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COVID-19 Cured My Hypochondria

By March 23, 2021Nobody Asked Me

When I say that COVID-19 cured my hypochondria I’m really not joking.

My hypochondria was mild. The kind of thing where I’d have a funny feeling in my stomach and then fear the worst or Google symptoms for a few hours. Once in a while. So, it wasn’t a full-blown compulsion necessarily. But the anxiety it produced was bothersome. I’ll put it that way. Real medical emergencies or situations aside, most of the time when I had one of these thoughts it was completely manufactured in my mind. Just a synapse firing in my brain giving me a jolt of electricity that I didn’t know how to rationalize. Up until 2020 this was something that would become distracting on a periodic occasion. If you have ever had these kinds of pangs, you know it sucks.

COVID-19 Cured Me Even Though I Never “Got” It

I have yet to be tested for “COVID-19” (SARS-CoV-2) and to date I’ve not felt symptomatic at all. That has been a blessing, let me say that first. In fact, just because SARS2 isn’t as lethal as people pretended it was this whole time doesn’t mean I want to get it. Are you crazy? I don’t even like having a stubbed toe, do you? Nobody WANTS to get sick. But there is a huge difference between the fear of contracting a novel virus from somebody who could have it and the fear that I will come down with cancer without warning. Both are real possibilities. They both happen to people every single day. In my more anxious days, I could worry equally about both. However, at a certain point during the COVID-19 hysteria, I realized it was a bunch of nonsense to shut down life over it.

So as I watched more and more people I viewed as rational, losing their minds over this, it gave me a lot of clarity about my own situation. The thing that definitely did it for me, was the reversal in common sense about who we cater to in society. At some point the mentality began to shift from, “people are free to make their own choices so long as they don’t endanger other people,” to “your freedom is a danger to me, even though I can take precautions to protect myself in concert with your free choices.” Something like that. So I called “bullshit.”

As a result, my mind settled down a lot. It didn’t freak out over every cough or sniffle anymore.

Think About School (Even Though They’re Closed) & Waiting Until COVID-19 Cured

Imagine one child in a single grade in 1 school getting the common cold. Our response to SARS2 would be like if the entire town was then forced to quarantine for 2 weeks in case they came in contact with a distant contact of that child. Instead of having that one child stay home for a few days while they fought off the infection. That is what normal people do. Normally. Under normal circumstances. In fact, that child wouldn’t be taken to a hospital for any kind of test at that time. Unless the child began suffering extreme fever, or other major symptoms. The thing to do if you catch a virus is to fight it. Beat it. Heal from it. Move on. If you’re lucky. Which most people were with SARS2.

The Deaths, In Perspective

Over 500,000 people will have died in the first year of the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus. That’s a big number. But once you understand the Fascist Five governors (Wolf, Whitmer, Cuomo, Murphy, and Newsom) forced a major part of it you see the truth. These people increased the death toll unnaturally. Because under normal circumstances (meaning not an election year) nobody in their right mind would do what these people did. You would only do what they did if you thought that it would force the nation into a position to vote in your direction – knowing that if we don’t they’ll keep their metaphorical boots on our necks. And they did. And they will keep doing it unless we the people stand up and say “enough!”

Potentially ~50% of these deaths could have been avoided if the Fascist Five didn’t do what they did. Also, there is no telling how much stronger our collective immune systems would have been if there was no widespread panic instilled by the media. The other problem about our media is they invested a lot of money in all the tracking and diagramming, technology around “COVID-19.” People built businesses around masks, hand sanitizer, etc. So undoing the dependence on this conversation is going to disrupt a lot of people’s illusion of survival. That is going to be really hard to do. But rest assured, we could have avoided this entire mess.

COVID-19 Is A Mental Disorder, SARS-CoV-2 Is A Virus

Trump called it the “China virus.” That’s a nickname for SARS-CoV-2. SARS is SARS-CoV. But they called the virus and the disease SARS for short. Why did we not call it SARS2 for short? It’s a SARS variant. I tell this to people and most of them are like, ‘yeah I already knew that.’ But then why are we allowing everybody to say the wrong thing? It is continuing to cause confusion. I can tell you that knowing this distinction, understanding it, and recognizing it in context, is how I cured my hypochondria. Using the hysteria of COVID-19 I learned how to tell the difference between an insane conspiracy about my body, and the actual developments of a real malady. It’s hard.

But the more I unpack this COVID-19 business, it’s clear what it was. A linguistic slight.

SARS-CoV-2 is the virus. COVID-19 is a mental disorder. An infatuation. A fixation. An obsession. It’s a form of hypochondria; where you are afraid everybody else is sick. When in fact, it is you that is sick – in the head. You have a dependence on this discussion about masks. We all get it. Wear a mask if you want. But masks should be options.

From the beginning, you should have worn one if you wanted. But nobody should have been forced to wear one.

Get over it. Move on with your life. Do something interesting. You’re just socially distant from your self.

COVID-19 cured my hypochondria, and it could do the same for you.

Matt Berman

Matt Berman

Matt has been an artist since he was a child: dancing, illustrating, writing, and producing music. In business, Matt is a master strategist, and expert in communications. He combines his creative passions with his diligence as a professional to give clients a fierce competitive advantage in any circumstance. He has a Bachelors degree in Philosophy from Temple University. Follow Matt on Twitter @mattebphl