Written by Christopher J. Wilkinson
This week, a member of the family came down with COVID. They work at a private assisted living facility which has enforced strict COVID control measures over the past two years; restrictions on family and friends visiting their loved ones, compulsory use of PPE including the ubiquitous blue face masks, regular lateral flow testing, heightened hygiene procedures and other preventative measures. The individual afflicted with the disease has habitually worn a face mask both in and outside the workplace, hasn’t travelled far, and has received two injections of the supposed COVID vaccine. By contrast, I have never worn a face mask, have travelled widely, and have resisted the government’s incessantly disgusting coercive pressure to have the jabs. I find myself asking why I’m not ill, albeit in a tongue-in-cheek way.
The Greek physician Hippocrates stressed the importance of observation and recording to accurately document the progress of illnesses. While the illness started with a migraine which developed into a dry cough over the course of three days, it appears relatively harmless from my perspective. Outwardly, the effect of the illness is not too dissimilar to a typical chest infection except that there is no phlegm and coughing fits are less constant. Most surprisingly, although by no means a unique occurrence among others who’ve experienced COVID, is the loss of taste. Naturally, there is no settled science on the precise cause; some medical outlets claim that this is a natural side effect of upper respiratory infections, others claim that it is linked to vitamin and nutritional deficiencies. Interestingly, some platforms link loss of taste to radiation therapy for cancer or chemical exposure. Earlier reports of COVID symptoms suggested that hair loss was, similarly, a long-term effect of contracting coronavirus. While it is only a suggestion and one that I now dismiss, my initial thought during the early phases of lockdown in April 2020 was that COVID possessed a radioactive quality. In this case, it remains to be seen whether the loss of taste endures long after the illness has gone, although testimony from other individuals I’ve encountered would suggest it will linger for some time yet. Unsurprisingly, the NHS website lists numerous generic symptoms for what is being referred to as ‘long COVID’ – symptoms apparently including depression and anxiety, which even the most junior doctor would tell you are themselves conditions and not symptoms.
In all other respects, the disease appears to be nothing out of the ordinary. One particularly curious feature about this experience is that the LFT recorded positive only when the first main symptom of illness – the migraine – made an appearance. It has previously been suggested that the first five days with COVID is the most infectious period. As much as I and many others have cast doubt upon the authenticity of the LFT results, the test does appear to be able to detect something; whether it has detected the presence of COVID is open to debate, so too is the consistency of accurate results. On the issue of testing, it is worth bearing in mind that Kary Mullis, the creator of the PCR also being used to supposedly detect the presence of COVID, claimed before his death that it had a proclivity for unreliability stating that ‘you can find almost anything in anybody’ if the amplification cycles were set too high. Incidentally, the PCR has been known to be used to detect cancer and HIV. One can therefore attest to them having some degree of accuracy in the detection of some illnesses, however unknown the quantity may be.
The one main takeaway from the past week has been that for all the state’s hysteria and alarmist propaganda about COVID-19, the rhetoric doesn’t match the reality. Of course, there are those who have died with COVID, and there are a fewer number who’ve died from COVID outright. However, that could be said of many other comparable illnesses – especially pneumonia and flu. What’s revealing is that the individual in this instance is in their 50s with conditions that place them at risk of catching COVID yet has managed to escape illness for the thirty months since the first case was recorded and is not in need of hospitalisation. Even more revealing perhaps is that the individual writing this article lives with the infected person has had no COVID injections and has not caught it despite being in proximity during the most infectious stage of the illness. After five days of isolation at home, a regulation now of the care providers not of the government, they will be returning to work once again donning a blue face mask. I despair.