I'm going to be honest, I was someone who when this pandemic first really broke out in the Western world, when it actually seemed relevant to my own life and not a far off issue which in itself is ignorant and close minded of me, I was comforted by the news that COVID-19 was mostly only lethal to immune compromised and elderly people. As fucked up as that sounds, when this first started it felt reassuring to know in all likeliness if I got sick, I would make it through. As we've watched this pandemic unfold, we've seen how although this still may hold merit anyone really can die from the virus and as all three authors talked about in their respective articles, resources are thought to be best used on those patients who have a fighting chance. I am conflicted. Because while I agree that everyone deserves to be treated equally and everyone on first come first serve basis should be trested in that order, I understand why a ventialtor may go to the young pregnant woman over the 90 year old man. When it comes to disabled individuals, I don't think the same logic applies, meaning I wouldnt say the young abled woman should have the resource over the young disbaled woman. Compassion and empathy are so important in times like this and reading these articles made me confront my own unconcious biases (being raised subconciously with "survival of the strongest" instincts, being around ableist sayings and situations growing up, etc.) Again I have no right to be in charge of any decisions on who lives and who dies, I don't think anyone does, we can't play God. However the question still remains with the fucked up privatized health care system we have and the disorganized dumpster-fireesque leadership of our nation, how do we use our resources to save the most lives? Not the highest quality lives, but the most lives in general, regardless of ability. Age however is still something I'm caught up on if there has to be a choice made. How are other people thinking about that particular dynamic of the situation? Sending my love to all in this tough time <3
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