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The Truth and Covid-19

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Folks, lately there has been an assault on the truth the likes I’ve never seen.

First, there are the Covid-19 deniers. The folks who say there is no such thing.

Those are the worst of all. Because they are denying something because it hasn’t happened to them. (That is what narcissism is all about, to my mind, even though that is not its classical definition.) And because it hasn’t happened to them, goodness knows, it couldn’t have happened to anyone else.

Second, there are the Covid-19 minimizers. These folks say it’s not that bad. That most people will live if they get it. (True enough, though incomplete.) That the worst cases are only happening to people with pre-existing medical conditions or those of us who are overweight/obese (or, forgive me for using this offensive term, morbidly obese). And they say this with a casual disdain, as if these folks deserved to die or be severely impaired for the rest of their lives.

They aren’t much better than the first group. Not really. Because most of them haven’t had any relatives, doctors, or even casual acquaintances come down with it. And because it hasn’t happened to anyone they know, they figure it’s not really happening to anyone.

And third and somehow even more deadly group of people are those of the above two groups I’ve already mentioned who happen to be in the United States government right now. These people are making public policy, and yet they don’t have all the facts. Worse, they don’t seem to want all the facts…because that would interfere with their worldview, and goodness gracious, they can’t have that. (/sarcasm)

I am frustrated with these people. They don’t learn unless it happens to them. And sometimes, even if it does, they learn the wrong lessons.

Granted, we are all free to learn anything we want from our mistakes. But Covid-19 is so deadly to a certain percentage of the population that making too many mistakes will kill millions.

That’s a fact, too, whether anyone in those three groups I mentioned will ever admit it.

The truth about Covid-19 is that it’s awful. It has struck down people from all walks of life. It has struck down people of all ages, including the youngest (not many of them so far, but some). And some who’ve lived through it will be profoundly impaired the rest of their lives.

Now, me saying all that doesn’t mean you should panic. Because panic doesn’t get you anywhere.

What I am saying is that you should not deny reality.

Covid-19 exists. Take reasonable precautions. Do what you can to stay safe.

And if you are someone who cannot wear a mask due to any reason, be extra-cautious. Do what you can to stay in your car if you must leave your house. Let others do your grocery shopping, as much as that galls, as well as any other errands you have.

The final, vital thing I need to mention today is that you must prioritize your own life and health right now. No matter what anyone else says, you must do this.

That way, if you disagree with 100% of this blog, you can argue with me later as to how bad Covid-19 really was…rather than insist now it’s not a terrible thing, and end up finding out the hard way later that you were utterly, utterly wrong.

Written by Barb Caffrey

July 29, 2020 at 3:40 pm

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  1. Thank you for saying this. It makes my stomach hurt looking at all this right now. So much denial of truth about a great many things.

    Kayelle Allen

    July 29, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    • You’re welcome, Kayelle. It makes my stomach hurt, too. I don’t understand how some folks, who haven’t yet — and I do emphasize the word _yet_ — seen Covid-19 in action can decide that it’s never, ever going to affect them and theirs.

      While I’d like it if it stopped affecting everyone, the fact is, Covid-19 exists. It’s here to stay, at least for a while. (Let’s hope not forever.) And folks have to start dealing with the reality of what is, rather than what they think life should be or could be.

      Stay safe, Kayelle! 🙂

      Barb Caffrey

      July 29, 2020 at 3:55 pm

      • I’m an introvert who loves her alone time. I only meet with very close friends who are (hopefully) as cautious as I am – my critique group. Otherwise, I am in the house and going nowhere. Delivery of groceries is one of the best things to come out of this. I have not had to go out for anything since early spring. Once this is over, I will probably keep right on doing this. Saves a lot of time!

        Kayelle Allen

        July 29, 2020 at 4:02 pm

      • That’s good, Kayelle. Keep doing whatever works. 🙂

        Barb Caffrey

        July 29, 2020 at 5:50 pm

  2. I guess I might fall into one or more of your groups.

    The infection fatality rate isn’t much above seasonal flu. The Wake Forest study is said to have estimated it around 0.1% (which is what we were told a few months ago was what the seasonal flu averaged). The Stanford study back in March estimated it at between 0.25 and 0.4%. I think the last CDC estimate was 0.65%. This isn’t going to be the Black Death. It isn’t even going to be the Spanish Flu like Neal Ferguson was originally trumpeting.

