We are not expendable

When things eventually go back to normal, when this curve starts to flatten but the virus is still out there, those who are at high risk are being asked to be the sacrifice. 

Currently, we are giving up our appointments, our care, our medications. But the world will be asked to eventually return to normal when the virus is still out there without a vaccine. This is when those who are high risk will be the most vulnerable, this is when those who are high risk will be sacrificed. When money and the economy means more than the lives of the elderly and those with high risk conditions.

I was told the other day by my doctor that it might take a least a year for this virus to subside, unless they find a vaccine. Which means that my life is on hold. I’m back to square one. I’m back to being home bound. I know the average person thinks this sucks, their plans got canceled, they don’t get to see their friends, they are temporarily laid off, but many others like myself will be in this position for far longer. 

I don’t mean to be the negative one here but I’m a realist, I see the trends. The blatant disregard of people thinking that they wouldn’t get sick because covid-19 would only kill the elderly and high risk persons. I see the trend again coming from the eventual ending of the curve. That well, “we are through the thick of it, it will really only kill the elderly and high risk.” I see people who are high risk having their jobs being in jeopardy. We will have to fight for doctor’s notes, not just for us but the people we live with who could expose us. This is serious guys. When the world is trying to return to normal we will be asked to remain isolated so we can keep ourselves safe, because unless there’s a vaccine, we will still be at high-risk and our lives matter. OUR LIVES MATTER. WE ARE NOT EXPENDABLE 

Please use hashtag #wearenotexpendable and tag whoever you feel will get the story out (whether it’s people in the government or other people in the chronic illness and disability community) let the government know that we want a vaccine and reassurance that our elderly and high risk population won’t be sacrificed before they start opening the government and businesses back up. What is your plan? How will you do this so you will keep us safe and not risk our lives? Our lives matter and we are going to be expendable! 

Published by Amelia Blackwater

I am feminist writer and poet trying to raise awareness on topics such as mental health and physical disabilities. I often write about things such as invisible illnesses and mental health/illness related topics.

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