Anti-hypochondriac

I’m in because I like the tariffs, and no wars, and the peace deals, and no “Dear Colleague” letter, and Mnuchin, and DeVos, and the child tax credit, and the wall, and the support for Ukraine, and the fracking, and no national lockdown, and no national mask mandate.

I was never into the guy’s character. But I detest hypochondriacs who get the sniffles and immediately lie down and start very loudly and obnoxiously dying for the next three weeks. Just so you understand, I was in my car driving two hours after I woke up from my gall bladder surgery because I just urgently needed to drive by a place and pick up a thing.

So today I just have to admire Trump’s hutzpa. If we all managed to respond to COVID like Trump has, there would be no lockdowns and we would all be back to normal. There’s an important lesson here for all the people who think “my character is so superior” yet have dismantled their lives because of COVID.

24 thoughts on “Anti-hypochondriac”

      1. “Secret Service guys are at zero risk. Masks are even more useless than usual in this situation.”

        Not true, and not true. But you’re right so many other things that I won’t raise a medical objection about this.

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        1. So who’s the bastard who gave me a thumbs-down for my comment addressed to Clarissa?

          No courage to identify yourself??

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        2. I strongly suggest checking the number of COVID-19 deaths among young, extremely fit, healthy men. What’s the danger to them from a virus that is having no effect on a 74-year-old overweight Trump?

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          1. The danger to young, fit, extremely healthy men is death or lifelong disease. Everyone is thinking of COVID as if it is comprised solely of the primary lung disease, which just isn’t true. As time goes on, it becomes more and more clear that coronavirus syndrome/disease is complex and affects practically all organs, with damages being everything from impotence, to blindness, to psychosis, to heart attack & stroke etc.

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              1. Lol, if you look at psychosis as post-corona condition, we’ve had herd immunity for a long time.

                I’m inclined to believe all people who scream “Corona bad, corona dangerous!” were not financially affected by the pandemic. It became clear to me at my last work meeting that people don’t want to give up the convenience of working from home. They kept saying, “We should stay in lock down for at least another year”. If they had to feed their family on $250 a week unemployment benefit I’m sure they would not be so adamant about the dangers of the virus.

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              2. The brain effects of the virus far exceed mere psychosis. Since it affects the limbic system, effects range from (more comprehensively this time), epilepsy, motivation disorders, learning disorders, memory disorders, satisfaction (depressive) disorders, anxiety disorders, changes in risk tolerance/risk response, schizophremic disorders (including psychosis), waking/sleep rhythm, autonomic control of blood pressure, temperature perception etc etc.

                Also I read relatively few articles about the virus, and have been severely financially affected.

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              3. When I was on placement in a hospital many years ago I was acquainted with, among other things, a disease called meliodosis. Because of that experience, I became familiar with the idea of a single pathogen causing big problems in multiple organs even after a long time, that even makes the pathogen seem to mimic other diseases, where patients tend to suffer in their own unique (confusing) way.

                SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID19 disease is, imo, a kind of very nasty viral version of that, and so yes, I am serious.

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              4. I understand what you are saying. There was a 16-year-old boy I knew. I played soccer and another kid kicked him on the shin. He developed a large bruise. Then he developed a very aggressive bone cancer in that spot and was dead within months. Nobody knows how an individual body will react to something. But this doesn’t mean everybody should stay locked inside and never move.

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              5. Respectfully, I think that you’re not comparing things fairly, because risk inherent to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, that is becoming more and more well understood, is substantially different and much higher than risk inherent to contusions on the shin from being kicked.

                Personally, I think that the virus is a very serious threat – not only to the individual, but to the state/civilisation itself later on as effects compound, which in turn makes things like different kinds of social or economic disturbance/collapse possible etc. So, it should be taken seriously.

                That being said, staying home indefinitely and not moving while the society comes undone isn’t the correct way to go about it either.

                In my opinion, what should have been done, that is now too late to do, was to shut down borders right at the beginning, while keeping people as separated as reasonably possible by cancelling non-essential groupings, while the state itself ensured that people would not go bankrupt or starve by putting a hold on things like mortgages, and, if necessary, distributing food.

                The point of doing that should not have been to “flatten the curve” or anything like that, but rather to allow opportunity for any infection to burn itself out, while allowing time for rapid testing to be developed, allowing for any additional materials to be manufactured eg PPE, while of course allowing for the virus to be studied in that 3-4 month period or whatever it would have been.

                Then, with rapid testing in use, it would have been possible to gradually allow people to safely take upon themselves their usual tasks & work in a logical and reasonable way.

