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‘Hubris’ is an ancient Greek term for pride and ego supplanting common sense. Covid-19 denier Donald J. Trump is a classic example.

He and wife Melania are now isolated, suffering from what are described as ‘mild symptoms’ of the Covid-19 virus. At 73 years old and 60 lbs. overweight, Trump’s Covid symptoms may be serious rather than minor. What’s more, the Covid virus often scars the body, causing long-term damage to the lungs, heart, eyes and brain.

‘Hubris’ means scorning the dangers of Covid and trying to blame it all on China, refusing to wear a mask or sanitize hands, and encouraging one’s not so bright followers to congregate and ignore the deadly virus. No need to create a panic that would dampen the pumped-up stock market, a key Trump main claim to success.

Now, one wonders what Trump’s religious followers will say about this turn of events. In certain rural circles, Trump is venerated as a demi-saint or the reincarnation of Biblical Queen Esther of Israel, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, an ardent fundamentalist and aspirant to future Republican Party leadership.

One big reason that Trump kept telling his devotees not to wear protective masks was that Jesus would protect them from the plague. ‘Real men and women don’t need to wear masks. That’s for lefty Democrat sissies.’

Trump assured his minions there was no danger in congregating. Nor in not wearing masks and drinking beer with the boys. Doing so became a badge of Republican machismo. Similar beliefs were held in Congo where I saw stone-age Simba warriors bedecked with ju-ju amulets that allegedly protected the wearers from the white-man’s bullets. They did not.

The realization that other Republican Party bigwigs became infected with Covid at a White House garden party is either comical or just plain dumb. Trump apparently knew he was getting ill yet still circuited among his garden party guests.

Who else one wonders will be the next to come down with the virus that Trump calls ‘the China flu.’ One might better call it the Make America Great again flu. Such hubris, recklessness and irresponsibility are staggering.

Watching Trump ‘debate’ Joe Biden last week made me deeply worried about his health, both physical and mental. He was behaving like what the French call an `enrage´.

But showman Trump just managed the feat of making the growing scandal over this tiny federal tax payments and his untruths about his net worth simply vanish. All eyes are fixed on Walter Reed Hospital – where I was sent while in the Army- and will be on his triumphant home coming scheduled shortly.

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Trump is now blustering that Covid, which has killed over 210,000 Americans alone – is inconsequential and not to be feared. His drive-by appearance in front of the hospital was designed to lift the spirits of his followers. Among them, an unmasked jamboree of his evangelical followers just outside the White House and Walter Reed Hospital as more of Trump’s staff come down with the virus.

I’ve taken some of the drugs that Trump is being given while covering bush wars in Africa. The steroids alone make you irrational and paranoid. The man with his finger on the nuclear button is now full of them.

 
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  1. Margolis has written some decent stuff in the past, but this TDS has eaten away his brain.

    In certain rural circles, Trump is venerated as a demi-saint or the reincarnation of Biblical Queen Esther of Israel, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

    Pompeo might have said it. But after 40 years of involvement with rural Christians, most of them consider all born again Christians to be Saints and none of them believe in any form of reincarnation.

    One big reason that Trump kept telling his devotees not to wear protective masks was that Jesus would protect them from the plague. ‘Real men and women don’t need to wear masks. That’s for lefty Democrat sissies.’

    A claim is made, yet the supporting “evidence” in no way refers to the claim.

    ‘the China flu.’

    That is what this flu is. A shame he didn’t close our borders to all international travel on Jan 1. Or at the very least required all international travelers to quarantine themselves, at their own expense, for 30 days.

    But showman Trump just managed the feat of making the growing scandal over this tiny federal tax payments and his untruths about his net worth simply vanish

    Following the tax law as written by Joe Biden is a scandal? Trump’s net worth is not something I lose sleep over.

    Yes, Eric we get it. You hate Trump and you hate rural American Christians. Go back to writing about Central Asia.

  2. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:

    I remember being told back in the spring that everyone needed to wipe down doorknobs, as the virus could live there for days, if not weeks. I haven’t seen the operator of any public establishment do so for months.

    With that in mind, has this

    What’s more, the Covid virus often scars the body, causing long-term damage to the lungs, heart, eyes and brain.

    been substantiated at this point? How so?

    Beyond his lack of expertise, the author seems too worked up about Mr. Trump to be a credible source.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  3. ‘the China flu.’

    That is what this flu is.

    No it isn’t; it’s COVID-19.

