I’ve been feeling this way for a while and I know I’m not the only one
I’m just gonna come out and say it: I’ve never felt so down in my life. There’s a real hopelessness and uncertainty about things at the moment. It’s hard to explain but I feel a huge pressure or something over me, even when the sun is out (which is rare in Galway) and I’m at the beach, there’s still a feeling of a dark cloud hanging over me. Things in my life aren’t exactly great at the moment with family, finances, and my current living situation among other things, but the lockdown and restrictions have definitely multiplied my sadness exponentially since March.
The deaths of despair are going through the roof from all of this, people have lost their jobs, their businesses, people can’t see a counsellor, or attend hospital appointments (I’ve had one cancelled twice), cancer screenings have been suspended since March, they’ve stopped recording suicide rates, etc. The whole Government & NPHET should be arrested and imprisoned for the real harm they’ve inflicted on the Irish People. It’s unbelievably inhuman what they’ve done and continue to do. Apparently we’ve the strictest measures in Europe too.
Funny that we have to answer to Europe at every other turn (90% of our legislation comes from the EU) but when it comes to this we have sovereignty apparently. What this Government have done to their own people is the crime of the century. If you support the restrictions and believe the COVID-19 narrative then fair enough, we live in a “democracy” and you’re entitled to your views. But not everyone shares the same view on COVID-19 and lockdown etc and this needs to be taken into account!
From what I can see, it would appear that the cure for COVID-19 is doing more harm than the virus itself. 1,806 people have died with or of COVID-19. According to the HSPC report (2 September 2020), the number of people who have died from COVID-19 alone is 100. The other 1,677 people that died had a comorbidity(s) / underlying health condition like cancer, chronic heart disease, diabetes, etc. The average life expectancy in Ireland is 82 and the median age of those who have died from COVID-19 is 84.
I’m not saying that elderly people are not valuable members of society (they are) or that their lives don’t matter (they do), but we can protect the elderly and vulnerable in our society and let the rest of us get on with living our lives. Get rid of all the restrictions and let those who are healthy build up herd immunity. The virus has a 99.98% survival rate.
It’s honestly sickening how long this has gone on and it’s only yesterday the Government came out and said about taking Vitamin D and eating healthily to fight infection. It’s incredibly infuriating that we were told it’s just going to be 2 weeks of lockdown/restrictions so that we flatten the curve so that the health service in Ireland isn’t overwhelmed.
Here we are 6 months later, the hospitals are nearly empty, we still haven’t returned to normal life, and honestly they can shove their “new normal” crap! How many people are going to die by suicide, undiagnosed cancer, heart disease, stroke, etc? I guarantee it will be more than will die from COVID-19.