OT - 21 year old woman died of covid-19 yesterday in the UK
She had no previous health conditions. She was healthy, had her whole life ahead of her, and now she’s dead. This is why we need to stop passing children back & forth. So many people are going around believing that they won’t they get it, or that they’re young & healthy so if they get it they’ll be fine. This isn’t necessarily true.
There are children out there catching this virus, some of them require hospitalization, others can fight it at home. If your child gets sick & needs to be hospitalized, how likely is it that mum & dad will get to be by their child’s side as they fight for their lives? If enough children get sick, how long do you think it will be before hospitals start banning parents from being there with/for their kids?
People keep saying ‘I shouldn't to go without seeing my children’, but there are plenty of stories out there of healthcare workers in intact families who are doing exactly that. They’re sending their children to stay with relatives to keep them safe, knowing that they can’t be sure when they’ll see them again. They’re choosing to go without seeing their kids to keep their kids safe. Why can’t people see the bigger picture?
The math of social isolation doesn’t lie, passing kids around does nothing to prevent the spread, and everything to allow it to grow exponentially. If my skids come to my house & DH or I pass it to them without knowing we have it, they bring it to BM, who passes it to her BF, who passes it to his kids, who then bring it to their home. All these adults are still going to the store, unaware that they’re ill, and passing it to people in the store. Those people go home & give it to their families, some of those families will be blended as well, and if they’re passing kids around will transmit between those houses. And so the cycle continues.
This is why kids cannot be the exception. It’s not just the contact between the houses, but the exponential affect it can and does have to everyone else around us. I find it insanely hypocritical that people on here are judging those with teenagers who are going out, yet are continuing to exercise visitation. How is it any different for a teenager to go out with a friend & pass it among them than a parent to transmit to their child or pick it up from them? It’s not. We’re just emotionally attached to one scenario and removed from the other, which allows us to see clearly why one is wrong yet decide the other is perfectly acceptable.
This virus doesn’t care who you are, whether your parents are divorced, what age you are, or how much money you have in the bank. While it has, to date, been more lethal for older or immunocompromised people, that doesn’t mean young, fit, & healthy people cannot still suffer from this or sadly pass away, as was the case for the 21 year old yesterday. I can only imagine the grief her family is feeling right now.
Please think about how important it really is to pass your kids back & forth. Personally, I would hate to see my kid or skids on a ventilator, especially if they had to go through it on their own without a parent there because the hospital has restricted visits to keep everyone safe. I can’t think of anything worse, asides from losing them altogether, which I don’t even want to think about. The more strict everyone is for the time being, the sooner we’ll be out on the other side of it. Please please please think about it, time can be made up after the fact, but death is permanent.