There's never been a greater call for truth and honesty in medicine and media than we face now, as the SARS-COV-2 pandemic rages on. Yet medical and media professionals continue perpetuating myths about this disease. What they think they know, but don't, could kill you.
LIE #1: A Negative Test Means You Don't Have Covid-19
Johns Hopkins University found that the current nasal swab tests being used in the United States have alarmingly high false-negative rates.
False negative rates for the nasal reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction test (RT-PCR) are so high that you would be more likely to get an accurate reading if you flipped a coin.
The CDC knew this, but rushed the tests to market anyway.
This is a problem.
It's a problem because it means your doctor will gaslight you when you KNOW you feel sick but they stubbornly, stupidly point to your negative test result and insist it's all in your head.
It's a problem because you will think you're fine if you don't have symptoms and you'll infect other people.
It's a problem because society is full of people who think they're fine but aren't.
LIE #2: Covid-19 is a Respiratory Disease
The medical community loves to say it doesn't rush to judgement. Yet they rushed to name SARS-COV-2 "Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrom" before they knew what the disease actually did - and it's not a respiratory disease after all.
Science has pretty irrefutably proven at this point that Covid-19, the disease caused by the SARS-COV-2 virus, is not a respiratory disease. It is, rather, an infectious endotheliitis that attacks the body's 60,000 miles of endothelium - the one-cell-thick lining of the blood vessels. When people develop breathing problems or low blood oxygen, it's because the capillaries - which are made up entirely of endothelial cells - have been filled with tiny clots or otherwise destroyed by the virus, making the gas exchange that usually takes place in the small blood vessels in tiny air sacs in the lungs impossible. That's why people with clear lung x-rays are suffocating.
But rather than change the name of the disease, admit their mistake, and educate the public, doctors and media go on with the dangerous and unscientific charade. Enough.
Lie #3: If you get Covid-19, you either die or you recover.
Studies show that nearly two-thirds of those who survive a Covid-19 infection still have serious health problems from the disease many months later.
And yet, the media continue to present this disease to the public framed by a false dichotomy of "dead or recovered," and they continue to insist "longhaulers" are rare.
The disease has been misrepresented as a slightly more virulent "flu," by politicians and journalists alike. We've been lied to and told it's a respiratory disease. So people presume humans just get over it, the way they've gotten over a cold or flu in their own pasts. But that's not what's happening to our bodies. We are having our vasculature destroyed.
The endothelium is more than just a lining of the blood vessels. It controls all sorts of bodily functions, from blood pressure to inflammation to hormone regulation. Once the endothelium is decimated, all sorts of other issues develop, and they frequently don't go away on their own.
People suffering from Long Covid ("longhaulers") have a serious and life-threatening vascular disease, and they need help to heal. It is not in their heads. This is not a flu. You do not just "get over it."
What can we do?
Speak up. Speak out. Educate people Tell everyone you know. Demand that journalists get it right. Bring medical studies to your doctors' appointments, and force your providers to educate themselves. Our lives depend upon it.