Covid makes you stupid

4-5 months in to the virus, Americans remain divided over it. The division isn’t based in science, but in what Fox/trump/cnn say. For those who have any memory of what happened in April, the talking points of Fox and CNN changed completely. CNN went from calling it fake to calling for precautions. Fox went from “build a Great Wall and keep all out” to “dammit let us drink in bars and get kids in public school again!”

Oddly enough, the same right wingers who have been railing against public schools for a decade are now their fiercest advocates. That’s what happens when you have no principles, and let the news manipulate your beliefs. It’s also what happens when debate culture becomes “oh bro I like totally Pwned you and DesTroYed the libtaRdS”- Ben Shapiro.

A Republican congressman (Gohmert, R-TX) who refused to wear masks just tested positive for Covid. Unlike most Americans, he could get tested as often as he wished, which is what he opted for. He also has access to the best doctors on earth, and has privileges you don’t have. That’s the difference between being an elite and a mere peasant. Oh, and he isn’t the only congressman to have tested positive for Covid.

Just south of Rep. Gohmert’s district, doctors are issuing warnings about how bad the situation has become.

Varon, 58, is overseeing the hospital’s unit dedicated to COVID-19 patients, where he said he tends to an average of 40 people a day. He said he signed more death certificates in the last week than at any point in his career

Quote from above link.

Yet Fox supporters will still agree that masks are stupid. Because Fox viewers are … rather susceptible to snake oil salesmen.

Despite claims by the trump- right, which has gone full-retard, we cannot ignore certain facts:

  • Viruses are known to cause autoimmune issues, as well as other health disorders. Covid is no different. The repercussions of initial positive cases will last for years
  • Even professional sports players, who are in peak shape, are having serious health problems after catching the virus
  • Past outbreaks (like the Spanish flu), hit in waves that started out mild, and ended severely
  • The idea of herd immunity does not look feasible, with recent reports on how long Covid antibodies last.
  • One third of Covid patients (who aren’t hospitalized) have serious health issues.

COVID-19 can result in prolonged illness even among persons with milder outpatient illness, including young adults

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/monumental-acknowledgment-cdc-reports-long-term-covid-19-patients-n1234814

I will speak to the subject in another post, but the virus has shown us how the far right/libertarian element in America has turner into a reasonless, emotional monkey when it comes to deciding what they stand for.

Traditionally, both conservatives and libertarians believed in prudence based reasoning. Eg: “wearing a simple mask is a prudent thing to do in times like this, until we have more information, and until he situation dies down. This is because wearing a mask and maybe some gloves is no intrusive, protects myself, others, etc.”

That is clearly too much to process for the average trump supporting Republican these days (lets hope that demographic gets smaller).

But an even more important point here is that the chaos Covid has created has God laughing at us. See Romans 1-2.

We are being made into fools. He has confounded a nation of “smart people.” And the judgment is yet another “birth pang.” No, it’s not tribulation. This is Disney compared to what is promised in the time of tribulation. But I believe we are being given a “last wake up call.” I doubt it will be heard by the general public. Indeed, it doesn’t seem to have resonated with the American church much either.

5 thoughts on “Covid makes you stupid

  1. “Covid makes you stupid”

    Does it indeed? Consider how…

    “Even professional sports players, who are in peak shape, are having serious health problems after catching the virus”</blockquote

    …this is poor reasoning. The argument is logically invalid: the conclusion does not follow from the premise, making it an empty assertion. From a single-case anecdotal correlation, you've assumed both causation and direction of causation. Occam's Razor would suggest that the null hypothesis is a person with serious health issues was not, in fact, 'peak shape', but had previously unidentified condition(s).

    We know from months of worldwide statistics that COVID-19 deeply, disproportionately impacts the elderly and those with comorbidities. The people dying are mostly the elderly and/or those with comorbidities. This has not changed and anecdotal outliers do not change the distribution. This militates against the claim that COVID-19 indiscriminately affects people regardless of their health condition.

    Here are more of the unwarranted assumptions:

    (1) You have to be in peak health to be a professional sports player.
    (2) Having specialized physical conditioning (e.g. pitcher’s throwing arm) means overall peak health.

    Both of these are easily disproved by anecdotal counter-example (see this link. The irony is that (according to the article) Eduardo Rodriguez has no plans to opt-out of the season and he could be back in as early as a week if he makes a swift recovery.

    “Just south of Rep. Gohmert’s district, doctors are issuing warnings about how bad the situation has become.”

    You do know that “flattening the curve”—through social distancing and other interventions—doesn’t eliminate deaths, right? Accordingly, the governments (of all parties) currently experience increases in deaths are unable or unwilling to protect the at-risk groups, despite having had months to prepare for this ‘wave’.

    “Traditionally, both conservatives and libertarians believed in prudence based reasoning. Eg: “wearing a simple mask is a prudent thing to do in times like this, until we have more information, and until he situation dies down. This is because wearing a mask and maybe some gloves is no intrusive, protects myself, others, etc.”

    If traditionally conservatives and libertarians believed in magical fairy thinking, then I am glad I was not one of them. But if they’ve grown up and rejected wishful thinking and pseudoscience, then they should be praised for it.

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    1. Flattening the curve would work if people actually wore masks. And by flattening the curve, we aren’t talking about lowering death counts or hospitalizations overall. It means we are spreading out those incidents over time, so that hospitals with limited ICU/isolation/ER capability can cope with patients.

      My state is under mask orders, restrictions on occupancy, etc. … on paper. Reality is completely different. And reality is showing more and more cases.

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    2. Americans expect to have scientific answers in minutes. This virus has confounded experts all around.

      Rather than take the cautious approach, the American approach is “well two people say two things, must be a hoax by the deep state”.

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  2. “Flattening the curve would work if people actually wore masks.”

    No it wouldn’t.

    Statistics: ~80% of deaths are elderly with comorbidities. The clear majority are from long-term care facilities. Policies such as universal lockdown, universal social distancing, and universal mask wearing cannot flatten the curve. The non-elderly (< 70) and those not in long-term care facilities that get and/or transmit the virus have minimal impact on the curve. The statistics of various countries, counties, and large cities fail to establish policy impact on the curve. Deaths are higher in places where they failed to protect the at-risk population.

    Science: Over a dozen randomly controlled trials show that masks are not effective on viruses and not effective outside of properly trained staff at medical facilities. Current research confirms that masks do not protect the wearer. They may possibly protect others, but only if wearers are infected. Since masks can only stop large droplets, not viruses transmitted by normal breathing, unless one is actively coughing or sneezing, they can’t possibly do anything. If a person is coughing or sneezing (i.e. sick) they should stay home, not wear a mask. If masks cause sick people to leave their homes, they will increase total infections.

    Compliance: Just like people go to work sick or don’t cough/sneeze into their shoulder/arm or tissue/handkerchief, people won’t comply with masks. But even if they do, many masks are poorly designed or work improperly. Worse, wearing masks increases face touching.

    “This virus has confounded experts all around. [..] the American approach is “well two people say two things, must be a hoax by the deep state”. “

    It is the Dunning-Kruger effect: overconfidence and incompetence. Experts have been exposed as not being experts at all. They’ve been uncovered as frauds enacting fraud, that is, a hoax.

    The most visible expert, Director of the NIH Dr. Fauci, was directly asked if Americans should wear masks. He replied that they should not and that the only thing masks do is psychological manipulation: they make people feel better. Later, he said that everyone should wear masks. The science didn’t change, so we must conclude that the purpose of wearing masks is to manipulate people. That’s not two people saying two things.

    “Interesting turn of events in the US capitol “</blockq

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