Op-Ed: Disabled People Can’t Learn to Live With COVID

By Rachel Charlton-Dailey: For Complete Post, Click Here…

As we near the second anniversary of the pandemic, the virus is still rapidly spreading. But instead of remaining vigilant in the face of new variants, many people have become complacent. People are eager to return to “normal,” whether that’s in business, school, work, or their social lives.

But many of us can’t do that.

There’s the overwhelming sentiment that COVID-19 is something that we are all going to have to learn to live with, and that we’ll all catch Omicron eventually. But for disabled and vulnerable people, like those who are immunocompromised, COVID-19 may always be extremely dangerous. Not all of us will be able to survive COVID-19. 

Where I live, in the U.K, 6 in 10 COVID-related deaths in 2020 were among disabled people.1 We are among the most susceptible for COVID-19, and for a while, accommodations were made that truly benefited us, ranging from remote work to virtual game nights. Now that the world is going “back to normal,” however, many of these accommodations have gone away. Once again, we’re getting left behind.

I feel like a big part of the reason I’ve not caught Omicron is that I’m essentially quarantining again while everyone else carries on with their lives. Just this week, I canceled seeing Six The Musical on tour for the fourth time since 2020. I only leave the house to walk my dog or to go to the supermarket twice a week. I’m missing my nieces grow up. All the while, it breaks my heart to see so many enjoying life on Instagram and Facebook like nothing is wrong. 

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