One of the most egregious acts of the “public health authorities” during these Plague Years has been their refusal to educate the public about how viruses actually interact with the human immune system. The messaging from official sources has focused on a singular message of “avoid COVID infection at all costs”, which is a) impossible and b) undesirable. What’s worse is that this message creates fear in everyone who believes it. For the great majority of people with no training in biology or medicine (and unfortunately even for many who are in these fields as well), it creates a paranoid germophobia that encourages the sorts of extreme behaviors we are seeing today — e.g. obsessive masking and hand-sanitizing, isolation, unnecessary vaxxing, and support for authoritarian and even repressive political policies. It can scarcely be argued that the impact of this widespread psychological trauma on the public is not worse than any effect of the SARS-COV-2 virus itself, and it is obvious that the authorities could defuse it overnight by changing their messaging and attempting to temper the public’s fear with nuanced understanding of how viruses and the immune system work. But the authorities do not do this, and in fact do the opposite, for instance by acting like the emergence of a new “variant” of SARS-COV-2 is a shocking tragedy, instead of the inevitable evolutionary behavior of a widespread virus.
Pessimistically one might assume that the authorities stoke these fears for financial reasons. They are selling vaccines, “free” to the public but bought and paid for by mandate from the public treasury. At $20 a shot, the vaccine industry has made more than $10 billion in the US alone, all without having to worry about advertising or competition or indeed even government regulatory oversight (VAERS schmaers!). Some public health authorities are no doubt directly on the payroll of Pfizer/Moderna/et al, others are shareholders, but direct corruption is not the only thing potentially going on. Boots-on-the-ground scientists and universities play along because they depend on NIH and CDC for research funding, so they pretty much have to do what these organizations say, and NIH and CDC depend on public fear of various health conditions to drum up support for increasing their funding from the federal government. Those of us old enough might remember how the CDC has tried to spin up other viruses into objects of fear over the years — Zika, West Nile, Dengue fever, ebola, various influenza variants — presumably always searching for a new cash cow to regain the glory days when they scared the public shitless over AIDS/HIV and guaranteed themselves two decades of high level funding.
Less cynically, it’s possible that many of the health authorities are just as crazy as everyone else. COVID paranoia seems to be primarily centered on the urban elites in the US — and of course 100% of the people telling us to be afraid are from that group. But perhaps the most generous explanation for the messaging of constant fear is that the authorities believe that only fear will motivate the population to do what “they ought to do” to protect themselves against the virus. I have wondered, for instance, if my own university’s deception of the public regarding the value of natural immunity or universal vaccine mandates was motivated by a belief that, were they to admit any valid reason to not take a COVID vaccine, there would be many people who would conclude that no one should take a COVID vaccine. From their perspective, then, they would be deceiving the public for its own good. Of course this is a completely immoral, ends-justifies-the-means type of reasoning, and to the degree that this represents the beliefs of our medical authorities, it represents — as I have stated previously — grotesque, unforgivable malpractice. Moreover, to the degree that healthcare professionals would willfully attempt to inflict psychological pain on the general public, this represents a crime against human decency and charity so great as to beggar belief — the diametrical opposite of what such people should be doing, the anodyne of medical ethics.
Well anyway, I figure it’s my job to do what I can to counteract all of that. People should never make decisions from fear. Therefore I would strongly encourage anyone to read the below linked piece, which describes very carefully the Red Queen dance of viruses and the immune system, explains clearly why natural immunity is infinitely superior to a vaccine subscription service and why normal human interaction is necessary for the immune system to work properly, and does so without the hyperbole and anger you are likely to get from many dissident sources (including, alas, this blog). It’s a long piece but it’s worth the time you’ll spend with it. If for no other reason, it has some great trees and Muller plots showing the evolutionary dynamics of viruses that those of you who teach biology courses may find helpful.