    A shame he didn’t close our borders to all international travel on Jan 1. Or at the very least required all international travelers to quarantine themselves, at their own expense, for 30 days.

    Team orange clown couldn’t do that because the virus was apparently already spreading in the U.S. and they no doubt wanted to hide that fact so they had to accept potentially infected travelers to create plausible deniability.

  4. Chris Moore says: • Website
    @Chris Mallory

    It’s a common Jewish tactic to write narratives that comport with the international Zionist/Jewish supermacist ideological agenda rather than serious analysis, or rather, masquerading as serious analysis. Additionally, ((Eric Margolis)) can’t help but to get in Jewish cheap shots against Christians. After all, Christianity has historically been one of the foremost enemies of his race-gang and their totalitarian “vision” for riches and tyranny. Even middling Jews like Margolis can be activated and put to use for the tribe. The Zionist rabbis know exactly what buttons to push, how to wind them up, and then sick ’em to yap, yap, yap…

  5. @anonymous

    With that in mind, has this

    What’s more, the Covid virus often scars the body, causing long-term damage to the lungs, heart, eyes and brain.

    been substantiated at this point? How so?

    ‘The lung scans were the first sign of trouble. In the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, clinical radiologist Ali Gholamrezanezhad began to notice that some people who had cleared their COVID-19 infection still had distinct signs of damage. “Unfortunately, sometimes the scar never goes away,” he says.

    Gholamrezanezhad, at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and his team started tracking patients in January using computed tomography (CT) scanning to study their lungs. They followed up on 33 of them more than a month later, and their as-yet-unpublished data suggest that more than one-third had tissue death that has led to visible scars. The team plans to follow the group for several years.”

    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02598-6

    From Mayo Clinic:

    Organ damage caused by COVID-19

    Organs that may be affected by COVID-19 include:

    Heart. Imaging tests taken months after recovery from COVID-19 have shown lasting damage to the heart muscle, even in people who experienced only mild COVID-19 symptoms. This may increase the risk of heart failure or other heart complications in the future.

    Lungs. The type of pneumonia often associated with COVID-19 can cause long-standing damage to the tiny air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs. The resulting scar tissue can lead to long-term breathing problems.

    Brain. Even in young people, COVID-19 can cause strokes, seizures and Guillain-Barre syndrome — a condition that causes temporary paralysis. COVID-19 may also increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

    https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-long-term-effects/art-20490351

    Beyond his lack of expertise…

    Well he seems to have a better understanding of COVID-19 than you do.

    the author seems too worked up about Mr. Trump to be a credible source.

    Apparently there are many people all over the world who would disagree with you.

    “Since Donald Trump took office as president, the image of the United States has suffered across many regions of the globe. As a new 13-nation Pew Research Center survey illustrates, America’s reputation has declined further over the past year among many key allies and partners. In several countries, the share of the public with a favorable view of the U.S. is as low as it has been at any point since the Center began polling on this topic nearly two decades ago.”

    https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2020/09/15/us-image-plummets-internationally-as-most-say-country-has-handled-coronavirus-badly/

    “An ABC News-Ipsos poll determined that 65 percent of respondents said they disapprove of the president’s management of the COVID-19 crisis almost eight months after the first coronavirus case was confirmed in Washington state.”

    https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/516180-almost-2-in-3-americans-disapprove-of-trumps-handling-of-pandemic

    World’s press paints America as a global laughing stock and slams the ‘shameful’ presidential debate as a ‘national humiliation’

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8790975/Worlds-press-paints-America-laughing-stock-shameful-presidential-debate.html

    • Troll: Chris Mallory
    • Replies: @anonymous
  6. @Chris Mallory

    Ya have to understand Chris, Margolis is NE US-to-Switzerland educated. His signature statement was to push the notion that Obama’s election liberated the United States from the Republicans. While I despise Republicans for McCain and Romney (BOTH of them champions of the Democrat causes over their many years), their treatment of Trump from the start was reprehensible. They were all snuggly with Hillary and her people cementing their place in Washington and then Trump won and foiled their plans. Now they’re being dragged along kicking and screaming. All THAT having been said, Obama not only didn’t liberate us, he doubled down on lots of things including college loans and banking reform, which Hillary had no small say on. Kids should be rioting over Hillary’s College loan reform back in 2009 and 10 as part of Obama Care instead of all this black lives matter crap. Margolis completely skips over all those tidbits and peccadilloes of the Democrats back then. But he remembers that time fondly. Oh, and thank God we were liberated. The man is an ass hole top to bottom. I’d love for him to come tell me where I’m wrong in any of this. He never would. He can’t defend his positions, he can only post them. Just like the Israeli hustler/ writer Romanov, or Romanoff, who seems to have vanished. Good riddance.

