Using COVID to Self-promote

People are using COVID to self-promote in a disgusting way.

There’s an aspiring screenwriter called Bess Kalb who has attracted a gigantic number of Twitter likes and follows with a harrowing story about her father, an ICU doctor who is seeing young, healthy patients slaughtered by COVID. There’s a long and detailed story about blood transfusions, X-rays, patients dying, etc. One story in particular, about a patient getting 8 blood transfusions in a row and still dying because COVID “tore his organs to shreds,” is especially poignant.

COVID porn lovers flocked to Bess like flies to honey. And then it turned out that Bess’s Dad hasn’t been inside an ICU or administered blood transfusions in years. He’s doing telemedicine. The story is a lie, start to finish.

I knew it was a lie long before the revelations about Bess’s Dad came to light. The story sounded completely invented because I’ve been following the science. And I mean the actual science. Papers written by scholars and not media reports about papers written by scholars. This is why I knew Bess was lying because she wants to be hired to write for ER-type TV shows.

Now that the truth has come to light, Bess has offered all kinds of clumsy excuses to justify it. (“My baby is teething, I’m exhausted, leave me alone, you Nazis!”)

But there are 174,000 people by the latest count who believed Bess. Sad, isolated people who are being manipulated by the Bess Kalbs and the Neil Fergusons of the world.

This is one of many stories of COVID self-promotion. Remember the fake nurse who was actually an aspiring Instagram personality? There are many people who are going come out of this with strengthened personal brands and improved career prospects. Because we let them dupe and abuse us.

3 thoughts on “Using COVID to Self-promote”

  1. The biggest self promoters are politicians imo. Where I live, the guy in charge actually fake cried and failed while talking about it. Like a comedy skit, except that it was real. And, since most of the people in the crowd depend on him for a paycheck, no one said anything.


  2. Clarissa, I know of no other way to ask this. but a previous post of mine I must have flipped the email and name, and now my email shows as contributor (also incorrectly transcribed). Can you fix this? Sorry to have to bother you, and maybe this request cold be removed. My apologies. I love your blog, honestly more for the vignettes of you and Klara, rather than the news. Reminds us of our time with grand-kids when they were little. Memories to treasure as time passes so quickly.


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