Yes, as far as I am concerned – it’s the end of COVID-19. I am not giving it any more of my precious time and attention, after I write this post. Exactly two months into my awareness of it, the following are my conclusions on it and some other stuff.
EMERGENCE OF THE VIRUS
COVID-19 and every other virus like it did not emerge because of bats in Wuhan, China. Yes, the virus emerged probably in Wuhan but for other factors. And there is no point in blaming China because what they are doing there is being done across the world – in every big city from Dublin to New York and every industrialised agricultural area… or maybe the phrase should be intensive industrialised farming might be the phrase to use.
On the face of it, lockdown was instituted across the world in order to prevent the complete collapse of the existing Health Services, hospitals etc.
DID COVID-19 DIRECTLY KILL?
I don’t believe so, in the majority of cases. It was just the last straw for many people who had one or more contributing factors – they were elderly, had heart and/or lung problems, had low immune systems, were in some stage of other serious illnesses. I think it is more than possible that some died because ventilators overwhelmed their last shred of resistance. And finally, the humanity factor of being isolated and left alone in their fear and distress most certainly did not help – and, in my own mind, this last factor is the saddest part of the story.
WE WILL SUFFER THE EFFECTS FOR A LONG TIME TO COME
The emotional, psychological and financial impact of COVID-19 are going to affect a great many of us, especially in the developed countries for a long time to come – especially the children and those already experiencing mental health and human condition issues.
Our governments and how they handle the aftermath of the virus is (possibly) going to be the most influencing factor in the severity of what may or may not turn out to be a recovery. I say “possibly” because we might escape the probability/certainty? of their bungling by taking our individual recovery into our own hands.
TAKING PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR RECOVERY
What I write about above is in the past for me because I intend to at least TRY to take responsibility for my own recovery into my own hands – or should it be MIND?
The biggest lesson I have taken from the COVID-19 event is that the most important aspect of my health is my IMMUNE SYSTEM. I need to become more pro-active in taking care of it if I want to stay away from our broken Healthcare Systems across the world. My best weapons are:
- Being as happy as I can be 24/7 because you can’t be happy and stressed at the same time. Stress is a HUGE factor in wrecking our immune systems. I will do that by drastically reducing time on my phone – especially Facebook, which is the most depressing and fear-thriving app/platform I know of. Choosing happy, uplifting, inspiring films etc and tuning in as little as possible to international news. Once a day is even too much to be tuning into the feed of fear. Keeping in touch with a circle of friends – not just clicking the Like buttons on social media – that’s not keeping in touch -that’s pretending to keep in touch. And why are we all texting instead of talking anyway? Avoidance measures – plain daft and isolating.
- Examining my diet and taking whatever supplements I think I am not getting enough of – and that definitely entails taking Vit C every day because we don’t store it. Getting at least an hour of sun exposure throughout the day to keep my Vit D levels up and also keeping any eye out that I am not lacking in necessary Amino Acids which most people incl medical profession don’t seem to pay much attention to. In Egypt it seems to be pretty standard for doctors to prescribe a multivit to every patient that shows up – can’t hurt.
- Sticking to my exercise – at least 2 hours on my bike every day if at all possible
- Going to sleep when I am tired – even if it is 8pm. Getting up with the sun and going to be when it’s dark is the natural body cycle anyway! Egyptians are the best people I know at taking a nap every chance they get 🙂 so smart!
- An on-going evaluation of my priorities in life, what is important to me and what isn’t, what I really need/want and what I don’t.
WHAT I HOPE FOR ON A GLOBAL SCALE
Everyone knows our healthcare systems in Ireland the UK and the US (I don’t know much about EU) are a complete joke. Nurses are not paid enough and the hours hospital doctors and nurses work are little short of legalised slavery. How can exhausted people be expected to care for people properly?
US$5,500 is the bill in a New York Hospital for a nurse to lance a peronidal cyst, without any form anaesthetic, no other form of medication, absolutely nothing required, no packing materials afterwards, just to lance it, clean the area and stick on a bandage – WTF? Look there is something radically wrong there. And I don’ think our Irish hospitals are much better. I would like to see a complete audit of all our hospitals individually to see where the costs arise that, apparently, are making it next to impossible for thousands of people to get attention for serious medical conditions.