    • Replies: @thotmonger
  7. Tick Tock says:
    @Chris Mallory

    I agree, the author used to be a rational sensible human being. Now he is a moron. He should have retired long ago when he was on top of his game. Now he demonstrates that he is a loser and may have been a loser all his life. Just lucky but dumb nonetheless. Forest Gump in Spades.

  8. COVID Context, Part I

    [MORE]

    Some context and data to calm the hysteria, and frustrate the gaslighters like Mr. Margolis, here.

    COVID case and fatality rates worldwide, this year to date:

    https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

    35,109,317 confirmed COVID cases
    1,035,341 confirmed COVID deaths

    96% of COVID deaths are with co-morbidities.
    80% of COVID deaths are above the age of 65.

    The data on the average age of death due to COVID is (made deliberately?) unclear, but it seems that it is about, or slightly above the average age of life expectancy.

    Full demographic context on COVID-19 mortality in the U.S. to date:

    https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid_weekly/index.htm

    https://data.cdc.gov/NCHS/Provisional-COVID-19-Death-Counts-by-Sex-Age-and-S/9bhg-hcku

    Putting this in some much needed wider perspective, these are estimates of fatality rates worldwide due to other causes, this year to date:

    https://www.worldometers.info

    Note, many of these causes of death overlap – meaning many people die of more than one cause, with”co-morbidities.”

    42,153,172 HIV/AIDS infected people
    1,284,708 deaths caused by HIV/AIDS this year

    373,581 seasonal flu deaths this year
    9,920,933 communicable disease deaths this year

    [MORE]

    749,614 deaths caused by malaria this year

    819,513 suicides this year
    1,031,623 road traffic accident fatalities this year
    5,808,904 deaths of children under 5 this year

    236,213 deaths of mothers during birth this year
    32,522,791 abortions this year

    6,276,509 deaths caused by cancer this year
    3,820,379 deaths caused by smoking related illness this year
    1,911,395 deaths caused by alcohol abuse this year

    Total U.S. deaths during recent influenza seasons:

    2010–2011 37,000
    2011–2012 12,000
    2012–2013 43,000
    2013–2014 38,000
    2014–2015 51,000
    2015–2016 23,000
    2016–2017 38,000
    2017–2018* 61,000
    2018–2019* 34,000

    *2017–2018 and 2018–2019 are preliminary estimates.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_influenza_statistics_by_flu_season

    Another contextualization, point of recent historic reference:

    https://ourworldindata.org/causes-of-death

    56 million people died worldwide in 2017:

    Cardiovascular diseases 17.79 million
    Cancers 9.56 million
    Respiratory diseases 3.91 million
    Lower respiratory infections 2.56 million
    Dementia 2.51 million
    Digestive diseases 2.38 million
    Neonatal disorders 1.78 million
    Diarrheal diseases 1.57 million
    Diabetes 1.37 million
    Liver diseases 1.32 million
    Road injuries 1.24 million
    Kidney disease 1.23 million
    Tuberculosis 1.18 million
    HIV/AIDS 954,492
    Suicide 793,823
    Malaria 619,827
    Homicide 405,346
    Parkinson disease 340,639
    Drowning 295,210
    Meningitis 288,021
    Nutritional deficiencies 269,997
    Protein-energy malnutrition 231,771
    Maternal disorders 193,639
    Alcohol use disorders 184,93
    Drug use disorders 166,613
    War/Conflict 129,720
    Hepatitis 126,391
    Fire 120,632
    Poisonings 72,371
    Exposure (heat & cold) 53,350
    Terrorism 26,445
    Natural disasters 9,600

    • Agree: Kali
  9. That’s funny, because I can’t think of a more extreme example of hubris than the Dominionist delusion that your stupid, corrupt, malign governments, media and other institutions can do anything whatsoever to prevent a virus already long at large in the environment from completing its natural cycle, however mild or severe this turns out to be. (All the evidence so far says this is objectively a mild epidemic.)

