Several weeks ago when I went to see relatives in another part of Virginia I chose a back route that took me close to where an old college friend of mine lives. Before I left I called him up and asked if he wanted to meet up for a cup of coffee.
This fellow is a liberal, like most of my college friends, but he’s not woke or progressive or anything; he’s just a standard-issue liberal. It doesn’t bother me; I just avoid political topics as much as possible when I talk to him. However, I knew he was worried about the Wuhan Coronavirus, so when I called him I asked if we could meet outside somewhere, wearing masks and sitting six feet apart.
“No,” he said, “I can’t risk it.”
“But why?” I responded in bafflement. “You’ve just had your booster.”
“Yes, but I’m a smoker and have high cholesterol, so I’m at risk. You’re unvaccinated. I just can’t take the chance.”
I was very disappointed, to say the least. He said something about maybe getting together “when all this is over.” I didn’t tell him that Corona is here to stay. He’ll keep getting boosters every six months until heart disease or the prions finally get him. The Zeta, Omicron, Upsilon, and Omega variants will continue to rage through the population like clockwork, also every six months, and be blamed on the unvaxed. And I’ll probably never see my friend again.
Needless to say, all this seems like complete insanity to me.
When you parse what’s going on, it makes no logical sense whatsoever. If Our Savior the Vaccine is as wonderful as proclaimed, why doesn’t it protect my friend enough for him to be willing to sit six feet away and talk to me when we both have masks on?
He’s not stupid. He graduated from William and Mary with a degree in computer science. Intelligence is obviously no guarantee against being possessed by irrational fears. In fact, higher education may even help enable the condition.
My friend acknowledges that the vax (including the booster) doesn’t prevent the recipient from being infected by or transmitting SARS-CoV-2. But he says it reduces his risk of hospitalization or death. That is, it serves a protective function for him — it doesn’t protect anyone else from being infected by the Corona if he has it.
Well, then. How could it be that the selfish, filthy unvaxed like me are the cause of all the variant surges?
He has an answer for that, too: If he gets COVID, he will carry less of a viral load in his mucous membranes, which will make him somewhat less likely to infect others with it. But the data don’t support that assertion. I emailed him several references from reputable sources (including the CDC and Yale*) to studies indicating that there is no significant difference in viral load carried by the vaxed and the unvaxed when they are infected with the Wuhan Coronavirus. He didn’t reply; I’m not even sure he read my email.
I didn’t tell him that according to the latest data from the NHS in the UK, the percentage of those who die from the WuFlu after being “vaccinated” is roughly the same as it is for the unvaxed. And I especially didn’t tell what the experts say all those boosters will eventually do to him after he’s had enough of them. I don’t tell any of my vaxed friends about those things — since they can’t do anything about it once they’re vaxed, why would I want to ruin their day?
I refer to my friend’s syndrome as “Corona Psychosis”. It’s completely irrational, recognizes no evidence that might contradict it, and is clung to with a ferocity reminiscent of a religious mania.
It should have its own entry in the DSM-5.
There is a lot of variation in the severity of Corona Psychosis. My first thought was that my friend is at one extreme, but after pondering it for a while, I realized that some people are even more Corona psychotic: even if they’ve been vaxed, they stay shut up in their homes, don’t socialize except on Zoom, order necessities online as much as possible, and sanitize every item that comes into the house. I know some people like that, but obviously I don’t see them anymore.
People at the opposite extreme — and I am one — don’t observe any of the restrictions and prophylactic measures except to the extent that they would for a flu outbreak or something similar. Prudent caution, in other words. Live your life normally, insofar as it’s possible to do so these days. Stay home if you have symptoms.
Some people have milder versions of the Corona Psychosis. They wear masks when they go to the grocery store. They don’t hug anyone except immediate family members. They wash their hands more than they used to. But they don’t live in constant fear.
Almost everyone I know is vaxed, so I’m praying that all the horror stories about it are wrong. Some of them got the jab for the sake of expediency, not because they were afraid of the dread Corona. One guy wanted to go on a cruise, which required the vax. A woman got the jab because her much older husband was afraid he might catch COVID from her. And so on.
Interestingly enough, most of my college-educated friends fall into the “very fearful” category. All of them have been vaxed, and some of them are more relaxed about the whole thing now. But others are afraid.
Another data point: all but two of my college-educated friends are retired employees of the federal government. So there’s a correlation there, but that doesn’t imply causation.
I also find it interesting that the federal government lures people with college degrees like a Venus fly trap draws in flies. I’m the odd one out — virtually my entire cohort spent their careers working for the feds and are now reclining on the luxurious retirement cushions provided by FedGov.
One question about the Corona Psychosis is whether or not it was a planned feature of the “pandemic”.
Even if the Wuhan Coronavirus wasn’t deliberately released in late 2019, it’s obvious that the government and the pharmaceutical industry (yes, I know; same thing) had long since mapped out their response in detail. Simulations of a pandemic had been gamed repeatedly by globalist groups. The mRNA treatments had already been developed and could be brought into production immediately, with no research time required.
