Category: public health

    Choices

    Many conservatives and liberals share an ableist worldview that says getting COVID is now a matter of individual responsibility. Entering society to earn a living, visiting loved ones, buying food, and seeing the doctor are all optional activities, our free choice. We can choose to move about a society that couldn’t care less if we live or die, as long as we do so quietly, without complaint, or we can choose to wilt and die alone.

    We Are the Problem

    We blame the virus for
    the disastrous condition
    of our schools
    the catastrophic state
    of our hospitals
    the ruinous structure
    of our workplaces
    the collapsing authority
    of our institutions
    so we need not acknowledge
    the virus is not cause
    but revealer
    of our society’s frailty.
    @PlaguePoems

    American Sociopathy

    In the United States in the year 2021, you, as an American citizen, do not necessarily have the right to vote.

    You do not necessarily have the right to teach or to learn about matters of race, gender or anything else state lawmakers consider “divisive concepts.”

    But you do have one absolute, sacrosanct, inviolate, God-given, self-evident and inalienable right: the right to refuse a coronavirus vaccine β€” and to infect as many people as you can.

    β€” Dana Milbank, Washington Post

    'Keep Clean'

    WPA poster promoting public hygiene:

    WPA poster by Erik Hans Krause, ca. 1936–39. Repository: Library of Congress.

    Statistics and Tears

    “In fact, the more who die, sometimes the less we care,” [Paul] Slovic said in an interview. In greater numbers, death becomes impersonal, and people feel increasingly hopeless that their actions can have any effect.

    “Statistics are human beings with tears dried off,” Slovic said. “And that’s dangerous because we need tears to motivate us.”

    William Wan and Brittany Shammas (Washington Post)

    'Absurdist Tropes'

    Alpharetta, Georgia

    [A] great American experiment got underway in a place promising “the luxury of the modern South” with none of the death.

    Stephanie McCrummen (Washington Post)

    'The Public Health' (1840)

    Via JSTOR Daily, which describes an 1840 pamphlet advocating "a four-pronged approach to public healthcare that sounds remarkably like our own."

    Noooo!

    a mouth open, big scream

    I have had health insurance through my employer these past seven years, but I still depend on the Affordable Care Act. It has made the scope of coverage meaningful, especially by including so-called preexisting conditions. It has also relieved me of anxiety caused by not knowing if I would have health insurance from one year to the next. Yes, coverage has been growing more expensive, but at least there have been those statewide exchanges andβ€”if need beβ€”subsidies, which, I thought, would still make insurance possible.

    Enter bomb-throwing DJT.


    Image: Angela De Rosette, SP.M.0911, 2001, Library of Congress