    The only possible end point is the attainment of herd immunity, and any lockdown measures can only drag out this inevitable while adding so many ancillary evils. But then these social and economic evils always were the real purpose of the terror-lockdown campaign. We know perfectly well these governments and media care zero about public health. It requires extreme hubristic delusion to religiously believe otherwise.

    It’s your lockdowns and propaganda campaigns that comprise the height of hubristic arrogance, presumption and sinful pride.

  10. COVID Context, Part II

    [MORE]

    As of September 17, 2020, the U.S. total reported deaths from COVID 19 were roughly 196,000.

    ~ 196,000 / ~ 330,000,000 = ~ 60 deaths per 100,000 people.

    Roughly 2.7- 3 million people die every year in the U.S.

    ~3,000,000 / ~ 330,000,000 = ~ 880 per 100,000 people.

    Roughly 56 to 60 million people die worldwide each year. The world’s population is roughly 7.8 billion.

    ~ 60,000,000 / ~ 7,800,000,000 = ~ 780 deaths per 100k.

    About 1 million people worldwide are estimated to have died of COVID-19 this year to date.

    ~ 1,000,000 / 7,800,000,00 = ~ 12 deaths per 100k.

    cf. https://ourworldindata.org/causes-of-death

    —–

    Historical Context, Viral Pandemics of the 20th Century

    Source, fatality rates: https://weather.com/health/…

    Source, demographic data: http://www.demographia.com/…

    The Spanish Flu Pandemic, 2018-2019
    The U.S. had roughly 675,000 deaths total. U.S. population in 1918 was ~ 103,000,000.

    ~ 675,000 / ~ 103,000,000 = ~ 655 deaths per 100,000.

    It is estimated to have killed at least 50 million worldwide.

    cf. https://en.wikipedia.org/wi…

    [MORE]

    *Note that 1918 was the only year in the past 120 years that the population of the U.S. contracted. During WW I (U.S. troops were only in combat from March 1st to November 11th of 1918) 55,000 U.S. troops were killed in battle, and most of those 675,000 people died of the flu during 1918, thus the total population decreased by 60,000 people.

    The Asian Flu Pandemic,1957-1958

    ~ 116,000 people died of influenza out of a population of ~ 171,000,000.

    ~ 116,000 / ~ 171,000,000 = ~ 68 deaths per 100,000.

    It killed at least a million people worldwide.

    cf. https://en.wikipedia.org/wi…

    The Hong Kong Flu Pandemic, 1968-1969

    ~100,000 people died of influenza out of a population of ~ 200,000,000.

    ~ 100,000 / ~ 200,000,000 = ~ 50 deaths per 100,000.

    It killed an estimated one to four million people globally.

    cf. https://en.wikipedia.org/wi…

    COIVID National Context, deaths per 100,000 by state, as of September 16, 2020:

    Source: https://www.statista.com/st…

    New Jersey is first, with 181 per 100k
    New York is 2nd at 170 per 100k
    Massachusetts is 3rd with 134 per 100k
    Connecticut is 4th with 120 per 100.
    Florida is 16th with 60 per 100k. Exactly the National average.
    Virginia is 27th with 33 per 100k
    New Hampshire is 28th with 32 per 100k
    Maine is 47th with 10 per 100k
    Alaska is last with 4 per 100k

  11. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @Harold Smith

    Thanks for providing a source, which Mr. Margolis neglected to do.

    But the first and last paragraphs of the August 18 Mayo Clinic report

    Most people who have coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) recover completely within a few weeks. But some people — even those who had mild versions of the disease — continue to experience symptoms after their initial recovery.

    ***

    Much is still unknown about how COVID-19 will affect people over time. However, researchers recommend that doctors closely monitor people who have had COVID-19 to see how their organs are functioning after recovery.

    It’s important to remember that most people who have COVID-19 recover quickly. But the potentially long-lasting problems from COVID-19 make it even more important to reduce the spread of the disease by following precautions such as wearing masks, avoiding crowds and keeping hands clean.

    don’t begin to support this columnist’s assertion

    What’s more, the Covid virus often scars the body, causing long-term damage to the lungs, heart, eyes and brain.

    that I questioned. In fact, a fair reading of the Clinic’s publication confirms that what Mr. Margolis wrote is histrionic and misleading.

