Or lots of things you need to know to self-diagnose your covid19 functional illiteracy. And treat it? Let’s keep hopes at bay for now.
The virus existence
There is no virus. Fine. Reality is that many people are dying. Why now? Why so many? We had high pollution levels before. We had WiFi in our homes for more than a decade. Cell phones are regularly in our pockets or hands, not down our throats or lungs. We’ve been drinking sugary fizzy drinks and been eating junk since childhood.
What is then the common trigger? If you’re out of regular suspects, you’re on the right path to considering a pathogen.
Belief in the virus
You do not believe in this virus. Fine. Do you believe in oxygen? You haven’t seen it either, yet you breathe it and the lack of it makes you feel dizzy or collapse. Do you believe in electrons? You haven’t seen them, yet the device you’re reading these words on wouldn’t work without them. Do you believe in gravity? Yet you feet are in firm contact with the ground and apples always find their way down when ripe.
Lots of non-religious things taken for granted, huh? A virus, any virus, can infect you and those around you regardless your beliefs. Viruses are living things that know two things: to enter host cells and to multiply. That’s it. If cells are of a bat, of a pangolin, of a cat or of a human is irrelevant to them.
The virus virulence
It’s just a cold. Fine. When was the last time a common cold sent you or someone you know rushing to ER because yours or theirs lungs have collapsed? When was the last time a common cold caused clots that triggered an embolism for you or someone you know? When was the last time after a common cold when you’ve had trouble walking for short distances or keeping balance?
No such cases come to mind? Really? Maybe it’s time for you to take #covid19 for what it is: a systemic disease with deadly or crippling effects.
The dreaded masks
Masks are useless. Or bad for you. Fine. Does you cigarette have filters? Does your car have filters for its engine or your air intake? Do your windows have mosquito and dust screens? If perchance, you find yourself in need of on surgery would you recommend the surgeon and nurses refrain from wearing masks and washing their hands? Do you think that neurosurgeons are purposefully lowering their oxygen intake during interventions that take many hours in a row and require the steadiest of hands and the sharpest of attention?
Kind of hard to say no, right? Masks should not to be mandated if we exercise common sense, as they are just filters, preventing pollutants and pathogens being ingested or spewed towards those around us.
The long term effects
We do not know the long term effects of the vaccine. Fine. Do we know the long term effects of #covid19? For sure. Months after being cured people exhibit shortness of breath, weakness, confusion and a variety of other physiological or psychological issues. As inflammation is one of the key effects, not just in elderly but also in middle aged adults and youth, we will likely face large amounts of people requiring health care long after being cured. We also know the effects of having full ER units: people being queued for oxygen therapy and dying due not receiving help in due time.
So, is it still debatable balancing factual and documented versus theorized and undocumented social-media here-say? We’ve lived three waves so far. We know the pitfalls. And, yes we know the short term benefits (in countries over 70% vaccination). Do we need to die or kil others with our blissful ignorance?