Covid-19 just another disease

We are so used to seeing medical advances that when something like covid-19 comes along we panic. I really thought that lockdown would be eased once the field hospitals were operational, what's the point of them if it's not to support more normal living during this episode?
We do die. It's normal to die, I will die. I accept this. Covid-19 is a new thing to die of, that's all. Why are we wrecking our economy and disrupting our lives to the extent that we are for something which is part of life.
We used to die of TB, measles, diphtheria etc in our tens of thousands. People in developing countries still do. Even if 250 000 died in the UK most would have died soon anyway, it still leaves 65 million.
As a society we need to learn to live with death, stop taking it as an affront when it comes. Must we be so scared!
However, rant over!
The First Minister has chosen our path and is showing good leadership taking us down it. I'll support what comes out of the dialogue as most of us will.
I would suggest that supporting a return to meaningful economic activity should be uppermost, the NHS has to be paid for after all. Opening golf courses won't pay the nurses salaries.

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Scotland needs a future with a healthy economy, and a population with a more pragmatic approach to health and illness.

by Scotspensioner on May 09, 2020 at 10:50AM

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  • Posted by Johnjul May 09, 2020 at 11:13

    Absolutely! There seems to be very little acceptance that death is a part of life nowadays even if the person has had a long well-lived life. Many old people get this. We don’t want the young to die prematurely however, this is natural selection and we are doing everything we can to counter her as usual. A bigger problem is the scary fact that the worlds population grows by 200-300 thousand per day, we should be panicking about that!
  • Posted by roddyhammond May 09, 2020 at 11:27

    Agree with most of the points but why suddenly pick on golf. It’s irrelevant to your argument. Opening golf courses does potentially help pay nurses salaries. It will keep people fit and well, allowing businesses to function. Busineses employ people who pay taxes which pay nurses salaries.
  • Posted by petermuir79 May 09, 2020 at 12:06

    Agree, we've been conditioned to fear death.
    Only certain part of life is that we die at some point..... well that and HMRC will get their money.

    Use the hospital capacity.

    Support the ill
    Support people who loose family members.
    Support the economy
  • Posted by happyjolucky May 09, 2020 at 13:49

    Callous. This is not just people dying after a 'life well lived' - this is a global pandemic. Yes, we used to die of these horrible conditions in the tens of thousands, and that's why we work hard to make sure this is not still the case!
  • Posted by Elkie May 09, 2020 at 13:59

    I agree that we shouldn't fear death. Without death life would have no meaning at all.
    And when an older person opts to give up the rest of their remaining time, so someone younger can have a better chance at survival, I respect that very much. But, this is a decision that can only ever be made by the individual.
    Who is to say, that the last day of a person 100 years old, is not in fact the best day of their life?
    Every minute of every life is exactly the same: a minute of living.
    Captain Tom raised 29 m for the NHS in about a week. He is a centenarian.
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