    And if you believe that I’m a Trump supporter, you’re wrong about that, too. (You seem more than a little TDS yourself.) What you or anyone else thinks of him is beside my point.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  12. “The steroids alone make you irrational and paranoid. The man with his finger on the nuclear button is now full of them.”
    An alarming thought, that does not give much reassurance. But then there is very little reason to be reassured about anything. The pattern of history and currents geopolitical events – starting before the present administration – has us on course for another world war.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

  13. Down in the Congo we spat at the very mention of Republican machismo! “I saw stone-age Simba warriors bedecked with ju-ju amulets that allegedly protected the wearers from the white-man’s bullets. They did not.”

    And where’s the evidence that ju-ju flu muzzles are any more effective, even if they are blessed by government shamans like Dr. Falsie and Governor Gruesome? Luckily, this China flu isn’t nearly as deadly as the ridiculous early models predicted, and even us RURAL folks who can understand statistics are slowly coming to realize this.

    While certain ever so primitive RURAL peoples might call it the China flu, I actually prefer the descriptive scientific term Cower19.

  14. A123 says:

    It is only “hubris” if one loses…

    Trump’s win looked like this:
     

     
    The WUHAN-19 virus never had a chance.

    PEACE 😇

  15. @anonymous

    Thanks for providing a source, which Mr. Margolis neglected to do.

    Considering the number of articles readily available on the subject of long-term sequelae of COVID-19 (both in the popular press and the medical literature), he probably took it as a generally accepted fact. I would have to agree with him on that and I don’t think he can be faulted for it (especially in the context of an editorial piece).

    But the first and last paragraphs of the August 18 Mayo Clinic report don’t begin to support this columnist’s assertion that I questioned. In fact, a fair reading of the Clinic’s publication confirms that what Mr. Margolis wrote is histrionic and misleading.

    Well you have to consider the whole article, not pieces of it, but I don’t see how those two paragraphs (even when taken out of context) refute what Margolis said.

    He said:

    “What’s more, the Covid virus often scars the body, causing long-term damage to the lungs, heart, eyes and brain.”

    And since the abundant radiological and clinical evidence support this statement, he is not exaggerating; the statement is certainly not “histrionic and misleading.”

    • Agree: GreatSocialist
    • Replies: @A123
  16. A123 says:
    @Harold Smith

    “What’s more, the Covid virus often scars the body, causing long-term damage to the lungs, heart, eyes and brain.”

    And since the abundant radiological and clinical evidence support this statement, he is not exaggerating; the statement is certainly not “histrionic and misleading.”

    The consequences listed above are for those who were so severely ill a respirator was required. Odds are the damage has little or nothing to do with the virus. It is caused solely by the respirator.

    President Trump did not require a respirator.

    One of the symptoms of your Trump Derangement Syndrome [TDS] is irrationality. You have been proven histrionic and intentionally misleading. Please stop.

    PEACE 😇

    • Troll: Lace
    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  17. The Jew Gene in Margolis comes roaring out as he ages.

    Just like all other Tribalists.

    Get lost Margo.

  18. @A123

    The consequences listed above are for those who were so severely ill a respirator was required. Odds are the damage has little or nothing to do with the virus. It is caused solely by the respirator.

    To the extent your statement is relevant to what Margolis said in the first place, it’s not true; a quick google search proves you wrong. Many people who only had mild symptoms are showing signs of heart damage, lung damage and neurological problems.

    According to a recent study (JAMA Cardiology):

    “Conclusions and Relevance In this study of a cohort of German patients recently recovered from COVID-19 infection, CMR revealed cardiac involvement in 78 patients (78%) and ongoing myocardial inflammation in 60 patients (60%), independent of preexisting conditions, severity and overall course of the acute illness, and time from the original diagnosis. These findings indicate the need for ongoing investigation of the long-term cardiovascular consequences of COVID-19.”

    https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamacardiology/fullarticle/2768916

    In fact so many people are experiencing long-term effects of Covid-19 that Post Covid-19 Clinics are being set up to try to deal with the problem:

    Months after contracting the novel coronavirus, many patients suffer from problems that include difficulty breathing, heart issues, and memory loss. Now some hospitals have created specialized clinics to help patients deal with the aftermath.

    Until five months ago, Luis Santos was a security guard who spent much of his free time biking and bodybuilding. Then in March, the 35-year-old New York City resident contracted COVID-19 — on a crowded subway, he suspects. While Santos was never hospitalized for his illness, he has continued to suffer from a range of debilitating and sometimes frightening symptoms, including trouble breathing, joint pain, memory loss, and fatigue. He’s lost around 40 pounds. And he’s been to the emergency department more than 20 times.

