The Irrational Covid Neurosis and Fear Driving Public Health Policy
Are Media Hype and Suppression of Treatments Creating a New Mental Health Problem?
Wow. I had no idea how crazy some people had gotten over covid.
In Chris Waldburger’s Substack post, If Only You Knew How Depraved and Corrupt Our Covid Overlords Truly Are,1 he cited an Atlantic article that you have just got to read, if you want to understand the neurotic mindset of the covid tyranny class.
You can check out the article titled Getting Back to Normal Is Only Possible Until You Test Positive at this archive link.
Chris focuses on the author’s nonbinary child but that’s really not my beef here.
What really got me was how completely covid paranoid the author was, a guy named Alexis.
Alexis apparently lives in San Francisco, and must be making a lot of money writing for the Atlantic. Or maybe his wife is making the bucks. Either way, here’s a guy who has money to fly off to New Orleans for a wedding and then, when he finds out he has covid, actually rents a house down the street to self-isolate.
Wow. Seriously? You have enough money to just rent a house at the drop of a hat? In San Francisco, no less, where rents are like a gazillion a month for a postage-stamp-sized studio?
Out of touch is an understatement.
This is a man obsessed with covid, despite not even being 40 years old and having almost zero risk of dying from the illness. He writes:
But then I reasoned both with myself and with my wife. COVID was unlikely to kill me, a vaccinated 39-year-old endurance athlete. I would be fine, and even if I gave the coronavirus to any of my family members, they too would almost certainly be fine. My wife is vaccinated, and our young children’s risk of serious illness, while not nonexistent, is very low.
So, he and his wife have been vaccinated, he knows his kids aren’t at high risk, and yet he’s freaking out like COVID-19 is the equivalent of Ebola.
This also caught my eye:
As the day approached, my wife and I had not run through every scenario. I still was not precisely sure how the wedding would work, COVID-wise. My friend is a doctor, and I knew the crowd would mostly be New York and California people. There would be no anti-vaxxers among the guests, and the invitation said they’d follow the local public-health protocols.
Question: Were unvaccinated people not invited, or is he simply making a false assumption that all people from New York and California would choose to vaccinate? I have friends and family members in both California and New York who are not “anti-vaxxers” but have chosen not to get covid vaccines, by the way.
I’ll bet there are many undercover “anti-vaxxers” in the coastal states...it is very wrong to assume that being mistrustful of covid vaccines is just a red state thing, as the media likes to promote.
At any rate, when the terrible day comes, and Alexis finds out he has covid, he rushes out to rent a house and then laments all the disruption it has caused around him:
But the real worst-case scenario was everything that happened to the people around me. My kids had to come out of school and isolate with my wife. A raft of tests had to be taken by everyone I’d had even limited contact with. (I was one of at least a dozen people at the wedding who got sick.) I had been with several older people, including my mother-in-law. For my wife and children, the tests went on for days and days, each one bringing a prospective new disaster and 10 to 14 more days of life disruption or worse.
Each covid test bringing a prospective new disaster? Why is he assuming that everyone who gets covid is going to automatically die? My 93-year-old aunt in a nursing home had it and survived, and I don’t think she was vaccinated because the vaccines were just becoming available then.
This irrational, overwrought fear of covid is just bizarre to me.
Look, I’m not one of those people who thinks covid is a cakewalk. I’m worried about getting it and I’m worried about my parents getting it. But if and when I finally test positive, I’m going to be relieved in some small way. I just want to get the damn thing over with on some level.
(I’m still hoping I’ve already caught covid and didn’t realize it, but I have to go back and get new labs done since Kaiser messed up and didn’t do my requested covid antibodies test the last time I went in for lab work...and the whole lack of regular antibodies testing is also driving covid fear, I believe.)
Dealing With the Fear of Death
I understand that my parents could die from covid and maybe even I could too, but I’m also worried they could die from their existing health conditions. So I am afraid of many things, including death, but I also do a lot of work to release that fear.
Personally, I am more afraid of the moment of death and the unknown that comes after, not being dead per se…as I do believe in an afterlife.
