For much of the Covid-19 debate, I have maintained that the scientific community would eventually identify what specific biological mechanisms were exploited by the Covid-19 virus, and it would not be any of the generic factors people on both the far-left and the far-right are talking about.
If you talk to people on the far-left, you will hear about how “we just don’t know” who Covid will take down next, it’s a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” and everyone needs strap three masks to their face forever. You cannot reason with them that the vaccine did nothing to stop the spread of the illness and places with enduring mask mandates experienced some of the worst outbreaks in the country. You can tell them about the fully vaccinated people that you personally know who ended up in the ICU and even died, they don’t care. Their trusted politicians told them what to think and they will smugly parrot it until the end of time, or at least until some fresh manufactured Armageddon consumes their mental space.
If you talk to people on the far-right – people who regard themselves as wise contrarians – they think Covid is purely about obesity, and you are invincible if you avoid McDonald’s, lift weights with the other Pepe the Frog bros, and get your Vitamin D. Of course, the far-right only thinks this because their sense of the world doesn’t reach beyond whatever town they live in. Places with extraordinarily healthy lifestyles like Israel and Japan have had problems with Covid outbreaks that are just as serious as anything that has happened in the United States. If you are surrounded by fat people, it is going to seem like Covid only affects fat people. But that is not a mathematically sound observation. Again, this is a population you cannot reason with.
The far-left found a scapegoat in the unvaccinated. The far-right found a scapegoat in lifestyle blog garbage. For both, these claims offer a simple litmus test that confirms they are better or smarter than everyone around them, which they (laughably) are not. They are both functioning at the intellectual level of a second grader. They both live in insular worlds and will cut off anyone who offers sanity in response to their delusions. If you police your relationships hard enough, you will never have to hear you are wrong.
If you start with the assumption that Covid was manufactured in a lab, either as a bioweapon (which seems unlikely, except in some abstract way, like a psyop or weapon of mass economic destruction) or deranged scientific curiosity, however, you can by-pass these idiotic arguments rather quickly.
If Covid was genetically engineered, then there must be some identifiable genetic sequences that this virus was designed to exploit. This will make Covid seem random to most of the population, which does not have the luxury of peering into someone’s genetic makeup. But it won’t be random. If you can locate those, you can anticipate what specific groups will experience severe symptoms and tailor their treatments to their specific vulnerabilities. If you wanted to, you could offer these folks a genetic test not unlike women get for breast cancer.
There were some clues early on that this was what was happening. You look at some of the most at-risk folks, and you will see people with a history of asthma (which has many causes, most of which have absolutely nothing to do with lifestyle choices) and the Black community in the United States, which has a strong prevalence of sickle cell disease. Of course, you cannot mention anything that even tangentially involves race these days without being canceled. It’s a decent recipe for permadoom, that the one topic you are not allowed to mention holds the key to how the problem might be solved.
Anyway, the British have finally done it. According to this morning’s Financial Times:
Researchers pinpointed 16 genes that predisposed patients to critical illness as part of the world’s largest study into the genetics of the disease, which was led by scientists from the University of Edinburgh and Genomics England. They also confirmed seven other genes associated with severe Covid that had been identified by earlier research.
The genes found by the researchers are linked to the immune system’s ability to recognize foreign pathogens, alongside the biological mechanism involved in blood clotting and lung inflammation – some of the hallmarks of severe Covid.
This explains why some people get severe Covid and some people experience zero symptoms at all. You either have the genetic predispositions Covid exploits or you don’t. (The UK leads the world in genomic sequencing due to the fact that the UK government has made substantial investments in the field over the past decade.)
This means existing drugs used to treat illnesses such as asthma and COPD, which already target some of the 16 genes identified, can be promoted for clinical trials. Why weren’t we doing this earlier? People found joy in turning this into a political issue and judging others instead.
I know I sound like a broken record on this, but Americans really need to get a grip on how much they allow these culture wars to be the lens through which they look at literally everything under the sun. Both sides have moved into some alternate reality where they cling to beliefs that are objectively false and would not survive even minimum scrutiny. And it’s not about what your kids are taught about slavery or the Founding Fathers. It’s down to what you think about super basic pathogens in your environment.
If every little thing around you can be converted into a vehicle of hate and scapegoating, consider the possibility that 100% of what you are reading is propaganda produced to weaken our country and you are playing a role in that, regardless of how loudly you scream about your patriotism and putting America First. This bullshit needs to end. It’s making our country lethally stupid.