- Written by Michael Z Williamson
Background: I came back from the Middle East in late 2008 and fell over ILL.┬á I'd cough until I hacked up blood, pulse hammering, drink some water, pass out for a couple of hours, repeat. Sinus drainage, congestion, the works.
The VA was as useless as the VA usually is, giving me 6 different medications to fix the symptoms, but not addressing the cause.┬á "But you feel better, right?"
Yeah, but I'd like to get back to when I didn't need 6 pills and inhalers a day to survive.┬á Even if it means surgery.
Found a good private doc (Dr Sanjay Vyas, Indiana Primary Care, highly recommended if you can get on his list), who did five minutes of tests and discussions and said, "I think you have severe allergy and asthma, see this guy."
Dr Garrick Hubbard, nationally rated, Indiana Allergy and Asthma Care. Also highly recommended. He even has workarounds for people allergic to allergy treatment. Yes, that exists.┬á My wife has that.
Now, a lot of vets came back with similar stuff, and we're still sorting out how much was environmental, contamination, etc.
Dr Hubbard did a bank of tests, determined I had several environmental allergies I'd had not before deploying, and asthma, same.┬á (My pre-deployment PT test was 50 pushups in 60 seconds, 50 crunches in 60 seconds, 1.5 mile run in 11 minutes, and 60 seconds later my resting pulse was 63 bpm). After deployment, they wouldn't let me run in case I died.┬á I was bad. See para 1.
So Dr Hubbard lays out this list of issues, tells me the treatment, tells me median recovery is about 70%.┬á Given that my 8 liter lung capacity was down to a functional 2 liters, that sounds great.
Five years later, I was unmedicated between shots, lung capacity over 5 liters, no need for an inhaler, and I very occasionally take a decongestant or antihistamine if the trees are really bad, or the wet leaves are getting moldy.┬á We've been tapering off the shots for a while and should be ceasing them shortly.
I want you to comprehend that my doctor is top rate.┬á My doctor who is an expert in breathing issues.
During the initial COVID panic, he was requiring patients to remain in the exam room for the 30 minute post-injection observation period.
As of last week, back to normal. Get your shots, sit in the waiting area, which is roomy and has good ventilation. The staff are still wearing masks.
So if you're going to sit there shrieking that "OH MY GOD! WE CAN NEVER SIT THAT CLOSE AGAIN OR WE WILL ALL DIE! BECAUSE SCIENCE! YOUR DOCTOR IS TERRIBLE AND YOU NEED TO FIND A BETTER ONE RIGHT NOW!"┬á Then I'm going to just note that Dr Hubbard knows more science than you, and has proven so.┬á I'm healthy again.
Stop shrieking about "Because science!" and actually look at some.
COVID is bad for vulnerable populations, especially the elderly. But it's not going to last forever, and there's no significant risk even to asthmatics, if you're responsible about your hand washing and coughing.
And the odds are there will never be a vaccine, nor will it matter by summer.
Idiots in comments will be mocked.
- Written by Michael Z Williamson
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- Written by Michael Z Williamson
These are in no particular order. There's just too much stupidity to track.
COVID is not the flu, it's one of several variants of cold. The shrieking idiots that "it's just the flu" didn't help. And they were wrong.
The very initial lockdown made a certain amount of sense. No one knew what the actual threat level was, because not a single report from China regarding anything can be trusted.┬á It looked to be 200X as lethal as your average flu. It's not. It's on par with a really bad flu, like the 1957 Hong Kong Flu, and 1968 Asian Flu. Bad, but survivable. We also now know we have treatment.
So about that:┬á The drugs in question are tested and safe, and doctors prescribe variant uses all the time. This should not require the FDA to do any kind of lengthy study, and is proof we need to gut that agency. Between "Will die" and "this isn't entirely tested but will probably save you, maybe with some side effects," the choice is obvious.
I previously touched on how herd immunity works--after enough people develop antibodies, the rate of infection slows and for certain strains may go almost dormant. Viruses of this type are constantly evolving. There may already be 8 variants of this strain.
