Here’s a conversation on what Morgan Freeman says here:
Craig: We weren’t taking tests before COVID? That’s not true, and it’s hard to imagine a person of his intelligence actually saying that.
The reason we’re living longer and healthier lives than ever in history is because of early detection and treatment of cancer, heart disease, and dozens of other diseases.
Women who don’t get mammograms and pap smears are extremely foolish.
Reader A: I disagree, respectfully. I think that we live longer, because our lives are a lot less hard and there are not many dangers, except for the lifestyle diseases. We could live even longer if organic food (instead of industrially and chemically changed food) and natural medicine would be a standard, and nobody would be afraid of a virus, either. I am (not) surprised that the government does not have the idea to run a campaign to boost our immune systems with natural means. We had two years time to get our health in a better shape and that is plenty of time for doing that. We eat shit, listen to shit and then we have what we have… a very strange version of a pandemic.
Reader B: You are absolutely right, in some aspects it is exactly what you said. I think if you re-read what he is you’d find that what he says is actually very intelligent and logical. All that he is saying is that don’t be afraid of any sicknesses and just live your life and if you happen to get sick rest, see a doctor, take medication and rest. I don’t think it gets any more logical than that.
Craig: Reader B, I agree that we should “live our lives,” i.e., not get paralyzed by worry. That’s not the same thing as acting responsibly and taking care of ourselves. And it’s simply factually incorrect that we weren’t getting medical tests pre-COVID.
Good point, Reader A. I should have mentioned that there is no doubt that early detection of disease is only one of many reasons we’re living longer. But in addition to breast and cervical cancer in women, consider prostate cancer in men. One in eight men will be diagnosed with PCa, but only 2% of them will die of the disease. That’s because routine blood tests identify the cancer before it metastasizes, and it can be treated effectively with surgery and/or radiation.