In the past year, Covid-19 has taken 2.89 million people around the world. These numbers are paltry compared to the Black Plague’s 25 million deaths from roughly 1346 to 1353. If I were willing to do a little more research and find the total population in 1343 and compare it with the number in 2019 the percentage of people who died would be drastically smaller, but, I can only “google” so many numbers about death.
While the diseases have different methods of introduction they share some similarities. The plague attacks the lymph nodes and spreads. Eventually, your body goes into “Septic Shock” causing internal bleeding, abnormal clotting and multiple organ failure. Coronavirus attacks the respiratory system and spreads through the body until (and here I’m not certain what to believe) the immune system overreacts and (or the virus creates the conditions for the creation of cytokines which) causes abnormal clotting and organ failure. The more things change the more they stay the same.
What has changed are the resources available. Science has provided diagnostic tools, treatment options, methods of mitigating the worst symptoms and most importantly, a vaccine to prevent the spread.
I’ve received my first dose already, and am scheduled for my second this weekend. Two weeks after that I’m 94% less likely to contract the disease. I’m happy to be this close. Not everybody is so excited, though.
There have been countless posts, tweets, news items, the electronic litter along the information superhighway, expressing doubts and concerns about the efficiency, or safety, of, or even the need for the Covid-19 vaccination. People are skeptical about the existence of the virus and have theories about the real nature of the program. Some have concluded that the government is going to use this opportunity to implant us all with a tracking device.
Why bother? Why not just slip it into the next batch of flu vaccines? Roughly the same percentage of Americans are estimated to get the Corona Virus vaccine as take the flu vaccine annually.
Besides, it has been such a successful con, with so many intricate pieces, such exquisite timing and coordination you have to believe that any organization that could pull that off could probably just hire some goons to follow you around and send emails or texts telling the government where you are and what you’re doing. Certainly any covert operation worth its black helicopters and belt buckle bayonets has the means to sneak into your house in the middle of the night and jab you with a tracking device/identification chip.
In my case, they could just put it in my hair gel. Since the pandemic struck I’ve been reluctant to get a haircut, and my hair got wild. It’s a mop.
But, I found some of my wife’s hair gel, (she calls it mousse) and it has changed everything. My hair looks amazing. I’ve even started a fan club for my hair. I would gladly accept a tracking device if they were willing to pitch in a little money to pay for my hair products. My wife’s stuff isn’t going to last forever.
Maybe they could just use our cell phones. We pay good money for the privilege of carrying that little transmitter of personal information.
I’ve read that it is similar to the “mark of the beast” from the Book of Revelations. I remember when I was in grade school there was a book called “The Late Great Planet Earth” which, if I remember correctly, predicted the end of the world would happen sometime in the eighties, it was at least 40 years off, probably more. In the 1500s a radical sect of Anabaptists took over the German city of Munster. They were led by a man who believed the end was at hand and it was going to begin in Munster. It didn’t happen. Who knows how many times somebody predicted the end was coming in the 400 years between the two. It’s difficult for a casual Christian to put much faith in predictions of the apocalypse.
I’m going to get my vaccine. You should get yours, too. And you should check out my hair, my wife is probably going to make me get it cut after my immunity is bolstered, and you don’t want to be left out when all your friends talk about the “good old days, when Tim’s hair looked so spectacular.” We should all smile more and dance as often as the mood strikes. We need to make the world a happier, healthier place.
This post is republished on Medium.
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