OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.
Almost like COVID isn’t the only illness with which a person could become sick. Imagine that.
Apparently, a columnist was suffering with “a nasty dry cough, sniffles and a thumping headache. Burning muscle pain. And, if you didn’t feel miserable enough, everything you eat tastes like dust.” She was shocked that repeated PCR and rapid lateral flow tests came back negative.
After she spoke publicly about her “mystery illness,” many people reached out with similar experiences of testing negative for COVID despite suffering typical COVID symptoms.
I mean really, how dare these people not test positive for COVID, right? Don’t they know there’s propaganda to push? Don’t they know that the narrative needs them to think they’re deathly ill and highly contagious with a deadly disease, and then contribute their illness to the statistics that support things like vaccine mandates, mask mandates, and lockdowns?
Their repeated negative COVID tests despite being sick will make people wonder if other illnesses might still exist that have typical “COVID symptoms” like runny nose, cough, headache, fever, and body aches.
Things like the common cold, the flu, RSV, and even seasonal allergies.
About twice a year, I get hit with massive seasonal allergies. I get a pounding headache and terrible sinuses, which lead to sneezing and runny nose as well as post-nasal drainage, which in turn induces an immediate and then lingering cough. Sometimes I even get a fever as my body desperately tries to combat whatever is messing with my sinus system. Weirdly, when your sinuses are messed up, it affects your ability to smell and taste. So pretty much just like COVID for most healthy people who aren’t at risk of severe illness.
I’ve also had some wicked colds. Again, my sinuses explode and I get an alternating runny and stuffy nose, sneezing, post-nasal drainage, and an accompanying cough which often lingers. I feel feverish and get a pounding headache. Because my body actually is sick, my body then feels sick, and manifests this feeling with body aches and generally decreased energy. Again, the sinus dysfunction leads to a decreased sense of taste and smell. Again, pretty much just like COVID for most healthy people who aren’t at risk of severe illness.
A few years ago, my kids and I all got the flu. For two weeks, we all suffered with runny and stuffy noses, sneezing, coughing, body aches, severely decreased energy, and diminished taste and smell resulting from a sick sinus system. Once again, pretty much just like COVID for most healthy people who aren’t at risk of severe illness.
If too many people get sick with any one of the many other viral or bacterial illnesses that are constantly circulating in the human population, it might make people realize that other illnesses besides COVID still exist. Not every sneeze, cough, or body ache is COVID. Not every person who blows their nose is a potential super spreader of a deadly virus that kills anyone who isn’t attending a prominent Democrat politician’s funeral or a BLM/ANTIFA riot.
Not only that, their perpetual negative tests might cast doubt on the reliability of the tests that have already been proven to be unreliable. Imagine that. It might make people ask questions about ability of the tests to differentiate between various viruses, and then they might find out the truth about the unreliability of the tests that are so heavily relied upon.
On the flip side, I can’t help but acknowledge one tragic fact. It actually crossed my mind that perhaps these people who are testing negative identified themselves as vaccinated when they got their tests. And just maybe, the tests were then automatically labeled as “negative” because a “positive” test result would become another “breakthrough infection” statistic, which reflects unfavorably on the vaccines and undermines the overall narrative shaping the COVID response in various first world countries.
That’s how little faith I have in the whole system now.