Governments all across the world deliberately induced fear, even panic, in the citizenry so that the “vaccines” could be pushed out to billions of people. But was the Corona Psychosis part of the plan? Or was it just an incidental byproduct of government-induced panic and hysteria?
Perhaps MK-ULTRA and similar projects had done enough experimental research on unwitting subjects to determine a way to create mass panic psychosis among the populace. Instruct the media on what to say to induce fear, augment it with official government propaganda, and then exploit the resulting psychosis to increase and perfect state control of the citizenry.
The fact that millions of people are afflicted with the same psychosis at the same time makes it easier to maintain the condition. When just about everyone you know is afflicted with the same irrational mania, there’s never any need to confront the irrationality of it. Everything you hear from major media outlets confirms the basis of the psychosis. People get arrested for not adhering to the required psychotic protocols.
The Corona Psychosis has become self-sustaining within the majority of the population.
One final question: Why do some of us escape the psychosis? What makes some people succumb to it, while others get by relatively unscathed?
I don’t have an answer to that question. My friend and I are basically the same: similar educational backgrounds, similar fields of interest. Why should he develop Corona Psychosis while I remain blessedly free of it?
The only thing I can think of is that he spent forty years working for the federal government, and I didn’t. But I don’t know if that has any bearing on it.
In previous editions of the Corona Chronicles I’ve described the way COVID-19 killed the tiny Episcopal church that I used to attend. Nobody got infected by the disease, but differing reactions to the “pandemic” caused a permanent schism in the congregation.
In the late spring of 2020 a fault line appeared between those who were afraid of the disease and those who weren’t. Those who were very afraid — the ones who developed Corona Psychosis — were alarmed that those who were not afraid continued to hold services, take communion, pass the Peace, and enjoy coffee hour together after the Eucharists. Not wearing masks! Not social distancing! Bringing snacks in containers that everyone touched! The HORROR!
I learned from what followed that extreme fear makes people ruthless. Those who were unafraid (including the priest) were in the majority, but that didn’t matter to those who were certain that their mission to make everyone “safe” was the only acceptable response to the crisis. We were breaking diocesan edicts with our unsanitary behavior, so the fearful ones contacted the bishop and brought down diocesan wrath upon our little church. It was closed for more than a year, and only recently reopened with a rump congregation. I hear that for a while the vaxed were allowed to attend without wearing masks, but that changed when the variants began their surge. As far as I know they all wear masks now. And, as I understand it, the diocese discourages congregational singing, but grudgingly allows it provided that everyone keeps their masks on while they sing.
They found another supply priest for a while, but he has moved on, so now they just have Morning Prayer with three or four people. I don’t know what that’s like; I haven’t attended any services. But I’m willing to bet they’re still masked.
The congregation split into two factions, which, interestingly enough, seemed to coincide with those who voted for Donald Trump vs. those who voted for Joe Biden.
The majority (I guess that makes us Bolsheviks) were and are unafraid of the Corona. When we could no longer hold services in the church, we reconvened in the house of one of the members of the congregation. He has a baby grand piano in his living room, and the organist was one of the unafraid, so she became the pianist for our little dissident congregation. Our priest continued to minister to us gratis.
We celebrated Eucharists all through the lockdown and the closure of the churches. I don’t think we ever violated the letter of Governor Coonman’s ukases, but we certainly violate the spirit of them: we take normal communion, shake hands and hug each other during the Peace, sing unmasked with great gusto, and gather afterwards in the dining room for a communal lunch (which we refer to jocularly as a “vestry meeting”).
Our little dissident church has held regular services now for sixteen months in a living room with a makeshift altar and chairs carried in from the dining room. To my mind this is the way Christianity should be. This is the beating heart of the Living Church of God.
I don’t know how many other dissident churches there are like ours. I’ve read that the major Protestant denominations still impose stringent restrictions on services, if they hold them at all. I notice from the event calendar in the local paper that some churches still hold only Zoom or parking lot services. The Pentecostals and some Baptist congregations seem to be exceptions, and have resumed normal services.
Medical and dental offices have the worst case of the Corona Psychosis. All of the ones I go to require masks. So, if I want to have my teeth cleaned or get a shot in my eye, I have to put on the damned mask. At the retinal specialist’s office the whole charade seems to be pro forma, thank goodness. Everything is relaxed and normal except for those ugly things on everyone’s faces. My primary care provider, on the other hand, has the full Corona Psychosis. I stay away from there as much as I possibly can.
Other than that, I come and go as I please without wearing a mask. If a store has a sign up about masks, I studiously ignore it. Since the Delta surge began more and more masks have appeared in the grocery stores. I’m generally in the minority now, but even in Whole Foods there are plenty of other maskless people. And out here in the Nether Boondocks there are places and events where you don’t see any masks at all — it’s wonderful.
I don’t know how all this Corona Psychosis will turn out. I’ve long since given up predicting the future course of the madness that is currently abroad in the land. The only thing my intuition tells me is that it will not end well.
|*||From the CDC itself (July 30, 2021) [emphasis added]:
This paper (September 28, 2021) comes with the imprints of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, BMJ, and Yale [emphasis added]:
Finally, this paper says roughly the same thing [emphasis added]: