Apparently, social media is currently alight with a new hashtag, #HighRiskCOVID19 which is being used by people with “underlying medical conditions” who are at greatest risk, besides the elderly, of contracting and becoming dangerously ill with the disease. Some of these people, but not all, are autoimmune patients and others voluntarily taking immunity-decimating Big Pharma medications to “treat” their underlying diseases including cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and Crohn’s disease. The message is intended to convince “well” people to stay home in order to not risk spreading the virus throughout communities and ultimately to those who are already seriously or chronically ill.
Putting aside the fact that these drugs often don’t even work, work well, or work for long to treat the pain and symptoms of autoimmune disease, despite the lies Big Pharma propaganda spews everywhere — lies that sick people’s friends and family often believe instead of believing the testimonies and lived experience of the people they supposedly love — these so-called “biologic” and chemotherapy drugs are prescribed to autoimmune patients because they destroy the sick person’s immune system, thereby (theoretically) preventing it from attacking the sick person’s own tissues. Of course, destroying anyone’s natural immunity also makes them more susceptible to opportunistic infections and environmental pathogens like the common cold, flu and the novel Coronavirus or COVID19. Essentially, autoimmune patients taking immunity-decimating drugs have allowed doctors to give them AIDS and all the complications of full-blown untreated AIDS.
In contrast, actual HIV-positive people with full-blown AIDS (assuming they have access to health care) are aggressively treated with an immunity-bolstering protocol and many are able to avoid the hideous outcomes that were a death sentence for AIDS patients in the 80s including lethal fungal infections/thrush, pneumonia and cancer. But no one is bolstering autoimmune patients’ purposely fucked-up immune systems because that would defeat the point of letting doctors give them therapeutic AIDS to treat their AI. In fact, immunocompromised AI patients, unlike those with full-blown untreated AIDS due to HIV, are fully expected by everyone to just go back to their previous lives, including returning to full-time work, like they aren’t sick at all. Somehow having both AI and AIDS = healthy. Some of them may — or may not — be told to wash their hands and avoid sick people, which is impossible innit.
Many AI patients are not even given the benefit of informed consent and are not fully informed of the very real and expected consequences of destroying their natural immunity to environmental pathogens. Patients often aren’t even told how the medications they are taking are expected to work, or if they are “informed” they are too sick and cognitively impaired to even understand what they are hearing. In other words, they don’t know they are consenting to essentially contracting AIDS. If they do understand it, they may be too sick to even care.*
There is also the issue, isn’t there, of congenitally nonviable infants being handed over to Big Medicine to essentially animate them well enough to be lifelong victims and consumers of patriarchal Western medicine, where many if not all of these infants are immunocompromised and/or have reduced lung capacity and lifelong serious “preexisting medical problems” due to their congenital malformations or premature births. Before that, many Western women take prescription medications meant to prevent miscarriage, when miscarriage has historically (and prehistorically surely) prevented nonviable and congenitally malformed fetuses from being born at all. Get it? Good. Enter the novel Coronavirus.
Now, I am not going to repeat everything I have already said about immunity-decimating drugs and what they do to people who take them, and I’m not going to retread the ground I have already covered on nonviable infants. But I will repeat, because I think it bears repeating, that natural law applies on this planet in every situation and circumstance, and what I mean by natural law is cause and effect. There are natural, foreseeable consequences to anyone’s action and inaction that cannot be avoided, and these are in addition to any possible or probable consequences that are culturally-constructed.
And so-called “shame” is a male invention that is meant to obscure the reality, inevitability and primacy of natural law over male-made law and has nothing to do with anything in any real sense of altering material reality including affecting foreseeable outcomes. This is important.
I will not and need not “shame” anyone for taking dangerous medications to treat hideous diseases like Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis, which have notoriously poor prognoses and outcomes with or without treatment, but I will call attention to the foreseeable natural outcomes that follow. I will not “shame” mothers who hand over their nonviable infants for reanimation and a lifetime of complications and medical torture, but I will look at them askance when they blame everyone except themselves and Big Medicine for the situation in which they now find themselves — as mothers of exceptionally vulnerable children in the context of a capitalist patriarchy that is literally built on the backs of the vulnerable, you guys. That’s what it does. If anyone thought it was a good idea to agree to accept 100% responsibility and little to no control over the life of a nonviable infant, I don’t know what to tell them.**
In fact, no one need tell deliberately immunocompromised sick people or mothers of nonviable infants what they are finding out for themselves right now: that infants, children and adults that have been compromised by Big Medicine are exceptionally vulnerable, they are in serious danger of increasing pain, disease and suffering as a result of patriarchal fiddling, and now that the damage has been done there’s not a fucking thing they can do about it. If you are immunocompromised for any reason, even if everyone stays home for the rest of their lives, and even if #HighRiskCOVID19 is what prompts them to do so, you still live on a planet swimming in natural and man-made pathogens to which you have high susceptibility and little or no immunity. And in the end, no one will bear the consequences of that except you, if you are the sick one, or the children whose mothers allowed this to happen, and that to happen, and the other damn thing after that. Cause and effect you guys. Cause and effect.
*Often autoimmune patients treating with biologics and chemo only begin to care later on, when the drugs prove ineffective to treat the pain and symptoms of their underlying disease and give them little or nothing but “side effects” like chronic nausea and GI symptoms, opportunistic infections, and drug-induced diabetes or lupus.
**High responsibility and low control are the objective markers of an unsatisfying career and are predictive of professional burnout. Clearly these criteria apply in other areas as well, for example, existing while female in any context under a capitalist patriarchy.