Sunday, June 06, 2021

LA Times editorial: pandemic has provided a serious challenge to individualism


Hotel coffee, 2012, on the 405

I’ll share a Los Angeles Times editorial, that “Covid-19 exposed truths that America and California can no longer ignore”  

What caught my eye was its accusation of “toxic individualism” and the need for “collective uplift”, both with links to follow. 

The individualism may reflect a shallowness (like in attitudes towards masks and vaccines, for example) in thinking, but there is something more fundamental, that many people feel ashamed to be brought low to the level of other people who need more proactive attention because of their vulnerabilities.  This is can be seen, for example, even in the idea of attacking tribalism and group loyalties as intellectual weakness (yesterday’s post here).  On the Movies blog, I reviewed a long video by Carlos Maza in which he says people need to experience the humility of surrendering ego for the good of others when forced with powerful forces beyond their control.

But the concern over hyperindividualism may we well placed with young men, who may be having some incidence of myocarditis after the second vaccine (particularly Pfizer).  The American Academy of Pediatrics reviewed just seven cases in the US, but there was mention of 275 cases in Israel.  The symptoms appear to come on a few days after the second dose and may go away on their own or may require brief hospitalization.  The US military might be a good place to look further.

So a young male could make a rational decision. Do the blood work (T-cell challenge in a test tube from a blood draw sample, maybe including some variants) to see if you already have considerable immunity from past exposure which might not have caused symptoms.  This circumstance is probably more common already than we know.  If the blood work showed you have considerable natural immunity, it might be possible to skip vaccination, but you would need to document the results of the blood work for some situations (like travel, employment).

The other idea is to develop prophylactics and test them as alternatives if there are more systemic problems with vaccines for some populations, as there are several candidate (like cepharanthine and nelfinavir, as others mentioned before) which may be promising (as compared to drugs like Ivermectin which attract a lot of attention in the public but which the FDA says does not look safe in the doses that would be necessary). Strategies (oral medications) to stop viral replication have worked very well against HIV and may work against this one if tester further.

One other thing for young men, the Supreme Court may look again at the constitutionality of male-only draft registration. More on that soon. “Male” means biological.

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