How did it come to this?
words from @disabilityreframed “We’ve been abandoned during a global pandemic killing us at disproportionate rates… And since it needs to be said, again, disabled lives are worthy of living.”
What is eugenics? (I wrote about his concept in Hysterectomies.) https://momoirist.com/2019/04/26/hysterectomies-and-girls-with-disabilities/
We are talking about it being okay to relax Covid community precautions because only those with health conditions, disabilities, and or racial and ethnic minority groups. Y’all are okay with that? This is acceptable to you?
In remarks reminiscent of the darkest days of the eugenics movement, Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said Friday that the fact that COVID-19 predominantly kills people who are “unwell to begin with” is “encouraging news.”
Treat people with respect and dignity. The Golden Rule. The right to life, liberty, and happiness.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Life is an unalienable right. And the CDC and our country is not concerned with the well fare and life of those with any health concerns. How can thise wrods be spoken on national television without a blink of an eye?
According to the CDC the list of co-morbidities is long-
cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, chronic lung disease (including asthma and cystic fybrosis), dementia and other neurological conditions, diabetes type 1 or 2, Down Syndrome, Heart Conditions, HIV infections, immunocompromised state, mood disorders (depression, bi polar, schizophrenia), overweight or obesity, pregnancy, Sickle Cell disease and Thalassemia, smoking, organ or blood stem cell transplant, stroke or cerebrovascular disease, substance use disorders, and Tuberculosis.
People of any age with the following conditions are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. Severe illness means that a person with COVID-19 may:
- Be hospitalized
- Need intensive care
- Require a ventilator to help them breathe
- Older adults are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. More than 81% of COVID-19 deaths occur in people over age 65. The number of deaths among people over age 65 is 80 times higher than the number of deaths among people aged 18-29.
- The risk of severe COVID-19 increases as the number of underlying medical conditions increases in a person.
- Long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put various groups of people at increased risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19, including many people from certain racial and ethnic minority groups and people with disabilities.
- Studies have shown people from racial and ethnic minority groups are also dying from COVID-19 at younger ages. People in minority groups are often younger when they develop chronic medical conditions and may be more likely to have more than one condition.
- People with disabilities are more likely than those without disabilities to have chronic health conditions, live in congregate settings, and face more barriers to healthcare. Studies have shown that some people with certain disabilities are more likely to get COVID-19 and have worse outcomes.
I feel betrayed by Biden’s administration and the CDC. I have used this presidency and the Center for Disease Control as a foundation for arguments for wearing masks, getting vaccinated, for protecting our community. Pandemic connotes a communal experience. The definition includes the necessity for a whole country or the world to be infected with a disease. there is nothing individual about a pandemic. This isn’t about choices. This is life or death for people I love. For myself. I am at least overweight of not obese. I have an immune disease called CVID. And I have asthma. Oh and that incredibly rare–depression. You know I am worried about my daughter MIm- intellectual disability, mood disorder, and neurological condition. Her best friend has Down Syndrome, a heart condition. Who do I know that does not have one of these co-morbidities. It is very likely that other than inconveniences, a quarantine Christmas and some consequences of additional social isolation- my little family will come out of this pandemic unharmed. But the numbers are astonishing. 836,000 deaths just in the US.
Maybe you go on vacation. Maybe you don’t wear a mask to the grocery store. Maybe you send your child to school after being exposed at a weekend sleep over. No harm. No foul. —fuming.
What is selfishness anymore? Being selfish has become a value and selflessness is an Achilles heel, a mistake, a fatal flaw. No one gives until they can’t give anymore.
I spoke on the phone to developmental pediatrician and a mother of a child with a disability and we acknowledged the need to put on our oxygen masks first in order to care for our child and we acknowledged the impossibility of this theory in real time.
Living white, healthy and non-disabled is a privilege.
What responsibility do you have to those who are dying of Covid 19? What responsibility do you have to the student in your child’s school who has leukemia? What responsibility do you have to the man with Down Syndrome who bags your groceries? What responsibility do you have to your neighbor isolated in a nursing home? What responsibility do you have to the public school teacher who is pregnant? What responsibility do you have to protect people with severe disabilities?
The Beatitudes. Valuing humility, meekness, suffering, focused on justice, the merciful, pure of heart, peacemakers, and the persecuted/tormented/bullied. So far from where we are today. Our world, our community says more often- Show no mercy. Never let hem see you sweat. Stay in your own lane. They don’t deserve forgiveness.
You there. I see you. I see your disability, your fatness, your dementia, your blackness, your poverty, your addiction, your illness, your fear. I see your value. I see you my fellow human. You are whole. You are worthy. I am so sorry that our administration that we put faith and hope into with our vote does not recognize your beauty and your full humanity. I am so sorry that the Center for Disease Control is not doing it’s job to protect your life. I am so sorry.
I weep for you. I weep for your horrific confirmation that the world sucks, far too often.
- wear a mask
- get vaccinated
- stay home if exposed
- stay home if symptoms
- get tested
- call Biden and tell him to send the best mask to everyone
- Tell Biden and the CDC to send at home tests to everyone
- teach your children to love everyone
- teach your children and your husband to value selflessness
- teach your children to share
- admit when you are wrong
- work for justice
I gotta make some bumper stickers about this stuff.
We are all connected. We all do better when we all do better.