Viral Thoughts on the Pandemic

Welcome to 2021. Masks are to the left, Hand sanitizer to the right. We’ll be going “Double mask” from now on- what’s that? Single mask? Yes, got it. Ok people, Dr. Fauci has changed his mind again. Single masks now. Apparently, there’s no evidence that double masks work any better than a single mask does. Overall, they’re sure one mask helps enough. Maybe.

I think.

We’re more than a year into this pandemic and things keep changing every day.  Initially, we weren’t sure if we needed masks. Then it was mandatory. Now we’re being told to wear two. Some people still refuse to wear any at all.

Speaking for myself, I’m so twisted up about this virus that I find it hard to stay on one side or the other. While the left side of my brain screams “Wear a mask, it’s a pandemic!”, the right side is simultaneously screaming “It’s a HOAX!”

Like many Americans out there, I go see a doctor when I need to and expect him to have the answers I need, because, well, he’s a doctor. He gets paid a lot of money to know things.

So when this pandemic hit, and Dr. Fauci’s deliberately trustworthy face filled my screen, I tried to absorb what information he was willing to share. Then Tucker Carlson called him a “Fraud” and I started wondering. Is he? Nah, I don’t think Fauci is a fraud, I do think he very carefully chooses his words though.

Next came the conspiracy theories.
“It’s nothing more than the Flu!”, “No, It’s a biological attack!”, “No, No! It’s Bill Gates, Dr Fauci, and Hillary! They’re all in on it!”.

They probably aren’t.

Now, years back, I served as a Hospital Corpsman- I had the privilege of working with some of the finest, most dedicated medical personnel that have ever existed in the US military. I learned what little I still retain regarding medicine from some of the best of them. (I learned the fun stuff from the worst of them) So, gathering my tiny remaining library of medical knowledge, the conspiracy theories, and the best medical advice I could get from the mainstream media, I sat down to figure this all out.

Now, I can’t say this is the truth, but here’s what I came up with:
At the time of the first Chinese cases of Covid 19, China was having some trouble in Hong Kong. The kind of trouble that painted the CCP in a bad light. At the same time, they were angry at then President Donald Trump for not kneeling on command as Obama had.

Hypothetically, China would then have the provocation for releasing such a virus- something to take the heat off of the Hong Kong story and maybe throw a wrench into Trump’s legacy, if not cost him the next election.  The problem is, numerous studies have proven with 90% probability that the virus is naturally occurring.

So, despite the virus first showing up in a city that houses the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and despite the convenient timing of the outbreak, despite the Chinese government’s attempt to hide evidence, or stall the investigation, It’s just not feasible.

But wait! This just in! On January 26th the Washington Times ran a story claiming that newly declassified documents support the theory that the virus was made in the lab, specifically the Wuhan Institute of Virology. But, but, but- Oh, let’s just call it a draw. It’s here, regardless of how it arrived, and we have to deal with it.

So, stay out of large crowds. Campaign rallies for Trump, for example. Or Church.
Feel free to protest, burn flags, loot businesses and burn down cities though. I’ve never heard a single person on the mainstream media mention Antifa and BLM rallies as “Super Spreader Events”.
On second thought, no burning flags, looting businesses, or burning down cities. That’s not what we do.

What we do is follow the common-sense rules of sanitation and viral spread reduction. Wash your hands. Often. Stay home if you’re sick. Wear a mask in public. The fact of the matter is, from what we know of the virus, it lives in saliva and other fluids. A mask can stop those fluids from spreading when you cough or sneeze.  Stay out of large crowds, just like in flu season. Keep your body healthy, as you should already be doing. It’s just common sense.

So just follow some simple rules and you can avoid the brain-tickling effects of the Covid test swab, or more importantly, the test that tickles elsewhere. I’m sure you’ve heard about it by now.