So, to get herd immunity, PEOPLE HAVE TO GET THE DISEASE. You can't develop immunity by not being exposed. See: First Contact with the New World. (and see my preceding blog post.)┬á We'll be back to that in a moment.
Since we know the elderly and immune compromised and especially both, and with underlying health issues are at risk, those people should be staying inside. EVERYONE ELSE needs to get outside and get exposed, most with zero symptoms, recover, and be immune, so as to minimize transference later.
YOU CANNOT STOP THIS TYPE OF VIRUS. The shrieking Karens screaming "GOVERNOR, SHUT THIS STATE DOWN!" are complete idiots.┬á Back to the New World:┬á 63 days across the ocean is long enough for an entire crew to have a viral infection (cold or flu) and get over it, and have antibodies and not get sick again.
So, why did the natives get sick?┬á┬áBecause it was a virgin field with no antibodies and the slightest infection was enough.
If you all come out now, a bunch of you are going to get sick.┬á If you hold off until May 1, even more of you are going to get sick, and we'll be in the worst economic depression the world has ever known due to a complete lack of engaging in economy.
If you all hide until September, you're STILL going to get sick, and at the worst time of year for it--October-December, just like the flu and other colds. More people will die on top of everyone who's starving to death because we will have literally no economy left. (And I realize idiots don't believe this is true, even though in just two weeks we've gone from 3% unemployment to 10%. It'll be 20% by next week, and likely hit 40% by the end of April, if we don't stop the stupidity right now.)
If you believe you can just hide out long enough for it to go away, you are an idiot. This apparently applies to most state governors.
Closing playgrounds--stupid. Young kids are very resilient to this and will shrug it off, and help develop herd immunity. Just keep them away from Grandma for a few weeks.
Attacking people for daring to gather in small groups--prevents herd immunity. Stupid.
Buying PPE from China...didn't you actually pay attention? Stupid.
Demanding only one customer at a time put groceries on the checkout belt, but not sterilizing it in between--stupid.┬á All you did was slow commerce down.
Banning people from numerous activities--stupid. See above. It also leads to more domestic violence, obesity, and suicide.
Closing farmers markets, with lots of UV and fresh air, while leaving stores open.┬á Stupid.
Insisting we stand 6' apart at the Post Office when the windows are 3' apart. Stupid.
Releasing criminals from jail, a controlled environment where you can actually have good odds of preventing transmission, so they're now outside committing crimes and exposed. Stupid.
Banning fishing, which produces food and keeps people 6' apart. Stupid.
Vermont--declaring VEGETABLE SEEDS AND GARDENING TOOLS that people use to RAISE FOOD so they can AVOID PEOPLE MORE (which they shouldn't be, but you want them to do) is freaking retarded.┬á You need to recall that governor right now. She's stupid.
Smashing the economy with illegal orders to stay inside and do nothing--stupid, and criminal.
Governors issuing executive orders:┬á The response to these needs to be "or what?"┬á Executive orders by definition apply to the executive and the cabinet--work on this project, prosecute more of this, make this available. They have ZERO legal binding on citizens. Claiming so and threatening police violence against people who refuse your illegal order is actually constitutional grounds for someone to exercise an Italian Recall. Though I recommend doing your best to be low key, because given that your average cop is stupid, ignorant, trigger happy, and "just following orders," until they actually start up the box cars (they've already been designating hotels as camps), your survival is better to comply.
A county banning the sale of books as "non-essential." This is such a blatant First Amendment violation the three members of that county board should already be recalled by ropes and lampposts. Ditto with banning church services. Also, what are we supposed to use to teach our kids?
Closing schools, playgrounds, museums, theaters, libraries, literally everything we would use to educate or entertain our kids. Stupid AND criminal and you should be defying those illegal orders.
Shortening store hours--this packs more people into the store in a shorter timeframe, which is actually good for herd immunity, but accomplishes exactly the opposite of what you're trying to do. You're so stupid, you're even doing stupid stupid.
Sending 32 cops to raid a 1 year old's birthday party. Stupid. And proves yet again that cops are mindless thugs with no respect for the Constitution.
