I am the father of a teen for 25 consecutive years and have been involved with healing my children for close to four decades. I'm not a Dr.
This virus reared its ugly head in late 2019, and the word has been overwhelmed with it beginning March of 2020. Over the course of these short thirteen months or so, we have gone from disbelieving to panic to who cares to new strains to vaccine to what if? While I am not a conspiracy theorist, I do try to keep an open mind about things and my mind is telling me this:
This isn't normal.
I understand viruses mutate, change and adapt to their host. Their "job" is to continue, almost like a parasite. It needs to be able to feed and grow and spread yet it cannot kill off its hosts completely, for to do that is to cease to exist.
Depending upon whose story you believe, this virus is either A) a natural thing which occurred because of a bat; B) something developed in a Wuhan lab and accidently released when someone walked out with it on their cloths; C) developed in Wuhan and released into the world with a purpose. Then there are the other theories, such as America co-developed it, Dr. Fauci was involved, and on and on.
I truly am past the origin stories, it no longer matters. The fact is, we have to deal with it now and moving forward.
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At first, I was okay with letting it run its course...
Then I started really paying attention to it, and it concerned me. I came around to the thinking that this was going to be far worse than I had originally thought, and I agreed with the lockdowns and harsh requirements in order to halt the spread. But America didn't listen and it spread far and wide. Then the world seemed to slow the spread, until it didn't. Now we have who knows how many varieties of this thing, and it continues to change and adapt to whatever we put in place to try and halt it.
It almost seems like it has a mind of its own, and is determined to evolve along lines that prevent us from eradicating it.
A part of me wonders if this thing is predestined, designed if you will, to mutate in the manner it has been. I do not think that someone here in America who contracts the South Africa variant has been in contact with someone from South Africa, so does that mean this thing has the ability to morph into something else and it can do so on every continent? Like it is this for several months, then it changes on a predetermined path to B to C to D and so on and so forth?
Does it have an agenda?
So, we have pharmaceuticals developing vaccines left and right, the FDA approving some already. What used to take years is now taking months. That in and of itself scares me; what about long term side effects? How will these vaccines react with our current meds we take; I mean they are now telling us to not take any pain relievers for two weeks before the shot, two weeks after the shot because it will reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine. What else will it affect? Will my blood pressure meds be affected?
Then there are the people who say they won't take the shots at all. I wonder if these are the same people who won't wear masks, won't social distance, won't wash their hands, use sanitizer, or even think about what is going on in the world. Fauci is saying we can be out of this if everyone masks up. News flash: everyone won't. So we will be left with a continually mutating virus running rampant around the world.
I do find it strange that in the midst of the COVID pandemic, some areas are seeing a drastic reduction in cases of the flu. Is that because some people are masking up; every case is now COVID; or is it social distancing and the like. Here in my area, we normally see @1,500 cases in January yet only have 46 confirmed cases of the flu this year. Coincidence?
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Australia. India. Britain. South Africa. Los Angeles. Ohio. Now today I hear of two more mutations in Britain. Perhaps another South Africa mutation as well. Some experts are saying this won't matter to the vaccine; others fear it might. Who is right? And what happens if someone is wrong in thinking it won't matter?
I just learned that someone close to me might have COVID again; first time was several months ago, now it appears they are sick with it again. Will this thing just keep running around and around, changing as it passes from person to person, thus never allowing us to gain herd immunity?
If there is a correlation between fewer flu cases and our preventative measures for COVID, why are we not seeing fewer cases of COVID? And if we are experiencing fewer cases because of these measures, that should scare the living daylights out of us. Think what would be happening if we weren't following them? There might be millions dead already.
My wife and I are on the waiting list for the vaccine. We have no idea when we will receive it, just that we have applied, signed up for, whatever. We don't even know what vaccine we will get: a one shot dose, two shots, one that is good 95% of the time, or one that is good 65% of the time? Will it be effective against the mutations, or will we have to get another shot, then another and another as it morphs into something new? Who the hell knows?
We wear masks whenever we are out of the house; we social distance, wash our hands constantly but who can say if any of this is working? Just because we haven't been sick with it doesn't mean we haven't contracted it and are walking around as a carrier. I go to work daily and require my employees to mask up whenever they enter the office area but again, is that enough? If I can smell cigarette smoke through my mask, is it really keeping a tiny virus out of my lungs? Is that even possible?
We have lost two condo owners in a month here where I work and live. One had COVID and other health issues; the other I do not know about. He was away from here and was found dead in his room. Heart attack? Maybe. COVID complications? Who can say?
In our small community of primarily elderly people, we have had almost a dozen cases of COVID. We only have less than thirty people living here full time. That's a very high number of cases, and I do not know if that is all of them.
We will remain battened down, hiding at any time we are not having to go for food and such. I go to work, wear a mask and shut my door once I am in the office. I purchased air purifiers/ionizers for each office as a means to reduce any virus that might linger in the air here; who knows if that works or not. We sanitize, clean, wipe down our surfaces, wear the mask and stand apart if we need to speak with one another face to face about something, but again, is this working?
Who can say? I fear this thing is here to stay and might be a means of "culling" the herd, so to speak. The earth is overpopulated, we are harming it continually and it just might be trying to get our attention.
Well, Mother Earth, you got mine.
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Mr Archer (author) from Missouri on February 10, 2021:
Cheyenne, you are right about my generalization and I changed my wording in the article.
I still wonder about the timing of this virus, and the World Military Games held in Wuhan(!) in mid October of 2019; within a very short time, it was out and about.
This is the first year since 1989 that I took the flu shot; I have my concerns about that as well and all the pushing and shoving to get the COVID vaccine through scares the crap out of me but what else can we do? As I said, if I can smell cigarette smoke through the mask, how much good is it really doing? And now they are telling us to double mask!? It was less than a year ago Fauci said, in public, that masking wouldn't help; then it would; and now double up?! Make up your mind, people!
I hope you won't get this thing, natural or man made or whatever. I just wonder where we will be in five years. Take care, Cheyenne and stay safe.
Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on February 10, 2021:
Mike, I've chosen not to get the vaccine and I'm not one who ignores or refutes the protective measures we've been asked - and sometimes mandated - to take. I practice social distancing and I wear a mask when I go to public places and even at work when I leave my office and venture down the hallway.
So far I haven't gotten sick. I've never had a flu shot and don't plan on getting the COVID vaccine. Besides the fact that I've the same mindset with choosing not to get vaccinated against influenza, I simply don't trust the FDA. Too many medications for all sorts of ailments carry worse possible side effects than the ills they are purported to ease. Some people have even died after receiving the vaccine.
Your generalization regarding folks who decide to not get vaccinated is unfair.
As far as the mutation of the virus, I'm no scientist, but a theory I heard way back when and tend to find completely plausible is that COVID was developed as biowarfare and someone let the bug out of the bag. That may explain the mutations and why it can't be killed. It wasn't designed to be defeated. Period.
Mr Archer (author) from Missouri on February 10, 2021:
Thank you both. Hunker down and stay safe!!
Liz Westwood from UK on February 10, 2021:
COVID-19 has been the biggest shake up to us all. So sad that so many have lost their lives during the pandemic. The vaccines shine a little light, but I fear that there is a long way to go yet.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 10, 2021:
I'm just an introvert doing his introvert thing. Social distancing comes natural to me; wearing a mask just seems second-nature now that I've been doing it for a year. I feel for the people suffering, and I'm about 90% sure I won't be one of them if I keep taking steps to minimize my risk. Such is life, my friend. Stay safe and let's ride this out as best we can.