Thanks all for the new session!
As to enjoying the show, I don't know about the rest of you but I sure am. Who would have guessed, a year ago, that we'd have experienced the parade of absurdities we've been treated to? Each more ridiculous than the last? The key I think is to keep a bit of emotional distance from it all by maintaining a sense of humor.
I’m a bit up and down on that - maybe like Joe said at the beginning of the thread, you kinda ‘normalize’ the craziness and dial down the negative outlook. Or as Laura said, the constant pain makes you forget about the pain progressively.
For me the main feeling is something like ‘gobsmackedness’ - the feeling that what I see and hear is a figment or distortion of my perception. Mind you, I know it is not, but that also makes reality often insufferable. It’s become so grotesque, but people don’t seem to realize.
I listened to the radio today and the Australian PM ScoMo had to whip one of his member of parliament back into line who was touting ‘nonsense’ like hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is an effective treatment against Covid-19. Especially members of the left party (labour) were screeming that he put people’s lives at risk, that he was a fool and that he needed to stop peddling such blatant and obvious lies.
And the same day I read an article in the American Journal of Medicine with the title Pathophysiological Basis and Rationale for Early Outpatient Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Infection
. The authors are from all the high-powered medical research and clinical institutions in the US, like Baylor University, Emory University, Yale etc. - ’heavy-hitters’.
In the middle of the article they have this nice little flow chart where - you guessed it right! - HCQ is cited as the first-line treatment of mild to moderate cases of Covid-19. You can read in the linked text what they had to say about HCQ, but to just summarize it: it works if you treat early and long enough. No doubt about that!
Of course you haven’t heard of that! As you probably haven’t heard that the big study - still widely quoted against HCQ treatment - published in the Lancet has been withdrawn. Too shoddy and worthless.
So to come back to my initial line of thinking, what gets to me is this ‘cognitive dissonance’ - opposing facts that are virtually living next to each other (sometimes literally!). But most people - including medical professionals that at heart are not overly stupid - just shrug their shoulders and have their eyes glaze over.
It feels like being alive in a city of zombies, where things are kinda functioning to some degree, but you walk through this city hoping they won’t notice that you are not a zombie, and you can see that things don’t work, everything is falling apart, decaying, going to rot, but the zombies seem totally OK with that or don’t see it.
And I don’t like popcorn!