I would like to see governments taking more interest and promoting better self help care in the areas of mental health and in the form of nutrition, alternative therapies and stress management. Prevention is better than cure and we need to create a healthy community with less need for serious healthcare for as long as possible.
I hated school, beyond reading, writing and maths it was mostly a waste of time in my case and, sorry to say, but my secondary school teachers were definitely not up to much – I don’t know if it’s the same today. But I think the prevailing ethos of dependance on points and exam systems that grade students on their ability to regurgitate data has long been recognised as a failed system. I don’t know why we perpetuate it.
There are increasing numbers of our children falling out of that system every year. Things need to change. I am sorry for my grandchildren who have to go through the current systems and glad I am not a parent now because I don’t think I could stand to watch my kids though the system again.
I would love to see a return to small farming or something like that – maybe that means people going back to keeping a few chickens in the backyard – if not prevented by local laws, growing more vegetables ourselves, more bee-keepers etc. The lakes of pig-slurry can’t go on indefinitely, – it is obvious they are a breeding ground for the next virus mutation. The cruelty and the lack of morality in industrialize animal farming and food production results in us eating meat that has a bad energy and bad vibration about it – can’t be healthy for us – I say that without even going into what these animals are fed with etc.
OTHER WORRYING TRENDS
I would see the inclination of world governments and people in power behind them such a huge corporations and private interests as one of the biggest unrecognised threats to our existence today. This becomes obvious in the increasing surveillance measures everywhere – cameras, cameras everywhere and now they want to track us (they already do to an extent) through our phones.
People are Products – to Facebook, Google etc. we are not users, we are products. They don’t just sell to us, they sell us, our information and our data. They dehumanize us.
Freedom – Countries where people think they are republics and democracies, without Emperors, Kings & Queens are living a delusion. What is the difference between the behaviors of the individuals we “elect” and the Emperors of old? Not a lot when you really think about it. We just live under the illusion of freedom. We have more laws and law ENFORCERS now across the globe than we ever had. We are as much or even more enslaved to big business today than we were enslaved of old. Time to take a stand I think.
Peer Policing, Judgements, Convictions, Social Taboos – Personally the most disappointing thing I noticed the past two months was a spiralling growth in peer policing and the subequent trial by social media and lynching (metaphorically) of our fellow citizens. I understand it is all completely fuelled by fear, but it is damaging and dangerous. What do I mean?
- The harassment, judgement and hanging on social media by some people obeying lockdown of the people they perceived to breaking it.
- the now erupting arguments between those in favour of continuing lockdown versus those who want lockdown lifted
- the ensuing (and I would imagine going to explode) fights between those who want to force everyone to get vaccinated against everything and those who want the right to refuse vaccination for themselves and their families
- the fight between those who believe the virus came from doing something with rats in China and those who believe it comes from our damage to the environment
- the fight between those who believe there is a virus and those who believe it is some kind of hoax pulled by governments and the New World Order to enslave us all
- the fight between the US citizens who support the Democratic Party and those who support the Republican Party over the virus and how to deal with it – and most importantly the need to find someone to blame for it all.
- the fight between the ones who want censorship and those who want freedom of speech
- The fight between the religious and the agnostic, between the liberal and the conservative, the fight between the Right and the Left, the fight between the American Whites and the American Blacks??? the fight between the American police and the black community.
Oh God! I’m going to stop there – it’s just too fucking exhausting! Everyone has a position on everything! Fine, that’s ok! What is NOT ok is the growing need that seems to be expressing itself in people to HAVE EVERYONE ELSE CONVERT to their position on EVERYTHING! That is the beginning of fascism and a return to Nazi politics and control. Yes, all driven by fear. It might be funny if it weren’t so sad.
So, that is me, done and dusted now, got everything on the subject of COVID-19 (I hope!) off my chest, and ready to get on with my life.