    Desperate, Santos took to the internet, where he found the Center for Post-COVID Care, created by the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. Since June, a cadre of specialists — a neurologist, immunologist, physiologist, and more — has been working to restore his health. Among his main goals is getting back to New York’s parks and museums and being able to see family, who have avoided him for fear of becoming ill.

    https://www.aamc.org/news-insights/post-covid-19-clinics-help-survivors-recover

    One of the symptoms of your Trump Derangement Syndrome [TDS] is irrationality. You have been proven histrionic and intentionally misleading. Please stop.

    Coming from you, that’s a great complement. I’ll stop spreading truth when you stop spreading your pathetic statist propaganda.

    • Replies: @Rufus Clyde
  19. I find it impossible to read beyond the first 2 sentences of this deluded nonsense. Who cares what Trump weighs? Who cares what TDS crap you think about him or anyone?

    Why do imbeciles write stupid shit on Unz?

    Too bad they can’t be sued for blood libel. Maybe one day.

  20. Menes says:

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, an ardent fundamentalist and aspirant to future Republican Party leadership.

    “President Pompeo” does have a nice ring to it.

    If you like your Presidential candidates to be qualified for the job (unlike Trump), you couldn’t do much better than Pompeo: Congressman, Secretary of State, Director of CIA, 5 years military service as officer, worked at prominent D.C. law firm, successful businessman, graduated first in his class at West Point, went to Harvard Law School, served as church deacon, married to second wife for 20 years…..

    • Replies: @Apex Predator
  21. Nothing could be more sad and desperate than this dramatic shitshow being acted out by “Covid Donny”.

    1)He’s going back to the White House because he thinks the longer he stays hospitalized, the weaker he looks. It’s a vanity thing and also a PR image thing. He thinks it’ll hurt his re-election prospects if he looks weak.

    It’s hilarious that those afflicted with Trump Asslicking Syndrome(TAS) are bleating that their Chosen One has defeated Covid-19, and now because he contracted Covid, he is now an expert on Covid, the greatest expert in the world, but all he can do is infect more of his staff with Covid, and demand that everyone else share the Trump Virus with him.

    2)Also Covid Donny hates wearing a mask, and in WR, he has to wear a mask while in the White House he is the boss and nobody can tell him what to do.

    3)The typical course of the disease has many patients suffering another downturn after the initial infection period is “overcome”. Covid Donny is a long way from even partial recovery. His infection looks like a severe case. Without the medical care he has as POTUS, he would probably add to the 210,000 deaths stats.

    4)The experimental monoclonal antibody shot Trump took was made from the blood of recovered Chinese patients in Singapore. Trump has just been shot up with “CHYNA” BLOOD. This will make him 10% “CHYNESE”.

    5)I read somewhere that when Trump’s dad had dementia in his 70s, the family built him a fake office and gave him fake documents to sign so he could still think he was going to work. Trump seems to be going along this path.

    6)This shitshow has more drama than “Survivor” or “Apprentice” anytime.

  22. @Menes

    You forgot so deeply embedded in Israel’s ass that Netanyahu’s nickname for Mike is “the hemorrhoid”. Pompeo will be first in line to start a war with Iran with war doggy Bolton close behind. He would be more than happy spilling goyish blood for his Chosen people. 🙄

  23. Gordo says:

    What a poor article.

  24. @Jim Christian

    I guess he pines for bank boot licker Obummer and the Butcher of Libya, Hillary Clinton.

    Sure, he had his fact filled Harry bulldog ready to attack, but Margolis seems to be a shooter of dried peas. Two Minutes Detest, a variant of Orwell’s Two Minutes Hate. What is his solution, wear two coffee filters and set your snooze button for 1984?

    How many CV19 deaths did Neil Ferguson predict for USA this year, 2 million?
    What then has been the median age of the declared CV19 deaths in most countries, >80?
    Given their physical state what might have been their life expectancy w/o CV19, 6 months?

    RIP, may god have mercy on all their souls, but how does this death rate and age risk square with the political response that has plunged the world into a Global Depression that will drive billions of people into poverty? Is poverty no longer a health risk? And what is up with the mass censorship that has choked out even the voices of medical doctors and other health experts? Something else is going on.

    p.s. America’s standing in the world started to nose dive with Bush Jr. and the launch of endless wars clearly at the behest of War Inc. and that little group of selfish turds that run our mass media and make Congress applause like a bunch of hungry seals.

