Covid Denier Catches Covid — From NBC News
Change of Heart and Mind
These days I can hardly take a step or turn a page without bumping into some naysayer about Covid-19. I was on my hike in the hills the other day when a woman came toward me on my path, which was a narrow one, and so I stepped aside to let her pass–since we were hiking on a difficult trail, neither of us wore a mask. Huffing and puffing from extreme exercise is not possible with a mask. Then again, I didn’t expect to bump into another human on my trail.
She yelled toward me as she saw me step aside “No need! There is no Covid!”. I looked at her and told her “interesting because I had it”… She looked back like she saw a ghost and continued on her path as if the conversation had never taken place.
I have often wondered what will happen to people like her when they catch it? After all, it is not an “if” but a “when”. So it will happen. I would love to be a fly on the wall at that time!
Why don’t people believe that Covid exists? Why do they argue about the number of dead being overestimated? These questions, and more, have been bugging me since the beginning. And by now I have enough experience with bumping into these people and having major arguments to have understood the problem. Here I describe what I so far have found and will try to give an explanation–not to convince these people, because that is impossible. Rather, my goal is simply to point them to this article instead of having an argument with them. It will just save me time and my sanity.
Problem #1: Denial
This one is pretty simple: most think that Covid-19 is a respiratory illness and nothing different from the flu. Of course, this is based on misinformation. Covid is not a respiratory illness and not even similar to the flu. In this article I describe what Covid is: it is a vascular disease, which often attacks the lungs, but it also attacks the brain, the heart, the kidneys, and the liver. It attacks every organ it possibly can.
The vascular nature of the disease means that it can get everywhere because it travels in the blood and causes blood clots wherever it travels, damaging organs.
Its vascular nature means that when it gets into the lungs, it causes miniature blood clots (thrombus if only one and thrombi for many) in the lungs; when it gets into the heart, it causes lots of thrombi in the heart, when it gets into the liver, it causes thrombi in the liver, when it gets into the brain, it causes thrombi in the brain, and when it gets into the kidneys, it causes thrombi in the kidneys. All the images I linked to are from academic articles discussing Covid patients. For the lungs, I could have substituted my own CT scan–though I am not dead (yet), so I didn’t.
So the denial is clearly coming from the combination of misinformation that Covid-19 is a light respiratory disease, similar to the flu, and our government–including Fauci–were not very helpful in downplaying this disease. Also, it seems that there are many people who feel it macho to ignore and just “get it” and then “get it over with”… just like the man whose photo with the lovely oxygen concentrator is my cover. Indeed, tough it out dear fella!!! I hope you survive!
Problem #2: Covid Death Overestimation
There is another category of people who accept that Covid-19 is real, but suggests that it is nothing more than the flu. They forever look for the “excess death” over previous years and try to prove with whatever tricks they can deploy that what we have now is nothing more than the magnitude of the flu.
A typical year in the US, between 12,000-61,000 people die from the flu. The highest death rate from the flu (since the Spanish Flu) was in 2009 when the H1N1 pandemic hit. At that time, it is estimated that between 151,700 – 575,400 people died globally (not in the US).
As the moment of this post’s writing, the current death toll globally from Covid-19 is 1,692,230 people, which is 3 times the H1N1 flu, and in the US 323,404 people died so far, which is 5 times a high-flu death year. Therefore, this is, so far, the biggest killer after the Spanish flu of 1918, which is estimated to have killed more than 50 million people globally. The United States lost 675,000 (read about it here), so about twice as many people as what we so far have lost–but Covid is not yet over… I suspect that we may end up with more deaths than the Spanish Flu by the time Covid is done with. The Spanish flu also took the most lives in its second round–we are now in the second round of Covid-19.
So why do people think that Covid deaths are overestimated?
The answer to this is more complicated. Here I have to ask you to answer the following teaser before I explain:
- Can you define “death from the flu”? How do people die?
- Can you define “death from stroke”? How do people die?
- Can you define “death from cancer”? How do people die?
The above are just 3 examples that I want to use to show you where the misunderstanding is. As I described earlier, people from Covid die from the following:
- Organ failure: heart
- Organ failure: brain
- Organ failure: lungs
- Organ failure: kidneys
- Organ failure: liver
Because death from Covid is by organ failure, such as kidney, heart, brain, lungs, or liver, and are not specific to Covid “disease”, people think these are distinct deaths and they are not caused by Covid. Yet, when I ask how people die from the flu, people cannot say more than pneumonia, which is lung failure. And how do they die from stroke? Brain hemorrhage so organ failure of the brain from blood clots or blood spillage. And how do they die from cancer? Organ failure–usually liver, kidney, lung, heart, or brain.
So if every death I listed above is caused by organ failure, yet we still call them “death from flu” or “death from cancer”, etc., then why not “death from Covid”?
I think the underlying problem is lack of understanding of what “death from cancer” or death from anything else means.
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