Do we need to change our attitude towards the virus entirely? (Image credit: Pixabay)

The tragic loss of Captain Tom Moore is among many recent reminders to take the virus seriously not only when we’re out in public, but within our own homes, writes Jamie Morris

Health is often a no-go area when it comes to comedy, especially when life-altering and fatal conditions are involved.

Jokes about cancer are considered “dark humour” at best and a complete taboo at worst, but Covid, on the other hand, seems to be free reign.

It’s understandable; our lives are completely defined by the pandemic right now, and it’s hard to imagine a world where social distancing isn’t always in the back of our minds, and continually-rising death tolls constantly on our screens.

To completely avoid discussion of it would be impossible, so it makes sense that we would try to find the lighter side of things to help us all cope with the constant doom and gloom.

But with over 100,000 deaths and counting, it’s well past the time for poking fun at this horrific disease.

Whether it’s a result of the new strain or just the fact that we’ve been in this mess for a year now, we’re at a point where most of us can name multiple people they know that have died from it, be it a direct relative or a friend of a friend.

“Nothing good comes from trivialising the disease itself and the devastation it causes daily for vulnerable people”

Making tongue-in-cheek remarks about how you’re grateful for the pandemic because it means you get a lie-in every day, or coughing and exclaiming “I’ve got ‘rona!” is a privilege afforded only to those who don’t have to worry about themselves or their loved ones dying every day.

Being so blasé about the current situation doesn’t exactly inspire much confidence that you’re sticking to the safety guidelines, either. 

There’s no harm in making light of the overall circumstances, whether it’s blaming little mistakes on “lockdown brain”, or yet again whipping out your banana bread recipe upon discovering we’ll likely all be stuck indoors for the duration of Feb and March. 

We all need a bit of humour to get by.

But the key thing to remember is nothing good comes from trivialising the disease itself and the devastation it causes daily for vulnerable people. 

Know when to keep your mouth shut – and most importantly, put a mask over it whilst you’re at it.