The Greatest Trick COVID Ever Pulled Was Convincing the World It Didn’t Exist

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    • #488524
      eridani
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      https://truthout.org/articles/the-greatest-trick-covid-ever-pulled-was-convincing-the-world-it-didnt-exist/

      Deeper than all, though, is a bleaker motivation at work. The vaccines have served the relatively healthy bulk of the population admirably, for the most part, and even those who endured “breakthrough” infections were able to weather the onslaught. This is altogether positive, but it also sets millions of people with more acute health issues into a separate, isolated place, and that isolation only grows every time someone announces the worst of the virus is over except for those who aren’t “well.”

      Put plainly, those within the population whose medical condition puts them at greater risk of COVID infection and death — I am one such — are an inconvenient pothole in the road to “All Is Well!” The hard push to rose-color the grim data stumbles over people like us. And there are millions of us; you know some of us if you are not one of us yourself. If you are one of us, you have surely noticed the brittle positive narrative as it passes you by like a highballing freight train, even as you endure the same levels of peril and fear that introduced themselves for a long stay three Februarys ago.

      Not to be the bearer of bad tidings, but here is the science: It is within the bodies of the immunocompromised, along with the sufferers of “long COVID” and other inconvenient groups, that new variants have tended to find their birthing bed. The longer we are sick, the more likely it is that a new vaccine-resistant variant could emerge from one of us. It has already happened multiple times, and will happen again with increasing ferocity until the science that saved us becomes the science desperately playing catch-up in a whole new abattoir.

      There are ways out of this just waiting for us to pursue. Congress abandoning funding for testing and new remedies is not one of them, nor is ignoring the ongoing plight of those who were sick before this detestable plague arrived. We cannot wish COVID away, but if we close our eyes to those who were already unwell before the pandemic and who live today in towering peril, history will remember this as the era when the so-called “greatest nation on Earth” got sicker and sicker even as it allowed hundreds of thousands of people to die because they were inconvenient to the advertising.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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      GZeusH
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      Is to solve the epidemic of vitamin D deficiency.  Blood tests for vitamin D levels are cheap enough and easy to run, but not if you rely on consumerist health care policy.  The tests need to be free and widely available as public health measures, with follow-up to make sure that those with low levels are bringing their titer up. Places like Cuba and China would naturally take that track, but not in the good ol’ profit-centered USA.

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    • #488578
      Ohio Barbarian
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      Each new variant of the Covid-19 virus has been milder than the previous version. Now it manifests as a common cold, when it manifests at all. We nearly all have natural immunity to it by now. Yet lockdown liberals wanna bring back the lockdowns. Yay.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

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      • #489033
        eridani
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        Though producing weaker symptoms,  it spreads far faster.

        And do tell us what your explanation is for the existence of long COVID.  How come there aren’t any colds of flu cases that last for many years?

        https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/covid-long-haulers-long-term-effects-of-covid19

        SARS-CoV-2 can attack the body in a range of ways, causing damage to the lungs, heart, nervous system, kidneys, liver and other organs. Mental health problems can arise from grief and loss, unresolved pain or fatigue, or from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU).

        Brigham says, “We’re seeing a spectrum of symptoms after acute COVID-19, some of which would be expected after other critical illnesses. Some are minor, but other people may need continuing care and even readmission to the hospital.” She notes that similar, lingering problems can affect patients with other serious illnesses.

        But what’s curious is that it seems post-COVID-19 syndrome is not just afflicting people who were very sick with the coronavirus. “Patients who were never severely ill are coming to clinic and saying that their lives are different now,” Brigham says.

        Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

        • #489081
          Ohio Barbarian
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          Get back to me in five years, then we’ll know.

          Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

          The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

          • #489338
            eridani
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            Is long COVID real?

            Ever heard of anyone having cole or flu symptoms that last four moths or longer? Granted, it is still not a very well-defined illness.

            https://time.com/charter/6165911/long-covid-policy/

            While the effects of long Covid can be both physical and mental, patients often rank cognitive functions at the top of their concerns, forcing companies to recognize long Covid as a mental impairment, which requires accommodations. Some of the symptoms, including depression, anxiety and brain fog, overlap with other mental impairments. Most employers have the policies and accommodation procedures in place for disabilities, mental impairments, and medical conditions, and can leverage many of those same policies for long Covid.

            Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

    • #488595
      Satan
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      …it really screwed up the numbers. It was a good thing that more mortals could get tested easier, and then do the responsible thing (hopefully) and self quarantine for the appropriate amount of time. On the other horn, because these were home tests, these cases weren’t reported and created the illusion that the pandemic was “over”, by the sudden drop in the number of cases… which in reality didn’t drop at all. So then all the mask mandates disappear overnight, and people start attending crowded public events again, and hey…. who would have guessed… some of these events turned into “super spreaders”. Worst of all, this latest strain of COVID seems to hit a lot of mortals twice. You suffer through the initial symptoms, quarantine yourself for a week or two, and then attempt to get back to “normal”…. only to find yourself getting sick again in another week or two.

      So while the current mutations of COVID may be less lethal up front they’re also far more contagious, and hang around inside the mortal body for longer. And that’s just the infection itself. Hell only knows what the long term implications of that will be. And the natural immunity thing…. well, just as it is with the flu and the “common cold”, that immunity only goes so far. Once you survive a particular strain of the virus, you are probably immune to THAT strain. But that doesn’t guarantee you immunity from future mutations. Just as millions of mortals get a flu shot every year, and still end up catching the flu sometime in the winter…. because it’s not the same strain of influenza as the one they were vaccinated against.

      Now on the other horn…. this monkey pox hysteria in the media might be unnecessary panic, at least for any mortal who was vaccinated against small pox. And that was a standard vaccination for decades, so the boomers & gen-x’ers are probably safe there…. I’m not sure if they stopped giving the small pox shot once they declared that particular disease to be “extinct” (aside from the stuff they keep in laboratory freezers), but that might leave some of the millenials & young-uns vulnerable to the monkey pox.

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      • #489357
        Ohio Barbarian
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        It’s old technology. It’s tested. It’s safe. It’s not patented so it’s cheap. And it works. Smallpox is just too nasty a disease to allow to come back. So are polio and any number of other things we’ve had vaccines for nearly all of my life.

        But Big Pharma doesn’t want to make it because there’s no profit in it.

        Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

        The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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