A SNEAKY LITTLE VIRUS – Marilyn Armstrong

Having had more medical issues than I can remember (sometimes I make a list and try to remember everything, but I always forget something), I speak and understand “medicalese” pretty well. Not every word or every procedure or even all the normal diseases or conditions.

Nonetheless, on the whole, I’ve got a good grip on the difference between a virus and a bacteria, the nature of antibodies, and how they work as well as immune systems. If I haven’t had a particular disease, I’m sure I know someone who did.

This little plague of ours is different. It seems to have a lot of symptoms and may conjoin with other COVID-type illnesses. It wasn’t created in a lab and really, no one is sure where it came from. Testing on it started too late in China and much too late in the U.S. which means we are long past the point of being able to pin down the Alpha case.

There’s something very sneaky about this one. It’s supposed to be most lethal to the elderly with “issues” and relatively benign in younger people. It doesn’t seem to be all that clear on what it defines as “younger” people. It has killed a lot more young people than it should have yet left many seniors okay. Now they think they have found a related disease (parallel or just another version?) of COVID-19 which is specific to children, especially very young ones — babies and toddlers.

It bears a lot of resemblance to the flu insofar as it mutates quickly so it’s impossible to pin down from year to year exactly how it will present when it shows up. That’s why sometimes flu shots are more effective than others.

I think COVID 19 (and any other title they give the disease) may not be one disease but a variety of similar ones that are somehow passed along via a single virus.  It may not produce lasting resistance even if you’ve had it. Many viruses don’t produce resistance, but most of them are less lethal than this nasty one.

All the terrible mistakes we’ve made and continue to make are not making it easier to pin this virus down. They may produce a vaccine that only works on some types of the disease, but not on others. As this country tries to “go back to normal,” the odds of a new wave of the virus killing hundreds of thousands more people is pretty good.

We aren’t going back to normal. We can’t. People will work until they look around and see their colleagues, friends, and family getting sick and dying. Then, all of a sudden, people will be a lot less eager to go out and play. Or work. This isn’t going to be a conveniently quick bubble that goes away when the sun comes out.

I’m not sure we’ve seen everything this virus can and will do. That we have the most mean-spirited, insensitive, greedy, narcissistic, dumbass as our president is not helping us either. We are short of tests, swabs, PPE. Everything we need to figure out where this disease was and where it is likely to go is absent or in very short supply.

I had a short, joyless laugh when the governor of Mississippi pulled back opening the state saying it simply was not ready. There is no more “Red” state than Mississippi. I don’t know how the election will go. I’m hoping people are not so blind that they prefer a murderer as president to any sane person.

But who knows? This country has a lot of issues, most of which have yet to be settled or even confronted.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Opinionated writer with hopes for a better future for all plus a big helping of cynicism.

11 thoughts on “A SNEAKY LITTLE VIRUS – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. I loved the quote. I’ve heard or read it somewhere before, but not for eons. Thanks for the refresher. As to C-19? We are (perhaps) reaping the whirlwind. To some that equates to not respecting nor honoring Mother Earth enough. To others it means we’ve somehow offended God (whatever you see that being as). To others still – it’s just evolution of a sort I guess. I don’t dwell on it, and I keep my boundaries. For the safety of others and myself. I don’t hope to survive C-19, but given Murphy’s influence – I probably shall. *sigh* It’s crazy and I suppose we’ve become those flies….

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    1. I think our ability to survive depends heavily on IF they can make a vaccine and get it out to us quickly. And that will depend on who’s President. If it’s Trump, we can assume we’ll be lucky to get anything at all.

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    1. No, we definitely haven’t. And it is mutating, so by next year, it might well be a different strain affecting different people. Sometimes I think the Earth finally got pissed off at us and is doing HER thing.

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    1. I’m not even sure what normal could possible BE these days. If this virus keeps coming back and back and back — and changing the manner of its presentation — we are going to be ground to powder. Back to the caves.

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  2. Hi Marliyn ! Such a great feeling to visit your page after ages. So nice to see that you both are doing great. Keep on thinking and praying for all of you. May God keep you safe, healthy and happy. Wrote a small note for all my blogger friends on my blog. I am fine and so is Tarun and boys. Take care and lots of good wishes to you and family. Much love.

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    1. We’ve been quarantined for months now and it may go on a lot longer, no matter who tells us “everything is open.” What a grim year this has become. I’m glad you are well. Hang on in there. This is going to last a lot longer than we thought. It might continue for years.

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