Most of us haven’t gotten sick – Holy Rag or no. But what’s it like to get the sickness that has paralyzed not just America but most of the world?
Herewith one reader’s experience, with some thoughts following:
I tested positive for WuFlu the week of Thanksgiving after having pneumonia-like coughing and shortness of breath the Friday night before, followed by three to four days of mostly-stay-in-bed fatigue and soreness. I had to call off work Monday and Tuesday and I knew if you got a WuFlu test, my company would pay me for time I had to miss if I could provide a lab report.
So I went to the urgent care Tuesday and the Friday after Thanksgiving they called me and said it was positive. So I had to self-isolate another week before going back (although I felt fine the second week).I feel like sort of a “traitor to the cause” because I knew I was just pumping up The Cases! – but I needed the money from work.
I must say though, the doctor who saw me did no medical work on me at all. Her advice was go home, rest, drink plenty of fluids and take over-the-counter cough syrup and cold/pain meds as needed, as I was already doing – kind of like when you have, you know, “regular” flu! No mention was made of sending me to the hospital or even prescribing any meds. In fact, no one I saw at the clinic seemed overly concerned about my possibly having a “killer virus.” I didn’t tell my relatives (I’m a separated man with no kids and parents both deceased) — most of them buy into the hysteria and are like “we have to wear masks, social distance, etc.” and can’t wait to get the vaccine.
I don’t want to used by them as an example of The Cases! But my question to you, and possibly your readers, is should I say something, to my relatives, co-workers, etc.?
One one hand, I feel it’s important for others to know that basically I had the flu for a few days, not a doomsday disease, and that all the media hysteria is worst-case scenarios that don’t represent everyone who has WuFlu. On the other hand, they may just give me the “Orange Man” treatment — remember how Trump was lambasted after he had it and said people shouldn’t fear it; he was “downplaying the dangers and disrespecting the victims, blah blah blah” — and they just won’t believe me at all.
What are your thought on this?
I think it’s healthy that people who get sick point out they haven’t died – or even needed more than a few days off from work and some time in bed, perhaps.
It might calm everyone – or most everyone – down.
The populace is gripped by hysteria precisely because the populace fears death is certain if they get sick – which is a remote possibility unless the person who gets sick is already quite sick or quite old and in almost all of the “cases” of people who have actually died, both of those things combined.
The fear induced in people people who are neither already very sick or very old is the textbook definition of hypochondria, i.e., an unreasonable and disproportionate fear of sickness and death.
But it’s even worse than that because of the pressure being applied to everyone – including children, who have as much to fear from the WuFlu as they do from dying of old age.
I was at Lowes a couple of weeks ago, standing (Undiapered) in line (not anti-socially distanced) waiting to pay for some items when another person in line sneezed. You’d have thought someone had ululated Allah Akbar! and brandished a scimitar. This is the result of terrorizing the populace that they are likely to die if they catch a cold.
Somehow, it has to be relearned that catching cold – including the flu, including a bad case of flu – is and always has been part of life and that it does not mean the end of life in almost all cases and thus must not be allowed to serve as the justification for the destruction of life. Economically, socially – and literally (as per my recent column about the effects of the catastrophic depression being induced by this pointless attempt to eliminate a sickness that for most of us is just that, a sickness – not death).
I suspect I may have been a “case,” too.
At just about this time last year I had a very bad respiratory bug. My lungs gargled and crackled when I exhaled deeply and I had a bad cough, too. But I’m otherwise healthy and not elderly and so it passed after a couple of weeks – as is almost always the case with almost all respiratory infections in almost everyone who isn’t very elderly and very sick already.
We’d groan about feeling bad; we’d sigh about how our kid infected the whole family and now we’re all down with the flu . . .but we knew it was a temporary bout of feeling not-so-great and usually nothing more.
That needs to be relearned, in order to forget the fear and end the terror. I therefore encourage you to tell others that you didn’t die, in case they haven’t noticed.
We might get back to not being terrified by a sneeze.
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