But almost every near-death experience I’ve read – and I’ve known two people who had them as well – we actually feel better after we die. So unless you have good reason to think you might be going to hell…don’t worry about it.
If you think you cease to exist, you won’t know or care anyway.
I’m in some ways more afraid that reincarnation is real, as I’m not sure I want to come back here. From the George Harrison song Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth):
Give me love
Give me love
Give me peace on earth
Give me light
Give me life
Keep me free from birth
In the tradition of Sufism, you meditate and focus on remembrance of God so you learn how to “die before you die,” thus liberating yourself from the ego and achieving unity with the divine.
It sounds to me like Alexis could use a little more Sufism in his life and a lot less covid fearmongering.
He’s projecting what is probably his own fear of death onto his kids, which brings us to the saddest part of the whole article:
My 5-year-old daughter proved her status as the ultimate ride-or-die kid. She brought a chair down the street so she could sit 20 feet away from me outside in her mask, as I sat on the porch in an N95.
Wow. Just wow.
The best thing he could have done for his kids was to infect them and treat the symptoms, and then they’d never have to fear covid again.
Most likely, he’s planning on giving that same 5-year-old a covid vaccination right now, which means she won’t have permanent immunity and will need boosters for the rest of her life, assuming she goes along with the program. Each booster will make her and her nonbinary sibling more at risk of serious side effects like myocarditis.
This guy is co-founder of the COVID Tracking Project and as such has a huge public voice when it comes to coronavirus policy and media focus.
He actually naively asks this question down towards the bottom of his article:
When do we start treating COVID like other respiratory illnesses?
The real question isn’t when, but why aren’t we already?
We could be treating it like every other respiratory illness already if it weren’t for guys like Alexis, who act as if covid were a thousand times more lethal than it is.
I live with my senior parents who are actually at risk of serious covid. They know they can still get covid despite their vaccines and they are very, very careful, but even with that, they are far less paranoid than this guy is. Like, we have no plans to send someone out to isolate in a house rental if a person in the house gets covid.
Why Approved Covid Treatment Is So Critical
So what is fueling the terrified mindset of this Atlantic writer? He lives in San Francisco and probably sees more actual serious health issues (and death) with the homelessness and drug epidemic in the city.
First, it’s media hype. But second, it’s the egregious suppression of any and all treatments for covid2 that also contribute to this fear.
Without treatment, covid seems like some sort of malicious game of Russian Roulette.
Sure, you also play Russian Roulette every time you drive on the freeway, but somehow we file that risk away in our brains. People who are addicted to bad news about covid, constantly watching the case numbers go up, are also focused on the possibility that they might take the covid bullet someday.
For this reason, I can’t stress enough how critical it is we have some approved treatments for covid, even though I’m very skeptical of Big Pharma’s possibly expensive and not-so-effective solutions.
Yes, we have unapproved treatments. But the people who fear covid the most won’t listen to any information about them.
I’m already stocked up with my holistic arsenal for covid, including Andrographis, bromelain, quercetin, zinc, vitamin C, etc. (I’m now adding Xlear to that list, thanks to the DOJ going after them for covid marketing.)
Having some form of treatment handy gives a better sense of control. It’s one of the reasons why I am a holistic health advocate and practitioner. No, holistic health doesn’t magically cure everything, but it puts a lot more power into your own hands, so you don’t feel so helpless and at the total mercy of outside forces and the medical establishment.
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I read a number of Substack publications covering the covid pandemic with varying opinions and political perspectives on the issue. Some are more mainstream and some focus on more conspiratorial topics such as possible pedophiles in positions of power. My linking out to an article doesn’t mean I’m in 100% agreement with anyone. I try to stay in my lane, which is holistic health, wellness, and medical policy analysis. I’m just making this note here in case someone with a beef wants to point to the link later and go, “See, Stephanie linked to some crazy conspiracy page suggesting so-and-so is a pedophile.”
I want to note that I also purposefully spell covid in all lower-case letters to match how we treat the flu. Typing COVID in all caps (without the -19, which at least indicates the strain) is basically like yelling in online speech.