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What is Covid-19

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According to Webster’s dictionary, Covid-19 is defined as:  a mild to severe respiratory illness that is caused by a coronavirus (Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 of the genus Betacoronavirus), is transmitted chiefly by contact with infectious material (such as respiratory droplets) or with objects or surfaces contaminated by the causative virus, and is characterized especially by fever, cough, and shortness of breath and may progress to pneumonia and respiratory failure.

This is the most basic, scientific description of the virus that is causing a worldwide pandemic. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) keep strict account of the number of cases and those fatalities that happened as a result of this virus. In fact, the CDC records every virus, bacteria or germ that has the potential to cause massive destruction of human life. Probably the best function of this organization, is that it approves vaccines for such contingencies. They also provide a compiled, extensive list of what is and is not safe for humans to consume, whether it be food or liquid.

These guidelines have kept me safe my entire life.

Nothing has changed, why are things different?

Since the inception of my academic career, which began in the 1960’s, it was required to get certain vaccines, or you were not allowed registration into your school. This was not because of control, attack on personal freedoms, or government tracking system. It was mandated to prevent of highly contagious diseases that had fatal consequences. The list of diseases to be vaccinated for were then, and still are, Polio, Chickenpox, Smallpox, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, just to name a few, were severely curtailed due to the vaccines that were produced. My children were born during the 1990’s, and they all received these same vaccinations.

For over 60 years, those diseases have been eliminated from our society due to the work of scientists and researchers at the CDC as well as many other institutions of higher learning that study infectious diseases. When people of this level of intricate study publish anything, the motive is to save as many lives as possible. So, when the CDC publishes that the Covid-19 virus is an offshoot, for lack of a better term, of the SARS virus, I believe them. The fact is, SARS had its outbreak in 2002. Simple mathematics says scientist have been studying and researching this virus for 19 years since the date of this publication.

So I’m sure I have asked myself this question as you have, why now are people so adverse to the vaccination protocol that have kept our society relatively safe. The answer is a simple one, people are stupid. Not all people, just one group of individuals located mostly in one region of the globe. They feed off lies and misinformation told by conservative media. The latest is the spread of lies saying Ivermectin is good for fighting Covid-19. The fact is this a deworming medicine used for horses and cows., The truth is it can kill you.

Where does the other fork in the road go?

We know what doctors, scientist and researchers think, they want us to get vaccinated against this virus. Another question I have asked myself is, “why would anyone that has been protected against diseases with vaccines be opposed to getting vaccinated from this highly contagious and potentially fatal virus choose not to get this vaccine? I firmly believe the answer is political and not scientific. Right wing media has promoted lies such as, “covid-19 is a hoax”, “it’s just like catching a cold”, and my favorite, “this will all just go away”. Again, I believe the doctors, scientist and researchers. Why would I listen to a college drop out? Right wing media seem to love that type I guess.

But the misinformation king was #45. He lied daily about what covid-19 was, the severity of it and mislead people on how they could cure themselves by ingesting disinfectants into the body, among such stupidity. But as it turns out. Lady Karma has a sense of humor. Naturally, there was an outbreak of covid-19 cases in the Trump family as well as the White House and traveling band. Donald himself contracted covid-19.

This is where the rigidness and inflexibility of the republican brain factors into the equation. They would rather follow the fat orange baby than follow science. It is more important to them to catch this virus than get the help offered to avoid the suffering this disease brings. It is the republican narrative alone that preaches the denial of science that has prevented them from the diseases previously mentioned.

This resistance to science is why this has become the pandemic of the unvaccinated.

Always when it is too late

One of the most famous and accurate quotes describing bravery under pressure is, “there are no Atheist in fox holes”. Meaning, everyone believes when they think it’s their time under extreme circumstances. When the vaccine rolled out, during the Trump Administration, the die was cast. Those that chose science lined up for the vaccine to covid-19. I was among them. But, there were the masses that chose lies and misinformation. Those are the ones in foxholes now.

Because covid-19 is so proficient at mutating, the current Delta version of covid-19 is causing a fourth surge in infections across America. The overwhelming number of patients hospitalized now are unvaccinated, 99% according to hospitals across this country. My understanding of this is, the virus is a hoax, until it happens to you. Must be hard to have to live a life learning from hard knocks instead of others mistakes. That is an expensive way to live.

Remember, nothing has changed, the CDC wants to keep us free of harm and provide solutions. The Orange Fat Man was lying to you the whole time. The vaccine was not rushed, the virus has been studied for the past 19 years. I have been fully vaccinated since the beginning of March, without incident. My DNA has not changed, nor have my of my normal habits, routines, and I have not been chipped by the vaccine. Face it, if you own a cell phone you are already chipped. Even when you are sleeping, your phone is pinging off the closest tower.

Get vaccinated and keep yourself and the ones you say you care about, safe.

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Gene Smith

Gene Smith is a Chief Campaign Strategist living in Arizona. He is a Juris Doctor, and host of the podcast "Hanging With Uncle"

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