That’s how Jacqueline calls an opinion piece that appeared in Trouw yesterday morning. “Do we want to keep protecting the weaker until a vaccine is available, or are we willing to accept that weaker, older people die earlier?”
A column by Marianne Zwagerman also appeared earlier, in which she described older corona victims ‘dry wood’ calls. According to the columnist, it is ridiculous that all attention is focused on saving the lives of the elderly (in her words ‘dry wood’) rather than focusing on the future of young people and the economy.
‘Do not overreact’
And that tweet has already received hundreds of responses. This also applies to 38-year-old Judith. She has type 1 diabetes and brain damage.
“It makes me really sad to be called dry wood. I can feel the tears coming up now,” says Judith. “The term dry wood is for a piece of wood that is already dead and no longer of value.”
“Every relaxation makes me more anxious. I have the feeling that people no longer take it seriously. When I ask whether people want to keep their distance, they respond with ‘don’t pretend’. Of course you don’t see that I am in the risk group fall. ”
John is also angry. He has colon cancer that has spread to the lungs and also survived corona in March. “I am annoyed that people complain so much that their freedom is being taken away and that they are no longer allowed to do anything. Then I think: what are you moaning about.”
“Since I was diagnosed with cancer in October and started the treatment process, my life has come to a standstill. Moreover, the discomfort of a mouth mask is nothing compared to a tube in your throat while you are in the ICU.”
For the people who do not comply well with the corona measures, John has a message: “Hold on. If you behave well now, you can party normally again next year.”