It’s the Three-Year Anniversary of the Pandemic - What Next?
Thank you, Dr. Lucy for your clear and compassionate health information! I deeply appreciate the update on Covid 19 and will share it with others. A fear of dying from Covid 19 was a large part of the pandemic originally, and it remains a serious aspect during the endemic for the most vulnerable. So, I believe the pandemic also brought to light our lack of understanding and acceptance of death. I believe we really need widespread, public conversations about death and dying, and real assistance in learning both how to live while we're still alive, and how to accept and prepare for our own and others' deaths physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Maybe you could interview a death doula and/or hospice chaplain and share information and aspects of both positive and negative death experiences to illustrate we may have some choice about how we and/or our loved ones will die. I know both kinds of experiences, from family experiences and definitely prefer the former, but really have nowhere easily accessible to talk about this. No one, anywhere, has ever offered any information, insight, or experience with death without my seeking or asking. I believe teachers, medical personnel, all kinds of therapists, and both religious and spiritual leaders need to become knowledgeable and comfortable teaching and talking about death. And then, let's also talk about how to prevent and/or heal the specific trauma and grief of dying and/or losing a loved one to death. Thanks for asking for comments! Thia
Talk about mental health! People like you are lifesavers with your common sense and spot on thoughts about so many aspects of our pandemic experience! Can you talk more about your thoughts on testing with no symptoms and any reliable information about contagiousness when asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic? This has been one the most distressing triggers of anxiety and keeps many people stuck and afraid to resume much needed social interaction. We never thought about feeling fine and potentially harming others before the fear-fueling public information super-spreading! Thank you!