I appreciate the forbearance of my readers as to the scarcity of recent writing. I have been, as my people say, “covered up”. The latest covid wave, though milder from an individual risk perspective, has nonetheless been another deluge that’s had me burning at both ends — in addition to my usual responsibilities and a few important projects. Half as severe still means at least twice as busy when just about everyone, their neighbor, and their neighbor’s dog all seem to have come down with the virus in the same two-month span. Even moreso as word has gotten out that I stock “the good stuff” — thanks to the generous contributions of paid subscribers here btw, which has covered my out of pocket supply costs to the extent that I can maintain a “pay what you can afford” policy for Covid house calls.
Notes from the ground:
I’ve finally started seeing infections in unvaccinated people with prior immunity for the first time at any really noticeable level (I had seen it before but was always a fluke occurrence). They have typically been unpleasant but have resolved rapidly with treatment — moreso than in someone in their first infection. I’m talking 78 year old man takes the treatment stack and wakes up the next morning feeling fine. Right now I would rate the severity ranking by vaccine/prior infection status as: boosted > 2 dose > 2 dose + prior infection > unvaccinated with no prior infection > unvaccinated with prior infection. Not sure exactly why the boosted are getting hit harder but I have some guesses. Omicron has made one thing pretty clear: people are going to get hit with repeat infections eventually. Will the cumulative damage make the toll of all this gradually worse and pick off more and more from spike protein damage? Will BA.2 be even more immune evasive? I don’t know. But I do know that the vaxxed + boosted are being heavily exposed to this toxic protein between the shots and natural infections so they’ll be the proverbial canaries in the coalmine.
Respiratory issues noticeably less of a factor. Still problems with tachycardia, higher frequency of weird autoimmune symptoms like rash and specific join pain - the knees are a common one. Blood clots seem just as or more common with omicron as they were with the original strain, which means that as cold-like as it seems you still want to treat proactively with anticoagulants. The immune dysfunction leading to secondary infection also still an issue in untreated cases.
Hydroxychloroquine has re-entered the chat - seems to work as well or better against Omicron than Ivermectin, though both are performing very nicely. We had to dial up the doses for Delta and I was concerned resistance was developing but Omicron appears to be an old (maybe pre-Wuhan) strain that treatments are still effective against.
Delta/cryptid hot strains aren’t common but they’re still around.
Happy to report that everyone I’ve been seeing has stayed out of hospital with early treatment and the hospital cases I’ve been involved with all responded nicely with treatment. No deaths nor intubations with early treatment. Sadly, that’s not the case for the untreated/government standard of care patients. May be lower absolute risk of death or hospitalizations but 2500+ per day are dying and the horror of it all is that many of these deaths are entirely avoidable. Hard to escape the suspicion that this is anything less than a satanic human sacrifice scheme being carried out by the government-medical-industrial complex.
With that I will leave you with a letter that the novelist Tom Wolfe wrote on his deathbed to a former editor and dear friend with whom he had a falling out with a couple of years prior. It is a reminder that somewhere, someone is in the hospital begging God for the opportunity that each one of us in good health has right now:
August 12, 1938
I’m sneaking this against orders, but “I’ve got a hunch”—and I wanted to write these words to you.
I’ve made a long voyage and been to a strange country, and I’ve seen the dark man very close; and I don’t think I was too much afraid of him, but so much of mortality still clings to me—I wanted most desperately to live and still do, and I thought about you all a thousand times, and wanted to see you all again, and there was the impossible anguish and regret of all the work I had not done, of all the work I had to do—and I know now I’m just a grain of dust, and I feel as if a great window has been opened on life I did not know about before—and if I come through this, I hope to God I am a better man, and in some strange way I can’t explain, I know I am a deeper and a wiser one. If I get on my feet and out of here, it will be months before I head back, but if I get on my feet, I’ll come back.
Whatever happens—I had this “hunch” and wanted to write you and tell you, no matter what happens or has happened, I shall always think of you and feel about you the way it was that Fourth of July day three years ago when you met me at the boat, and we went out on the café on the river and had a drink and later went on top of the tall building, and all the strangeness and the glory and the power of life and of the city was below.