                Instead, the opportunity to do that was lost, with governments world wide burning through resources, public goodwill, changing the plan every 20 minutes, misinforming and manipulating people, crippling or obliterating the economy, propping up some sectors by indebting the nation while nonsensically sentencing other industrial sectors to death, creating distortions of all kinds everywhere, and then now, lately, just pretending that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is just a flu when it isn’t.

                So, while I know that everything is really, really bad and that people need to go about their lives anyway by necessity, it doesn’t mean that I’m going to mindlessly downplay the severity of the virus so as to make people feel better as they go into an uncertain and legitimately possibly quite dangerous situation.

                My personal preference is to see things as they are, accept the risks/dangers, speak of it openly, and to get on with it anyway because that is how it has to be, without any sugar coating or fairytales, as safely and reasonably as possible given the facts and only the facts at hand.

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            1. Some years ago I caught a stomach virus. It was 2 days of severe symptoms and then a year of upset stomach and indigestion. I would get stabbing pains after I ate anything fried or greasy and general discomfort after most meals. In theory, would it be worth to stay in all the time to avoid the virus? Hell no, it was one of the best years of my life. You just deal with the discomfort by adjusting you lifestyle and you heal eventually. We’ve become so weak and hysterical and so addicted to comfort.

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              1. The last time I had bronchitis, I had to take antibiotics. I had cracked a rib and was not willing to let it “run its course” any more. I regretted it. It only takes me six weeks to recover from cracked ribs (I’ve done this before). It took me six months to recover from the antibiotics. It was like I had carpet-bombed my intestines.

                Standard drugs have all kinds of nasty downstream effects, but I don’t see anyone advocating taking them off the market.

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              2. I completely agree about antibiotics. They are tragically overprescribed in this country. A doctor once prescribed them to my toddler because she had a scratch on her thumb. Obviously, I threw away the prescription.

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          2. He is currently hospitalized, had a fever, low oxygen levels, and is being treated in cocktails of experimental drugs. That is far and away from having “no effect.”

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      2. My family doctor, who has made a point of keeping up with the scientific lit on Covid, told me not to bother wearing a mask if I could avoid it (the masks trigger my asthma) because unless you’re a trained medical professional wearing a N-90 mask in a controlled environment, masks do more harm than good. They certainly don’t do what people think they do. She compared them to “wearing a petri dish on your face.” When I asked her why she and other doctors don’t go public with this opinion, she said, “Because I’d lose half my practice in less than a week…” She agrees that we should restrict large gatherings and that elderly people with health problems should take care–otherwise this is pure theatre. Meanwhile, several people I know are losing (or have lost) the small businesses they have spent much of their adult lives building up and tens of thousands of people live in reduced circumstances and often great pain because there is massive backlog of operations and cancer treatments in our hospitals, most of which have been largely empty since March (I live in Canada). I have never seen such mass hysteria, almost all of it in the educated middle classes.

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        1. The problem is not mask use, it’s bad mask use. This country never got educated properly on good hygienic mask use. Look at how well Asian countries are doing on this respect, they all wear masks properly. They’ve been properly educated and informed.

          Take a look at Vietnam for an amazing example of good handling of this crisis:
          https://ourworldindata.org/covid-exemplar-vietnam

          And guess what? You treat this seriously and implement good measures, you don’t have to sacrifice the economy.

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          1. According to this logic, China either isn’t an Asian country or didn’t just infect the whole world with COVID.

            As for why Vietnam might have better results on an illness that has a massive effect on obese people than the US, yes, it’s got to be face diapers that are making the difference. Without masks, all of those crowds of obese Vietnamese would totally be expiring from COVID.

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          2. Viets wear masks outdoors anyway, because they ride motorbikes and the roads are dusty. It is not normal to wear them indoors.

            That’s not why they’ve done so well. They have a long, contentious relationship with their neighbor China, received early intelligence about the virus, and without any publicity, closed their borders in December. The cases that do pop up are greeted with aggressive containment measures not possible in a free country: international visitors and returnees are forcibly quarantined and tested, and teams of hazmat-suited-enforcers descend on the family and friends of anyone who tests positive.

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  1. Loved this from Trump’s Walter Reed speech:

    “But I had no choice because I just didn’t want to stay in the White House. I was given that alternative: stay in the White House, lock yourself in, don’t ever leave, don’t even go to the Oval Office, just stay upstairs and enjoy it. Don’t see people, don’t talk to people, and just be done with it and I can’t do that, I had to be out front and this is America, this is the United States, the greatest country in the world. This is the most powerful country in the world. I can’t be locked up in a room upstairs and totally safe and just say ‘Hey, whatever happens, happens’. I can’t do that.

    We have to confront problems. As a leader, you have to confront problems. There’s never been a great leader that would have done that.”

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