I am not a doctor. I run an informal blog where I just noodle about, reading this or that story, commenting with my feet propped up, blathering about what interests me. I avoid my own areas of expertise because I just don't have time to do them justice. This goes triple for subjects like medicine or almost any science, law, auto mechanics, or ballet dancing - subjects that are well beyond my ability to speak to them even halfway credibly and not look stupid.
But this story jumped out at me. Sadly we know several who died from Covid. That's why I don't make light of it. I get the problems, the Covid regulations, the disaster that all these measures were and the lives shattered by them. But the disease is still serious.
Nonetheless, a few weeks ago my wife and I were discussing these last couple years. We thought of those who we know who died. A few of them were already in medical facilities because they were suffering from serious, basically terminal, problems. When her uncle died of Covid, I was shocked he was still alive. He had about a half dozen serious and essentially fatal conditions.
But something else came to us as we thought about the people we know. Everyone who died was in a hospital. Even if they went to the hospital only for Covid. True, almost everyone we know who died had some serious aliment one way or another. But whatever the case, they were all in the hospital when they died.
On the other hand, we also know many who came down with Covid who didn't die. In fact, almost everyone we know came down with Covid, including us. It could be serious and some of us were hit hard by the symptoms. But almost none of us went to the hospital. I think only one we know of went to the hospital who didn't pass away.
Three we know had it bad. Real bad. Close to death bad. This includes two close family members - one who was fully vaccinated and the other who wasn't vaccinated. There were times we thought we were going to lose them. But they stayed home and fought it off. And both have medical issues, including one with serious respiratory limits. Yet they didn't die.
Everyone we know of who died died in a hospital. I have no way of knowing if they were on ventilators or not. I think one was, a young fellow who was a classmate of my oldest. He went to the hospital early December and was on a ventilator through most of the month, sadly passing a week or so before Christmas. Yet everyone we know who lived stayed put and stayed home.
I won't say I'm not trying to say something, because I clearly am. We've watched as the medical community has fumbled the ball a dozen times with this. And that's without the politics of it. Just the initial promise of what the vaccinations would do versus what they actually seem to do - based on what we know right now - is staggering. When my wife and I thought of this, and then I saw the above article, I must admit it did little other than reinforce our initial observations. And suspicions.