Behind every statistic is an actual human who lived, loved, and was loved. Right now we’re inundated with coronavirus statistics. We see the numbers of those who have gotten sick and those who have died. Because of privacy laws and the very real dangers of contracting the virus, we don’t see beyond the staggering numbers, which makes it difficult to comprehend the reality behind the statistics.
In this articles from The Guardian, chief reporter Ed Pilkington examines the impact of the invisibility of the human cost of the pandemic.
We hear and talk about death all the time but we are not seeing anything,” said Megan Devine.“We know the statistics but are we letting that number, the weight of all that lost humanity, in? Click To Tweet
“We hear and talk about death all the time but we are not seeing anything,” said Megan Devine, a psychotherapist and grief educator in Portland, Oregon. “We know the statistics but are we letting that number, the weight of all that lost humanity, in?”
In the absence of the physical rituals associated with grieving, Devine said, even loved ones who succumb become invisible. “You can’t be at their bedside when they are dying, you can’t go to their funeral or viewing. They just vanish. That deepens the unreality of death.”
How about you? How has the invisible nature of the pandemic had an effect on you?
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