We cannot stop natural disasters but we can arm ourselves with knowledge: so many lives wouldn’t have to be lost if there was enough disaster preparedness.
— Czech supermodel Petra Nemcova
KRISTEN Lowrey of Escalon, California, passed away last September 15 having contracted Covid-19 that led to severe pneumonia. The unvaccinated 40-year-old had previously campaigned against the coronavirus vaccinations and posted on Facebook that she was “unmasked, unmuzzled and unvaccinated.” In doing this Lowrey proclaimed herself on social media as a ‘free-thinker who ‘questions everything’.
Survived by her four children—Tayden, McKenna, Ella, and Ryenn—a GoFundMe page is now raising money for her funeral expenses.
While Lowery’s Facebook profile has been set to private since her death, screenshots of her have been posted on Reddit and other sites, and on the social media platform, she used political borders on her profile photographs, including one which read “Unmasked, unmuzzled, unvaccinated, unafraid. Together we win.” Another read “Free Thinker. Question everything. Research mandatory.” A third posted “Moms for Liberty.”
Earlier in September, Lowrey’s sister, Cassie, wrote on Facebook that the mother of four was in a hospital with Covid-19 and pneumonia. Cassie wrote: “My sister has a long life left. We need you here, sissy. Your kids love and miss you so much. Please don’t give up.”
She also wrote that she was not interested in hearing anyone’s opinions on vaccines—apparently adamant about her view against the use of vaccines in the fight against the coronavirus global pandemic.
Then recently, two of Lowrey’s family members announced on Facebook that she had “died from Covid.” Her aunt mourned that her heart was “breaking for her four kids.”
She wrote, “So many people need her here, but God must have special plans for her in heaven.”
To pay for Lowrey’s funeral expenses, GoFundMe raised over US$11k.
A statement on the GoFundMe page read: “Kristen was a beautiful and amazing woman but more than that she was a phenomenal mother who always, always put her children first.”
“She was full of life and loved her friends and family fiercely. She was the kind of person that even if she didn’t have anything she would give the shirt off of her back to anyone in need. She was everything that was good and kind,” the statement added.
“Her passing leaves a big hole in many of our lives and she will never be forgotten but will be greatly missed.”
This short article about Kristen Lowrey made me remember some acquaintances who thought Covid-19 and the pandemic as something just created by people to sow unrest and confusion in order to benefit from it by imposing policies and guidelines that would give them opportunities to take advantage of the situation.
One neighbor even told me that Covid-19 was merely influenza bloated out to horrific proportions to scare the people while some unscrupulous officials in government and the private sector used it to promote their interests in order to profit and earn from the citizenry’s misery.
Perhaps they have a point but we cannot deny that the pandemic is real. We just can’t dispel the deaths of more than 37,000 Filipinos as mere fabrication or the 4.55 million souls lost as news like those innocent lives of civilians who were killed in bloody conflicts and terror attacks across the globe.
Perhaps for those who are not afraid of the disease, it is because they have not experienced it at first hand or have come face-to-face with it since the pandemic spread early last year. But I for one have met it at have seen how my beautiful wife suffered while I had her quarantined in our small room a month before President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the lockdown of Metro Manila on March 16 last year.
It really is no joke and we should not be joking about it. What we need to get are factual information so we can prepare for any eventuality. Before the lockdown in March, I counted myself lucky to have gathered enough data about the virus so I did not have to wait or depend on any help or Ayuda from the government. And then again this year, when we reverted back to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), I was once more prepared with enough money to spare while strictly staying inside our home.
Let me say in ending that we cannot blame government or anyone else if we get sick. Our body tells us why and that is what really matters because this is how we can be prepared for all eventualities. After all, we do not want to be one of the 37,000 or more who had bid farewell because of Covid-19.