As time goes by, I’m growing increasingly convinced that the constant waves of SARS-COV-2 infections are damaging people’s brains. This is not the conclusion I would like to reach, but it’s somewhat hard to avoid, considering the available evidence. People’s brains seem to be aging prematurely. How you notice this, is in the same way as how you tend to notice it once elderly people start to develop dementia. They’re quite capable of doing the sort of things they’re used to doing, but when they’re faced with a new situation they struggle to adjust to it.
What I notice is that people in recent years don’t really seem to be adjusting their worldview to new information anymore, they increasingly react on new information based on existing information they already had. You notice it for example in political tribalism. Europe today faces the worst drought we’ve faced in 500 years, but you won’t really see anyone change his mind in regards to climate change. They’re stuck in whatever they already believed and they’re not capable of overcoming the cognitive hurdles they entrenched themselves in.
You see it in other problems too. There’s a company named Tesla, the sixth most valuable company on the planet. It has stagnating revenue, car sales are plunging in Europe, the cars burn down, the autopilot crashes them into trees, pedestrians and oncoming traffic, it’s facing a declining market share as competitors start selling electric cars, but the stock market doesn’t really seem to care, nor does the SEC care that its CEO is once again manipulating the stock market by claiming he will buy a publicly traded soccer club. People made their minds up about this company and its CEO long ago, new information doesn’t lead them to update their beliefs.
And then there’s the monkeypox situation. When monkeypox broke out in 2003, it was treated as an emergency and human to human spread was prevented. We’re now faced however, with a CDC that has simply resigned itself to the ongoing uncontrolled spread of this virus.
The general public too doesn’t really seem to care. I remember how during the swine flu outbreak, Alex Jones was on the radio, saying he was going to buy a Hazmat suit. Even with Ebola, Trump was panicking and saying the whole country needed to implement travel restrictions:
But now that we have a new plague spreading across the United States, smallpox version 0.1 alpha, the far right consensus consists of making petty jokes about “moneypox” and how gay men must be raping children and dogs who got infected. People are responding, based on how they responded to COVID. The nervous system is no longer evaluating new situations independently, it tries to fit them into its pre-existing cognitive architecture.
For wokies that means pretending monkeypox is a nothingburger, as the main priority is not being accused of homophobia and monkeypox not being a nothingburger would cause homophobia. You see no serious attempt at preventing this from spreading, the system has effectively resigned itself to its uncontrolled spread. For angry white males it also means pretending that monkeypox is a nothingburger, as they settled on COVID being a nothingburger and they’re taking that same cognitive architecture and now cramming monkeypox into it.
People seem no longer able to change their minds, to deal with subtle nuances, or to think ahead in regards to how situations can be expected to change. They’re just stuck, doing what they were already doing. That’s the sort of thing you tend to see before someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
This is some of the evidence we have:
-Blood markers of brain damage are higher after COVID than in those who have Alzheimer’s.
-Blood vessels in the brains of long COVID patients are filled with microclots.
If you have all sorts of different lines of evidence pointing in the direction of this virus causing brain damage, then who am I to suggest it must all be wrong? And when you consider that basically everyone is constantly getting reinfected in the Omicron era, it’s not looking good.
I should note the long COVID syndrome doesn’t seem fundamentally very different from what people experience after influenza infection, as shown in the study saying there’s a 250% increased Alzheimer’s incidence. What’s mainly different, is how people throughout our population are now constantly getting reinfected with SARS-COV-2, whereas influenza infections are much less common. During the swine flu pandemic, only an estimated 11% of people above 65 actually got the virus.
Compare this to how often people get COVID. Here’s the most recent update of anti-Nucleocapsid antibodies I could find for UK blood donors:
With the rise of Omicron, we jumped from about 25% of the population, to 70% with anti-N antibodies. There’s now ongoing constant mass infection, with people getting hit by variant after variant. If you get hit by influenza, your brain has time to recover, but how much time do our brains have to recover from these constant Omicron infections?
Even compared to just a year ago, people are looking very stupid to me, incapable of developing responses to novel situations, trying to cram everything they observe into one of their pre-existing neural pathways. It’s like the crystallized intelligence is still there, but the fluid intelligence has dropped dramatically. They can still sound smart, because their brains remember the words they learned, but they can’t deal with new situations.
Returning to monkeypox for a moment: We just had a pandemic where everything that could go wrong went wrong. We then had all these exercises to deal with monkeypox, not because Bill Gates and Klaus Schwab are trying to make your life miserable, but because we’ve seen cases of human to human transmission increase in Africa for years and knew that this was a prime contender to become the next pandemic.
Then the disaster we had anticipated struck, this virus started showing up in gay men across Europe, yet we still failed to contain it. This was not a black swan, this was a white swan. How do you wish to explain that? How could they fail this badly? It really suggests to me we’re becoming very stupid.
If we are suffering a global cognitive decline, the question becomes how long this will last and what the long term repercussions will be. It’s obviously not looking very good, but there’s one aspect that works in our favor: Alzheimer’s disease isn’t just a product of accumulating damage. It’s also a product of a decline in the body’s ability to repair itself. If we accept that we’ve accumulated damage from constant SARS-COV-2 infections, that doesn’t necessarily imply that we’ve also suffered a decline in our body’s ability to repair our brains. In other words, it’s possible we’ll make a recovery if we eventually stop seeing constant waves of mass infection.
In the next few days, I plan on making a post where I outline some of the things I think people should be doing to overcome this constantly recurring assault on our bodies.