COVID ongoing, COVID eternal?

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The failure to recognise the ongoing severity of COVID-19 is creating a reality gap that is being filled by groups peddling misinformation.

“You don’t want to get this disease once if you can avoid it, and you don’t want to get it four times for sure.”

— Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Programme


The reality is that virtually nobody is immunologically naive any more yet we are still observing rampant transmission and continued markedly elevated levels of excess deaths. The pivot towards extolling the virtues of reinfections and breakthrough infections thus seems to be an attempt to rationalize the mismatch between those early claims and the objective reality around us…

Rather than recognising and educating the population about the well documented role of COVID-19 in cardiac and neurological damageas a consequence of vascular damage or auto-immune dysregulation, governments and policymakers have remained silent, thus allowing misinformation and disinformation to flourish. The end result…is that trust in vaccination as a whole is eroding, undermining the foundation of public health, beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

This forced normalcy doesn’t seem like it can last forever. There is too much actual economic impact to pretend forever, especially if reinfection truly does continue to carry cumulative risks of long covid so disability rises. We’re being sacrificed for capitalism but it’s not going to work. Same with climate change, though it will be too late to do much about it with quick results when we hit the really bad effects or hit positive feedback loops with dramatically large impacts like the melting of the Greenland ice and shutdown of the Atlantic Ocean cycle.


By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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