Here I sit, back in lockdown. My home town has unfortunately entered its second wave of Covid-19, with hundreds being diagnosed each day and sadly 10 people dying in the last 24 hours.
Our governments, state and federal, have in my opinion done an excellent job of keeping us safe so far. So that leads to inevitable questions of why we are now experiencing hundreds of cases each day, when only weeks ago we were down to less than 20.
I could throw lots of relevant words in here that might help to explain it – complacency is high on the list, human nature is there as well. But after seeing a rather shocking video made by a young local lady last week and posted to social media, conspiracy theory is on the list as well. She said in the video, as she talked about “human rights” and her “personal freedoms”, that the virus isn’t real and doesn’t affect her.
Now, I’m not going to comment on conspiracy theories and the thinking behind them. But what I am going to comment on is the existence of conspiracy theories and the acknowledgement and understanding of T1D within the broader community.
One of the soft issues that the T1D community faces is the general ambivalence of the community about T1D and the issues associated with it. It has always been a conundrum to the T1D community about what we need to do to stay alive and healthy, and the general shoulder shrug of Joe Public. We’ve tried explaining so that, for example, the mothers of T1D children don’t get blamed for their children’s illness by other parents. We’ve tried explaining that it was not lack of exercise, or bad dietary choices that has led to us adults having T1D for the rest of our lives. We’ve tried to just get some spark of interest in the subject of T1D so that governments might be more willing to provide more for research into the causes and treatment of T1D, so that maybe one day the children of our children won’t need to live with the restrictions we have and the potential poor health outcomes that we all potentially face.
And we’ve always been frustrated at the very limited success our efforts have produced.
So now, with the combination of the young lady in the video and the state of mind she has to behave in such a way, combined with the fact that most people living with T1D look perfectly healthy and “normal” when you walk past them on the street, it’s a sad, but expected, state of affairs when the “It’s all fake and I won’t get it” get’s 1000 times more attention than the story of the teenager who went to bed last night and died a messy death in their bed, because they had a condition that only science and research will ever have any chance of solving.
Click, click, click for the video of the young lady.
The sound of crickets for the teenager dying in their bed.
Just imagine what her next video will be like if she’s diagnosed with T1D. Oh dear; hold on tight.