She had underlying conditions.
Thus concludes a recent coronavirus update.
As if it explains her death. As if it’s pertinent.
But it doesn’t and it isn’t.
Instead, it minimizes her death and her life, the loss to her and those who knew and loved her, who planned on spending more time with her. It peddles a story so tragic that, without minimization, could be too much to bear.
Why not one of the following?
- Although physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other hospital employees risked their lives to provide her care, she didn’t receive the same life-saving treatments the president and his attorney received.
- She wrote birthday cards to her friends and family without fail.
- She had planned to visit New Zealand with her husband this past summer but had to cancel the trip due to the global pandemic.
- She is survived by her husband of 47 years, 3 children, and 8 grandchildren, all of who loved her and are devastated by her premature death.
- She would still be alive today except for COVID-19.
Context is everything.