Contrary to what mainstream press has been reporting about Moderna, Pfizer, and Oxford vaccines being highly effective, and supposed effectiveness against the recently reported highly contagious COVID-19 mutant strains found in the EU, Africa, and now the US, these new vaccines are not effective against all COVID variants.
For example, COVID-15 (Chocolate Often Vanquishes Increasing Depression) has afflicted Americans for decades. To date no vaccine has been successfully developed to alleviate COVID-15. Some have erroneously cited COVID-19 as the cause for COVID-15. That is just not true. While the incidence of COVID-15 has spiked since COVID-19 came into our vocabulary, COVID-15 has preceded COVID-19 for generations. You might justifiably question why the press hasn’t been more attentive to calling out and reporting on these previously existing COVID variants. After all, COVID-16 runs rampant in the US every year. And why haven’t we heard about COVID-17 or COVID-18?
COVID-16 (Calories Obliterated Via Intense Dieting) strikes every year, but in America particularly! Though many are impacted, incidence rates seem highest in younger and middle-aged women. While COVID-16 is prevalent, and worthy of further research (E.g. “If only I could take a pill for the extra pounds…”) most treatment modalities are short-lived and/or ineffective. COVID-16 often hits just after the Christmas and New Years holiday period ends, just as the flu hits hard after Thanksgiving. For most, the duration of COVID-16 is only 3 to 4 weeks. Most won’t struggle beyond January, and they’ll move on with life as it was prior to their COVID-16 episode. Those that suffer for the full 16 weeks report weight loss as the biggest lingering after-effect. Some who experience COVID-16 for the full 16 weeks with all its suffering and sacrifice may continue into late spring and summer with weight loss.
Yes, COVID-19 has dominated the news, but there have been days when the newer, perhaps less recognized variant of COVID compounded COVID-19’s impact on all of us. Many in the sciences will argue that COVID-20 (Conflict Outshining Valid Information Dissemination) has contributed to the protracted COVID-19 pandemic. And yup, you guessed it, the new COVID-19 vaccines can’t cure COVID-20.
So where do we go from here? Let’s hope that 2021 brings us a new COVID – perhaps one that effuses joy and prosperity, and doesn’t require another vaccine discovery.
Write us with a positive COVID-21 variant you are hoping to see in the new year.