The mayor of Knoxville demanding Yet Moar Fascism, and having 9 suicides in 48 hours, far existing the city's death toll from COVID--stupid.
Same mayor admitting she may have to "reconsider" some of the policies, but not immediately removing failed policies that made the situation multiply worse than it was--so stupid you should recall her right now.
Shrieking the ridiculous lie that "The Constitution is not a suicide pact!" Stupid. The Feds LOST both cases where they claimed that, all the way to the Supreme Court. The Constitution does, however, provide for the execution of tyrants. NEWSFLASH: They had epidemics in colonial times, without modern medicine. We've had at least four worse epidemics. We didn't turn into Nazi fucking Germany complete to "papers, please!" to go about your daily business. Further, if "emergency" can suspend the Constitution, there's already some leftist whore demanding it for "Climate emergency."┬á No, we will not surrender our Constitution because of a cold. If you're scared, stay home. The rest of us have a nation and economy to run.
Allowing governors to GIVE you illegal orders and demanding more--this is your own fault, you are stupid, you should not vote, you should not reproduce, and in fact, I'll buy you a one-way ticket to North Korea where you can live exactly that lifestyle. You are scum. And stupid.
At this point, if you're expecting me to care if a million of you die, you're stupid for the final time. I'm hoping for 10-15 million.
Sadly, as of 7 Apr, it's just barely cracked 11,000 deaths (and now 10 apr, 17,000), half what either the flu or the common cold have done this season.┬á Meanwhile, Malaria kills 15X that many every month in Africa and India, but because those are brown people and leftists are inherently racist, they won't even unban DDT to help address that problem.
- Written by Michael Z Williamson
Article by professionals linked at the end.
Idiots are still attempting to "quarantine" 3rd order contacts of anyone who has tested positive for COVID (Even if the test has an 85% failure rate). The myth is that this "flatterns a curve."┬á It doesn't.
This is not how herd immunity works.
No parallel is exact, but try this one to simplify it for state governors and other complete idiots:
We had cats, and we had a housemate. The housemate acquired a cat, but didn't want their precious kitten getting beaten up by the other three cats. So they came up with this brilliant idea of locking their cat in their bedroom for a month, under the idea that the other cats would SMELL the new cat, and accept the presence of the new cat, and eventually it would be all cool.
As anyone who's had cats can tell you, the other cats were pissed off when they smelled or heard the new cat, growled at the door for a month, and when the door was opened...
The cats fought anyway, and in about three spats and two days, status was established.
If you constantly try to quarantine healthy people who MIGHT have been exposed (but probably not), you "flatten the curve" to the point where the virus remains a virgin field infection for as long as you act like an idiot...and then will still run through the remaining population.
Coronavirii have existed for at least 8000 years. This strain is bad. But it's not going to magically go away, and no one has ever successfully cofferdammed around one.
The only way this works is for the people who are legitimately at risk, which all studies show to be the elderly and/or compromised and particularly both, to sequester (not "quarantine." You only "quarantine" infected) themselves, while the rest of us get on with life and spread that herd immunity so their odds of getting it are much less, and there's plenty of resources if they do.
This endless panic of, "ZOMG! My sister's coworker's husband was in the same room with someone who tested positive!" is not only stupid, it is insane. It's reminiscent of AIDS-phobia where people were terrified to shake hands with a gay man.
And shutting down all "non-essential" businesses and sales as a method is equally stupid for three reasons:
There are ZERO non-essential businesses. Every business supports the owner, employees, and families.┬á┬á
Urbanites are utterly unqualified to know what constitutes "Essential" since they basically have finished goods delivered to them by a magic truck backing up to a store. "Gardening supplies" (Vermont) enable production of FOOD.┬á "Books" are not only constitutionally protected, they're EDUCATION, something every governor obviously needs, starting with Thomas Sowell's Basic Economics.
And crashing the economy is not a treatment for a virus.
The Founders were correct. Non-land owners have zero credibility exercising franchise or holding office.
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