    And yes, if you aren’t in a high risk group, there is little to fear from this. I am in a high risk group, as are most of my close relatives. I still think the reactions taken by many politicians and some businesses are overblown.

    As for whether or not it’s real: I do believe it’s real, even though scientists have so far been unable to isolate a unique genetic sequence, nor have they determined if it’s actually something that jumped from an animal to humans or been genetically modified. There is a real lack of evidence at this point.

    kamas716

    July 30, 2020 at 10:56 am

    • There’s also the problem, which the CDC admits on their website, that the antibody test can’t tell the difference between corona viruses. So a positive test result means you might have had Covid-19, or maybe it was just the common cold.

      kamas716

      July 30, 2020 at 11:40 am

      • Yes. That, too, is true. And it may be why antibodies so far don’t seem to stick…we may be looking at the wrong antibodies.

        What I think is most promising is the research from the plasma of people who’ve recovered. That may be the best way to handle this.

        Please stay safe, Kamas. May you and your family be well. 🙂

        Barb Caffrey

        July 30, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    • Kamas, I’d not put you in those groups because you are listening to the scientists and making your own risk assessment.

      Yes, some of everything we hear is overblown. There’s no doubt of that. And some politicians run scared, while others — such as the governors of Georgia and Florida — don’t do anything until things slapped him in the face.

      The big problems remain that there are certain groups of people who either won’t stay home or won’t try to protect themselves in any way. We just saw that with the Miami Marlins baseball team; they didn’t think they’d get Covid, and they apparently went to a strip club. Someone there had it, they caught it, and now the whole team has had games cancelled and at least 14 players (last I checked) were out of action for weeks (if not months, as no one knows yet if they’ll get a milder case, which isn’t great but isn’t horrible either, or a more severe case that can lay them up for a long time and have consequences for years, providing they survive it).

      It’s the folks who insist that the virus isn’t real who are in government that frustrate me the most, Kamas. But even some of them are starting to get the message, so I guess we can always hope something will improve there. (It beats being a fatalist, anyway.)

      Barb Caffrey

      July 30, 2020 at 3:39 pm

  3. Well said Barb.
    If anyone thinks we can go back to where we were pre-2020 they are mistaken. We are in the Covid-19 era. We mere creatures on this planet will now have to learn to adapt. Not all the conspiracy-theorists, ring-wing radio talk-show hosts, ‘Trumpests’ ‘Fundamentalists or just the plain irresponsible shouting and parading about like spoilt children because it’s raining and they can’t go out, will halt one single virus.
    In the long history of Life this is nothing new.
    Just because we have worked out how to create computers and thus social media, can send craft to orbit around our planet, extend our life-spans (well those fortunate enough), are able to order stuff to our doors and only have to wait 24hrs (well those fortunate enough) does mean we have total and complete immunity.

    deteremineddespitewp

    July 30, 2020 at 11:51 am

    • Yep. Viruses can still stop us in our tracks, that’s for sure. Or at least slow us down.

      Thanks, Roger. 🙂 You and your wife stay well, OK?

      Barb Caffrey

      July 30, 2020 at 3:40 pm

      • Sheila has been having a bit of a trying time of late, but on the birthday (70th) on the 19th July our daughter Meg turned up for a surprise visit (I had been advised). So good birthday.
        And now it’s hot (the day before yesterday it was cold).
        But we ‘poddle’ on thanks.🙂
        How are you Barb?

        deteremineddespitewp

        July 31, 2020 at 2:55 am

      • I’m hanging in there. It’s been too hot here, but yesterday wasn’t so bad. Just finished up an edit…hoping to get some writing done this weekend. 🙂 (You know. The usual.)

        Barb Caffrey

        July 31, 2020 at 4:52 am

      • Keep on keeping on.🙂🌸 🌼 🌻

        deteremineddespitewp

        July 31, 2020 at 11:09 am

      • Will do. 🙂

        Barb Caffrey

        July 31, 2020 at 6:47 pm


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