  25. haha says:

    That Covid-19, or more accurately the fear of it, definitely affects brains and minds is amply demonstrated here by the author (and some posters). There is lot of nonsense scattered in this article, mixed-in with some half-truths and some speculative truths. Let us start with the nonsense.

    1.) “The steroids alone make you irrational and paranoid.” => Rubbish! Dexamethesone (the cortico-steroid that Trump was given) and other such corticosteroids, like prednisone, are standard therapy for a number of diseases like Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, some neuropathies, and life threatening crises. They can cause short-term euphoria, but that reverses when the drug is stopped.

    2.) “At 73 years old and 60 lbs. overweight, Trump’s Covid symptoms may be serious rather than minor.” => What medical or scientific qualifications do you possess, Mr. Margolis, and what evidence do you have to so opine? I would trust his doctors and the actual outcome over the next few days rather than your demented wish-list. Yes, we know you want him dead, but have the decency to keep your hateful thoughts to yourself.

    3.) ” What’s more, the Covid virus often scars the body, causing long-term damage to the lungs, heart, eyes and brain”. => Not “often” but “sometimes”. And such damage “may” happen, not “will very likely” happen.

    4.) “stone-age Simba warriors bedecked with ju-ju amulets that allegedly protected the wearers from the white-man’s bullets. They did not.” => More rubbish again! It is the mask-wearing idiots who seem to be believing in magic, not the skeptics. Yes, properly worn N95 masks do reduce risk of infection, but the assortment of substandard masks being worn by the general public – and the way most people handle and wear their masks – well, they might as well wear a string of garlic to ward off evil viruses and Dracula. Only an idiot would believe that a cloth or surgical mask with large porosities would filter out virus the size of nano particles. Trump clearly said that he wears masks when necessary, and I presume he wears proper N95 masks and has been instructed on the correct way to handle and wear these masks.

    5.) “Watching Trump ‘debate’ Joe Biden last week made me deeply worried about his health, both physical and mental.” => Is that all you worried about? Trump was pretty vigorous, both physically and mentally. What worried me was the sad level of the debate, a sad reflection of the state of our politics. Did you honestly find Biden to be physically and mentally the more vigorous of the two?

    Look, if you have to do hatchet pieces on Trump, at least learn to do a half-decent and half-credible job.

    • Replies: @Montefrío
  26. BigTony says:

    1.4 billion Chinese before covid, 1.4 billion Chinese after covid. It’s time to stop acting like pussies. If your scared stay home.

  27. @haha

    If I’m not mistaken, DJT is 74, fwiw. He was born less than a month before me as I recall, something that tends to stick in memory.

    Oh yes: I will never read a Margolis piece again.

  28. @Harold Smith

    Margolis said that “the Covid virus often scars the body, causing long-term damage to the lungs, heart, eyes and brain.”
    “often” and “long term” seem to be open to subjective interpretation.
    “Our study has limitations. The findings are not validated for the use in pediatric patients 18 years and younger. They also do not represent patients during acute COVID-19 infection or those who are completely asymptomatic with COVID-19. Several patients within our cohort had new or persistent symptoms, thus increasing the likelihood of positive CMR findings.”
    https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamacardiology/fullarticle/2768916#247297993
    How often are people asymptomatic? In this jurisdiction, fully 94% of patients are categorized with “non-severe” Covid.
    https://www.alberta.ca/stats/covid-19-alberta-statistics.htm
    The cohort in the study had 33% hospitalization, or 7 times the prevalance in the Covid case population in Alberta. The mean age in the cohort was 49, 12 year older than the mean age for Covid in the general population in Alberta.
    The study you cite doesn’t seem to be very representative of the general population of Covid “cases”.

  29. “often” and “long term” seem to be open to subjective interpretation.

    Seriously? You’re really desperate aren’t you? We’re dealing with an editorial piece here, not a submission to a journal.

