CovScreenshots taken at 3pm est today:
Three different sources, and three different counts. This shows that even the experts do not have a complete understanding of the spread of CoVID-19 in the US. Take this info and the stupidly cavalier attitude of many Americans regarding reopening the country, and you have the perfect storm of disaster looming over the horizon.
I haven’t made many CoVID-19 posts, and that’s because I don’t understand it enough to feel comfortable expounding on the effect it has on Americans and the world in general. So, after writing and deleting this, I’m going to take a different course.
Instead of talking about the virus itself, I want to highlight how this virus is like a game of Russian Roulette. Consider this when you see the sights like people partying over the 4th in clubs, at parks, and on the beach. Remember this as well as political rallies are being held indoors with no personal distancing required or enforced.
I previously posted that I lost family to this virus. So far, we know of 4 in total. One was in NY and from my grandfather’s side of the family. The other 3 were from one family group on my grandmother’s side of the tree. I’m not alone in this as we’ve probably long passed the 130,000 total of deaths related to this virus.
For about 50% of those infected, scientists are saying they are asymptomatic, which means they’re feeling okay while spreading the virus to anyone close enough to catch it. For the symptomatic, some have “mild” cases that when described, sound anything like mild.
Here’s one story from Fark.com where a regular named Znuh posted in detail about his ongoing fight with CoVID-19.
OK! You’ve got a 102 fever, you can’t eat or smell or taste, now you move into the rigors – shaking that you can’t really control. This would alternate from feeling as if you were in an Attic in the middle of July; unbelievable heat. Then you’d switch to as if you were plummeted into an arctic wasteland. Shivers and shakes that were uncontrollable.
At this point I was still trying the OTC medications, and the Acetaminophen was helping. I’d still get the rigors, and I’d curl up into a ball to try and let them pass.
You will not sleep. You’ll wake up every hour, on the hour. This will, unfortunately become the norm for about 1 to 1.5 months.
Once I was mostly done with the flu symptoms, I noticed that my energy levels were, shockingly, not really coming back. I barely made it into the car, and got myself over to my PCP. This now, is two weeks in.
My Doc gave me a lung X-ray and told me I had Bi-Lateral Pneumonia in both lungs. On top of that, she discovered that I also had shingles on my right arm.
I spoke briefly with Znuh to get permission to post his story here, and he was kind enough to give an update on his fight. Mind you, his initial post was on May 5th, and he had already been through about 2 months of fighting.
From June 28th:
This disease absolutely sucks. I’m doing OK. Hanging in there. My heartrate is all over the place (new), I get sensations of not having enough oxygen. You pull in a deep lungful of air and instead of that nice rush your body normally gives you, you get….nothing.
The worst is, technically there’s nothing wrong. Pulse/Ox machine this morning was at 99, the highest it can go. My wiring has been changed to the point where it no longer feels like I’m getting a full breath of air. My toes tingle. I randomly smell burning plastic when nothing’s there.
I get that I’m only three months into this, and it’ll probably take another four to recover. Every symptom that manifests arrests me with absolute panic that I’ve somehow gotten reinfected. Seeing posts of people who have died simultaneously makes me feel guilty that I survived, and also terrifies me that it’ll come back and take me out. People posting pics of intubation? That’s my worst absolute fear.
This is just one person’s story. There are at least 1.5 million and counting more in the US in some phase of infection. As frightening as his story sounds, he’s still living. Broadway actor Nick Cordero’s story of medical complications is like something out of a horror movie, and unfortunately, he was unable to overcome the effects of the virus.
Considering all of this, we live in a country with a higher level of obesity and other health issues that places many in the high risk category for infection from CoVID-19. Even knowing this, many political leaders are content with sacrificing the lives of hundreds of thousands and the long term health of millions because of their love of money. It’s like we’re represented by the mayor of Amity Island, and CoVID-19 is a humongous shark gorging itself on Americans.
We’ve seen other countries slow the spread of this virus using distancing, staying home, and wearing masks if you have to go out. Easing up on precautions too early has put us in the middle of a raging epidemic now. It didn’t have to be that way, but we are where we are due to decisions that politicians made. Depending on the depth of the long term health issues, these decisions may cost us dearly in the long run.
I remember hearing an infectuous disease expert on TV early during the beginning phase of the pandemic, and something he said stuck with me. He stated that we would need to enact policies that would seem draconian in order to slow the spread of the virus. He also stated that people would complain because the measures would seem very drastic with a low infection count. If we did what appeared to be just enough for that moment, we would quickly fall behind and the infections would soar. I now see how correct he was and how unwise our leaders were to not listen to the experts.
I post all this to say that this virus scares the bejeezus out of me. Not because it is overly lethal, which it does not appear to be at the present time. What scares me is that it seems like the most easily spread virus I’ve seen, and we have no idea of what harm the virus will do to our bodies in the long term.
We have Americans who will believe any and every conspiracy theory on this virus and refuse to protect themselves from getting it. Americans are basking in their utter ignorance and risking the health of all of us, even those who are being cautious.
Please be cautious and careful in your actions and interactions with people, family included. I’m tired of reading about sickness and death, and I know I’m not the only one. In November, remember those who acted like Mayor Vaughn and those who mimicked Chief Brody and vote accordingly. We need more chiefs and less mayors going into 2021.
*Update: I didn’t specifically recommend it above, but I highly recommend that you take the time when you can to read through the Fark.com thread. Znuh gave a thorough rundown of his experience, and the thread morphed into an AMA on covid. There’s more information there than what I’ve read elsewhere. Granted, it’s one person’s experience, but it is a very detailed look into the side of this virus not being reported.