One of the cognitive difficulties involved with COVID-19 is that the whole things is like a lottery.
You can take care and make necessary precautions, but it is always possible that you get the bug after all.
Once you are infected, you may be OK with only slight symptoms. On the other hand, you could proceed to severe symptoms, and even die.
Media reports suggest that the elderly and people with chronic medical conditions have the risk of developing severe symptoms. However, we also know that it can prove fatal for the young and healthy, too.
Governments all around the world are advising citizens to take extraordinary precautions, to the almost total halting of social and economic activities, with their own consequences. And yet, politicians including Boris Johnson repeatedly tell us that it is likely that a majority of the whole population would eventually affected.
It is the almost mystic cloud of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 that is making an adjustment to the disease so difficult. We would like to live sensibly, but it is not at all clear what being sensible entails in this case. That's the conundrum of the COVID-19 lottery.
Coronavirus is like a lottery.