    • Replies: @Rufus Clyde
    , @Greta Handel
  30. @Harold Smith

    A Covid believer cannot make a comment on statements that run contrary to their sentiments without making an ad hominem argument. Experience is proving this to be an iron rule. Due to the H1N1 fraud of 2009, I have been highly skeptical of the SARS CoV-2 story since it became a thing in January. Not one development since has in any way dissuaded me. We were told that barring an array of unprecedented socio-economic controls, the virus would infect 1/3 of the population within ten weeks, producing unprecedented mortality, ten times that of seasonal influenza. We were told that people had no immunity. When the people panicked and began wearing masks, we were told, in this one instance correctly, that there is no scientific evidence that they prevent transmission of respiratory viruses. When the initial die-off in long-term care homes began to wind down, we were suddenly told that an emerging body of evidence demonstrated that masks could have some effect on controlling spread, when in fact no scientific evidence of this exists. Hydroxychloroquine was presented as quack medicine, yet it was determined to be highly effective in managing SARS almost twenty years ago. The Lancet’s attack on the use of the drug turned out to be based on entirely bogus information. I have no idea whether hydroxychloroquine has any benefit in the treatment or prevention of SARS CoV-2, but the notion did not come out of kooky alternative medicine.
    Once the claims of SARS CoV-2 virulence and infectiousness turned out to be hysterical exaggerations, the story turned to uniquely harmful complications, which are likewise exaggerated. Clotting and subsequent organ failure from respiratory viruses, particularly influenza A, are not new phenomena with SARS CoV-2 infection.
    There is a mass hysteria campaign that has been seized upon for various political and economic purposes, and as long as the bug serves a role in pursuing these objectives, medical science will have little influence in the response to it’s presence in the human population.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  31. @Harold Smith

    Hey, hold on here, Harold. Those — “often” and “long term” — are the assertions I questioned (#2), which brought you in to begin with.* Now that another commenter is exposing them as inaccurate and misleading, you’re “really desperate,” excusing Mr. Margolis’s as “an editorial piece here, not a submission to a journal.”

    ——

    *As anonymous commenters are without warning now limited to three daily, I’m being “nudged” to try using a pseudonym. (This needless nerd tweaking will decay the quality a la Takimag — just wait and see.) But to register my dissent, I’ll also use this one to thank Rufus for his contributions to this discussion.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  32. @Greta Handel

    Hey hold on there anonymous; nothing that Margolis said was “inaccurate and misleading” even if a million of you jew liars say otherwise.

    BTW if I am “desperate” it’s because there are so many liars like you and “Rufus Clyde” and so little time for us honest people to refute your incessant verbal vomit.

  33. @Rufus Clyde

    If there’s some kind of a relevant point buried in that rambling comment, it doesn’t seem to be worth trying to figure out what it is.

  34. Ossama Samuel, associate chief of cardiology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York, told me about a cluster of younger adults developing myocarditis, some of them a month or so after they had recovered from COVID-19. One patient, who developed myocarditis four weeks after believing he had recovered from the virus, responded to a course of steroid treatment only to develop a recurrence in the form of pericarditis (an inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart). A second patient, in her 40s, now has reduced heart function from myocarditis, and a third—an athletic man in his 40s—is experiencing recurring and dangerous ventricular heart rhythms, necessitating that he wear a LifeVest defibrillator for protection. His MRI also demonstrates fibrosis and scarring of his heart muscle, which may be permanent, and he may ultimately require placement of a permanent defibrillator.

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/covid-19-can-wreck-your-heart-even-if-you-havent-had-any-symptoms/

    • Replies: @A123
  35. A123 says:
    @Harold Smith

    Several problems with these anecdotal reports:

    — 3 out of 8,000,000 known WUHAN-19 cases is not statistically meaningful.
    — A”cluster” may have a different common cause instead of WUHAN-19.

    Despite the clickbait horror stories, there is no provable science at this point. Unless these numbers surge upwards by 1000x, even if the impact is real it will not impact policy.

    There are millions of injuries from auto accidents every year (1). It takes those types of numbers to influence policy — seat belts, air bags, car design, etc.
    ___

    There have been statistically significant numbers of respirator cases with long term negative consequences. However, most of those negative impacts are tied to the amount of time on the machine. Not a direct consequence of the WUHAN-19 virus.

    This has led to treating aggressively & early so that a respirator is much less likely to be needed.

    PEACE 😇
    _______

    (1) https://www.statista.com/statistics/191900/road-traffic-related-injuries-and-fatalities-in-the-us-since-1988/

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  36. @A123

    LOL! Stop wasting bandwidth, knucklehead.

    • Replies: @A123
  37. A123 says:
    @Harold Smith

    If you stop posting, I will no longer have to spend bandwidth refuting your misinformation.

    Please… For the Sake of the Bandwidth… Stop Lying.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  38. @A123

    You haven’t refuted anything, assclown. All you’ve done here is prove for the Nth time that you’re a troll.

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