Once you recognize the signs you start noticing it everywhere.
-The victim looks and acts drunk. This is the big giveaway. It’s typically especially bad early in the morning.
-Difficulty forming complete sentences. “I am a fan of Vladimir Putin. I think he is-he is our -he is the dark knight – he is the hero… we… we need.”
-He looks confused. He used to be a dandy who took really good care of his appearance, but you can tell he no longer does. His hair is a mess, he’s starting to look like a sleep deprived schizophrenic.
-A victim’s worldview turns into a kind of parody of the victim’s prior worldview. Everything new that happens has to be interpreted through a pre-existing cognitive framework that is in decay. He starts sounding like a parody of a low status white male.
He still does what he has done for years, which is to try to manifest a kind of consensus worldview of low status white males, but he has now become very bad at it. In the past it would mean pretending there are still enough fossil fuels, that climate change is a hoax, that fake Internet money ponzi schemes are going to make every low status white male rich, etc. Now he has lost all capacity for discrimination or subtlety, so now he just parrots the dumbest possible stuff he gets on his Twitter feed. He always had a high IQ, so although his cognitive capacity is eroding he can still function in society, but he can no longer say anything remotely intelligent.
Of course the low status white males who elected him face the same problem as Thierry himself. Their brains are also being damaged by their own immune system, so they also slowly become insane. Whereas first they might say that the war is stupid and the West should not get involved, now they venerate Putin. Whereas first they thought their particular fake money Ponzi scheme would make them millionaires, now they think these schemes will make them billionaires. Whereas first they were on the keto diet and would occasionally eat some broccoli or other vegetables, now they just eat nothing but beef and lard. Whereas first they thought global warming is caused by the sun, now they think we’re causing it but it’s actually good. Whereas first they thought the world is ruled by satan worshipping pedophiles, now they think the world is ruled by reptiles that drink children’s blood. You get my point.
If you wonder why everything is going to shit right now, why we’re stuck in this stupid war with Russia, why the global economy is collapsing, why every business is desperately trying to hire new employees, this is why. Cognitive capacity is being lost around the world. Upon being infected you start suffering brain inflammation which lasts for months, your own brain becomes collateral damage in the attempt to fight off this virus. Most of the decay happens long after your flu symptoms stop.
There can be recovery, the inflammation can decline once the immune system has gotten rid of all viral matter, which then allows the nervous system to repair itself, but I wouldn’t count on it if you’re constantly being reinfected, like most of the population in highly vaccinated Western nations is, as you can see here:
This is what we call vaccine failure: The lows keep getting higher. Will it ever revisit the September nadir? Probably not, as there are now numerous simultaneously circulating variants, affecting different tissues in the body, with ever higher ACE2 affinity, recalling poorly neutralizing antibodies.
Eventually even unvaccinated countries are probably going to get hit again, as immunity wanes, children grow up and the variants born in Western nations hit the developing world. The only way this mess can come to an end (if it ever will) is when the whole population has diversified immunity against Spike epitopes associated with virulence, which would then give a fitness advantage to more benign variants that don’t trigger an aggressive antibody response. The vaccines merely massively delayed that process.
There is stuff you can do to repair the damage. Psychedelics help reduce the inflammation, fibrinolytics reduce the fibrosis. But by the time someone is visibly dumber, there has already been a lot of damage, just as in Alzheimer’s, where you only notice the first symptoms of the disease once a lot of damage has already occurred. My advice is: Reduce inflammation, break down the fibrin that’s building up in your blood vessels and give your brain the tools it needs to repair itself. Otherwise you will end up losing your mind.