So, to begin with, I am not dead. And I probably do not have the dread Winnie the Flu. Why not? Well, I do not have a fever and some sense of smell has returned. No, not all of it, but I can now smell the catbox when Euclid forgets to/refuses to cover (it’s hard to know with old codgers. It COULD be his protest against getting old, who knows?) Taste is probably back at 1/2 percent. I can tell I’m drinking tea, not just sweet water. From what I understand, the taste would not come back this quickly if it were Winnie.
I have since found that a lot of Corona Viruses — one of the normal causes of the common cold — and Rhino Viruses cause this symptom. I have vague memories of losing taste and smell when I was very young and had some colds, but it’s been some time. Or it’s been some time since I noticed. Look, over the last ten years I had symptoms far more worrisome than that. Also, though my memory has recovered if not to the level it was at 30, there are some things that are forever lost in a fog of hypothyroidism and sleep apnea [(probably NOT brought on by the weight gain after the hypothyroidism got really bad, (which was since I was about 40, judging by the lack-of-potassium issues and others) but definitely exacerbated by it. However, I’m one of the lucky, lucky people whose mouth conformation means I probably had sleep apnea since about 35 when ah…. tissues aren’t as youthful. I am now ALMOST the size I was at 35, if a little lighter, and I definitely still suffer from sleep apnea.] I know because I have almost-finished novels I don’t remember writing, and sometimes I start reading a book and remember bits and pieces of it, but not the whole.
One of the downsides of it is that you forget bits of your lived experience. Like, you know, did I ever lose taste and smell with colds before? As I said, I remember it when very young, but not recently.
OTOH it’s not an unusual side effect of colds and allergies, apparently. (It’s annoying, since tea with two drops of sweetener per pot is one of my joys in life. Apparently I’m not Connan.)
But this brings it to COVID-19. And how it’s being diagnosed. And how it behaves.
Yesterday a young acquaintance of ours got diagnosed with COVID-19 on SYMPTOMS. This is what is technically known in Britain as “Bullocks.” Or perhaps “Bloody Bullocks.”
Why? Because there is no specific set of symptoms to Winnie the flu that aren’t partaken (Partoken?) of by other URIs.
The unique symptoms get bandied about, then contradicted by the next report. “With Winnie the Flu you don’t sneeze” “You definitely sneeze with Winnie the Flu” “Winnie the flu has no body aches.” “Winnie the flu definitely has body aches.” “Winnie the flu strikes only the old” “We’re mostly intubating your men between twenty and thirty” “Winnie the flu is a DRY cough” “The cough with Winnie the flu can be productive.” “Winnie the flu shreds your lungs.” “So does any interstitial pneumonia.”
Honestly, the only thing you can say FOR SURE for Winnie the flu is that it takes longer (or its pneumonia) takes longer to recover from. Ten days in ventilators are talked of, as opposed to three. Oh, and that your white cells don’t …. rise to the occasion as they usually do, almost as if you were immune suppressed.
Only, of course, some people are immune suppressed. And though I no longer remember the exact explanation, when I had pneumonia but my blood cell count/immune system was also somehow suppressed, which they explained by my having had that same issue more than once and my body being “I can’t even!” (Which btw is my highly scientific recollection. Though you should perhaps remember I was oxygen deprived at the time.) So it’s not a unique thing with Winnie.
On “Who does Winnie the Flu kill, and how bad is it” we are about as confused as on symptoms, because apparently you know the US is not any more reliable on data than anyone else.
Why not? Well, as I said, people are diagnosing Winnie the Flu IN A VIRTUAL APPOINTMENT without tests, and that is influencing our “infected” numbers. At the same time, there are rumors that a slug to the chest, if you’re infected with Covid-19 makes you a death OF Covid-19 in certain populous districts of — oh, hell, in NYC.
And I do understand it is possible for doctors to say “yeah, he’d have survived if he weren’t ALSO suffering from Winnie the Flu” but–
BUT our numbers are in no way reliable. No one’s numbers are reliable.
Guys, I did tell you that unless we learned to do science properly again, and took the government funding out of it as the ONLY source for big projects (which means you find what the administration wants you to find — coff, climate science) we could no longer be an industrial/technological society.
What I didn’t know is that we could die from it. Or that that kind of uncertainty could be used to stoke panic. I mean, not panic that would work. They’d been trying to do this with Global
cooling warming climate change. But now they found a way of scaring us with as imprecise a set of statistics, as crazy a graph bar as any climatologist ever tried.
And it’s WORKING.
The effect and the insanity of the symptoms/age of death/etc being all over the place is exactly the same as playing telephone with a psychopath in the chain. Which we might very well have, if the psychopath is China-fueled-media.
Which means it’s yet another situation of nobody knows anything. Sure, Covid-19 EXISTS. But is it any more lethal than the common cold? We don’t know. Is it really new? I honestly don’t know if there’s any way to even determine this, so I appreciate commenters telling me. Or is it one of those many many coronaviruses that’s been circulating, which got blamed for the deaths in China (I’d guess famine and a bunch of other things. Up to and including, perhaps something chemical that got released during the military games. Or perhaps, who knows, a mutation on a virus that made it slightly more lethal, or–.) Is it hitting some regions harder because somehow the percursor virus (if it’s a mutation) had avoided it?
Is it real, or is it memorex? will it float, or will it sink?
With our data collection corrupted, our information channels infused with the motives of a deranged, politically-motivated media, nobody knows anything.
All we know– foams at the mouth in civil liberties — is that our local governments who, out of an excess of respect for individual freedom claimed they could do nothing to control the deranged, dangerous and largely voluntary homeless, can now lock their entire population in their own houses “to protect us.”
All I know is that even if we come out of this at some point — I don’t know about y’all, but my governor is now talking July. He likes playing bondage games with the entire population. He likes it, my precious. — this will be tried again, and again and again.
PJ O’Rourke at some point said that (from memory) giving politicians power is like giving teen boys a bottle of whiskey and the car keys. I think he owes an apology to every single teenage boy out there. I think they’d do a lot less damage.
So, considering that nobody knows anything, when do we start demanding not just the numbers but what goes into the numbers? How tight they are? Who are they testing? Are they even testing? How is cause of death determined? etc.
How long till we make the decision that science must be scientific and that people with political motives should shut the hell up? How long till we name and shame the Chinese agents in the press and tell people “Yeah, but he’s infected with sino-propaganda/money virus.”
It was bad enough when all they were doing was wasting our money and squandering our kids’ future. But now they’re using lies to keeps us under house arrest. BTW the criminals and homeless are still — of course — allowed to roam free. Because apparently the civil liberties of the crazy, law breakers and interlopers are more important than those of citizens.
The media and the left have fully declared themselves as enemies of the Republic by any other words. For our own good they want us to live in a socialist hell hole.
For their own good, I think we should deport them en masse to one. We’ll even let them choose.
Ultimately the Republic is OURS, not theirs.
How long will we the people TOLERATE this?