If you are lucky, you may emerge some days later on a path to recovery. However, many people (estimated at around 60 percent of those receiving active ventilation) will not survive. This is why there seems little about a COVID pneumonic death that can be described as ‘friendly’.
The Worst Death?
On a recent Radio Lab WNYC podcast (3 April 2020), Johns Hopkins University oncologist, Dr Tatiana Prowell, was interviewed. Her discussion raised the critical, but mostly overlooked, issue of dying alone. A COVID-19 death is, according to Prowell, ‘the worst death’ for this reason. She explains:
If something good comes from all this, it’s to distill down all the unnecessary stuff that has gone and that what’s left is what really matters: like you are down to ‘do we have sufficient nutrition? Are we with the people we love most and are they safe? Are we able to do our essential work even if it’s hard and its made more complex?