Friday, July 24, 2020

Living With Covid Hysteria

Continuing on with being unsilenced, 

My husband and I survived a mild case of Covid the first two weeks of July. We did not show the normal signs but 11 days in, he went to his doctor who took blood. A week later his test showed that he had the antibodies but even the doctor could not say whether this constituted immunity or not. No one really knows what is going on or how to deal with it because there is so much conflicting statistics and opinions. 

Historically speaking hysteria and fear are great manipulators.

Being a history buff, I prefer to look at previous similar conditions and outcomes to balance out my opinions and personal choices.

Picking one example of the Swine Flu (H1N1) that was first detected in the US in spring of 2009 - according to the CDC:

During the pandemic, CDC provided estimates of the numbers of 2009 H1N1 cases, hospitalizations and deaths on seven different occasions. Final estimates were published in 2011. These final estimates were that from April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010 approximately 60.8 million cases (range: 43.3-89.3 million), 274,304 hospitalizations (195,086-402,719), and 12,469 deaths (8868-18,306) occurred in the United States due to pH1N1. 

I have to point out that 60+ million is a pretty big number and yet I do not recall any overt hysteria, no mask wearing mandates, no closing down of the economy. But then this was under Obama’s watch so there was no political reason to destroy the world.

The following is contributed by anonymous and I think it brings some common sense and perspective to this topic.

For Him,


One of my friends has told me that she thinks I’m not taking COVID seriously enough, and as such, she felt the need to “hide” my posts. She didn’t appreciate that we went on vacation or that we visited my family. That’s okay. And since we live in America, she is entitled to her opinion. 

While we do choose to take many precautions, like C.S. Lewis states below, “it need not dominate our minds.”  And it’s my goal for COVID to indeed, NOT dominate my mind. 

Lewis states: 

“In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”

In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.

This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb, when it comes, find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.”

— “On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948) in Present Concerns: Journalistic Essays


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    1. Here’s an interesting article that raises some good points. One that stood out for me might be the simple explanation to the mystery of why some people, for no overt reason, even young and healthy, contract it and die suddenly. Given one of our symptoms, being excessive thirst, I have to wonder if blood clots because of dehydration might not be a huge factor.