Initially COVID-19 witnessed a polite population where the only sacrifice was finding toilet paper, surgical masks, hand sanitizer, yeast and bottled water then hiding out at home. Hospital beds just managed to cope with the seriously ill. Now the seriously ill and the fatalities were highly skewed towards the elderly in scandalously filthy and incompetently managed long term care residences housing the seriously ill elderly the medical system had worked blindly to keep alive despite the poor quality of life they had.
Yes as a cardiologist I had warned so many of these unfortunates their lifestyle was killing them before they landed in long term care facilities but as many do (and sometimes wisely) they ignored the warnings I gave them and many paid the price with strokes, heart attacks, diabetes and then once immobile obesity. So the initial COVID fatalities were not the youngsters at an Alabama beach on Spring Break or at Trinity-Bellwood’s Park in Toronto but the febrile and crippled elderly or the diabetics, obese, indigenous populations, the homeless or those affected by heart issues. I recall seeing a study out of the United Kingdom in the early days of COVID-16 that 46% of COVID hospital admissions were obese people.
As subsequent waves of COVID-19 hit post 2020 the casualties were enormous and just about wiped out all those with comorbidities, poverty or ethnicity as described above. Yet the drain on the health care system dealing with the comorbidities resulted in excluding the non COVID afflicted millions from care if such a concept existed in their country. You need cataract surgery too bad so sad as we have top of the pops COVID to deal with! You are in pain and need a hernia operation then we will put you on a waiting list to get on the waiting list.
So in many Western countries with hospital beds and possible life saving technology a movement began to form which took on the nomenclature of “Fuck the Vulnerable Movement”. The movement was a movement for some and for others a silent way of thinking and was somewhat reminiscent of the “We are the 99%” movement that flashed up and out in the 90’s. In this case it was not resentment but rather extreme fear of being left to die in street as “the fat, old and crippled” received all the medical attention. And many not in the priority grouping did die in the street but not before firebombing long term care facilities, committing murderous atrocities in aboriginal communities and bludgeoning to death the obese.
For a time they were contained by police and the military but they remained a bubbling lava core ready to re-emerge to meet Virus #26 with a virulent right wing movement. The core leadership was located in Michigan and Florida and apparently had links to the Klan, Proud Boys and the tattered remnants of Trump supporters. It made an easy transition to Europe in Hungary and Germany where it was nationalized by the neo-Nazi movement and exported to disaffected millennials throughout Europe furious their sidewalk cafes had been closed by social distancing mania. Never ever separate a millennial from cherished outdoor patios!
The bottom line thought of these groups was why waste resources and vaccinations on the sickest and most frail. Why weren’t the healthy young population worth priority? As the vaccination supplies withered and hospital occupancy rates reached the maximum the Fuck the Vulnerable movement gained steam. At one point they managed to create a social media advertising campaign questioning the wisdom of vaccinating a 82 year old Alzheimer’s “vegetable” as opposed to parents of a young family struggling to survive in the midst of job cuts. The politico-medico elites paid no attention to Darwinism. As a physician I condemned the “Fuck the Vulnerable” as at least to me it reeked of Nazi ideals of let the undesirables be wiped out to focus on the “strong”. But all are equal in our socialized medical system in Canada but not with COVID. Was there no better more equitable fashion of apportioning medical resources?