If you’re quarantined / self-isolated, or about to be, this is for you. Realism and knowledge are our only efficient defenses against a harsh reality. I hear a lot of people comforting each other by saying the quarantine and the current crisis will pass by summer because most pandemics last about three months. Or other reasons that simply don’t apply. Fake comfort always ends up hurting more than lack of comfort.
Here’s five main reasons why, just like on 9/11, we’re entering a new era, where the aftermath is much more horrific than the main event that ignited it.
- Life has no “Undo” button.
The best you can do is damage control. There is no hard disk from which a skilled professional can recover our lost (life)time and opportunities
2. The quarantine may pass, but some viruses can’t be eradicated.
Because most infections are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic, which makes it close to impossible to have anything better than decent guesses over their spread. Same applies to polio, despite the fake official narrative.
The threat, whether real or fake, will be permanent. Which comes very handy to any elite clique that wants to weaponize fear for personal gain and population control. H1N1 and SARS didn’t go anywhere either, they’re just “under control”. For now. As history has taught us, once the precedent is created, who ever has access to population control tools only expands their use.
The quarantine will only take breaks until it does its job and the job is permanent: ushering in elite agendas.
U.S. government, tech industry discussing ways to use smartphone location data to combat viruses, reports Washington Post.
Morocco to limit free speech on Internet because some people spread panic by saying there’s no reason to panic, then sends the population into home-detention, reports Reuters.
Any time someone powerful wants to reboot a human farm, to shock the system or experiment on it, it just has to hire the government and the media to cry “emergency!”. And now anything can be exaggerated into an emergency, even if we already have the experience of dealing with it without this type of emergency state.
“As long as someone in the world has the virus, breakouts can and will keep recurring without stringent controls to contain them”, writes Technology Review.
In a report (pdf), researchers at Imperial College London proposed a way of doing this: impose more extreme social distancing measures every time admissions to intensive care units (ICUs) start to spike, and relax them each time admissions fall. Here’s how that looks in a graph.
3. The disruption is already so wide and pervasive, from supply chains to healthy habits, that it will send ripple effects for ages. And it’s just started.
It’s not just money or properties that’s lost every quarantine day. It’s everything, from personal trust to professional reliability, to life and production cycles.
There’s already a gigantic number of people dying or suffering for bare economic reasons that prevent them from having access to the needed health care. Their numbers have just been turbo-boosted. Many of them run against the clock and will be lost before “this passes”. They will leave holes behind for which there is no economic recovery.
The harm is done and little is done to limit it, a $1000 bribe from politicians is just weed money for the new class of clinically depressed.
Human suffering doesn’t just come in the form of illness. It also comes in the form of people losing their homes and being left unable to pay their bills. Coronavirus will bankrupt more people than it kills — and that’s the real global emergency. We may look back on coronavirus as the moment when the threads that hold the global economy together came unstuckThe Independent
4. To many, this is already irreparable psychological trauma. Physical health trauma likely too
You can already watch quarantined youtubers crashing in their dorms in front of the cameras after only a few days of isolation. We evolved to be protected by the group, few people have the mental discipline that maintains peace in isolation, for most it’s sheer fear and psychological torture, especially since the end of this road is very foggy, if any at all.
A large mass of people will never again function as well as before, if any at all. You will witness Quarantine PTSD in 3,2…
Read more on this here.
“In New York City, a desperate coronavirus-stricken Bronx man tried to commit suicide-by-cop after calling 911 on himself, according to cops.Health officials in other areas, including Portland, Oregon, saw the number of suicide-related 911 calls soar after the city’s coronavirus “state of emergency” declaration, with self-harm calls spiking 41 percent.
5. There’s too much money and power to be gained from this and there’s almost no resistance.
The number of methods to monetise a crisis like this is way higher than CrownVirus’ body count will ever be. If you are among the very few in position to profit from it, of course. Read more on this here.
Meanwhile, the average Joe is too intimidated by the sonority of empty buzzwords such as “public health”. While they care about the public in our minds, outside our heads we have a growing number of individuals that suffer uselessly, and it’s not because a virus, it’s because of their peers and often because of themselves. They’ve been sold the image of a mighty government and science community, they often bought it at face value, and they ended up home-detained and broke.
We’re not going back to normal. Social distancing is here to stay for much more than a few weeks. It will upend our way of life, in some ways forever.Technology Review, Mar 17, 2020
“To stop coronavirus we will need to radically change almost everything we do: how we work, exercise, socialize, shop, manage our health, educate our kids, take care of family members. We all want things to go back to normal quickly. But what most of us have probably not yet realized—yet will soon—is that things won’t go back to normal after a few weeks, or even a few months. Some things never will.” – Gideon Lichfield, Technology Review.
Update: It didn’t take long for BBC to confirm my most pessimistic expectations:
“Social distancing may be needed for ‘most of year” is one of their latest headlines.
Is quarantine life sweeter than the red pill?
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