Pandemics for most people are terrifying, but are especially terrifying for those who are most vulnerable. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen how people with pre-existing conditions and those with disabilities are at a higher risk of serious complication from the virus. Despite this, some of the general population has flaunted social distancing guidelines because they are not concerned about contracting the virus themselves. The idea of letting the pandemic rampage its way through the country to get it over with has been thrown around since March. The idea is that if the virus runs its course some people are going to die, but that is the price society has to pay in order to return to normal life. These people would be seen as expendable and contributing to the common good, but this idea fails to consider the individual people who would be sacrificed. If two percent of the population were to die, that is still over seven million lives lost. What is the line between someone deemed expendable and someone worth saving? Is someone with Type I diabetes more important than someone with Type II diabetes? Jevaan, in Station Eleven, had to make the devastating choice to leave his brother behind because he used a wheelchair. It was difficult but Jevaan did it in order to save his own life. Thankfully, COVID-19 has not come to the point where people have to pick their own lives over those they love. But in New York, ventilator rationing almost became very real and although unfortunate medical professionals would have had to determine the value of patient’s lives. This pandemic has clearly shown which lives the US prioritizes and which ones they do not. African Americans die at a higher rate than any other group. The poor die at a higher rate. The elderly at a higher rate and so on. COVID-19 has shown that vulnerable populations are not protected in this country because the lives of the young, healthy, rich and white seem to have been deemed more important. Governments need to prepare for future pandemics and plan for responses that protect the vulnerable population as well as the healthy.