This one line from an exceedingly long lament by Dr. Anthony Fauci fully defines his singular world view that must be obeyed above any and all needs of humanity:

“How dare you behave as though you know more than medical experts […]”

If I backed down from any challenge based on “because what if?” I’d never live the life I deserve. This is what Dr. Anthony Fauci demands I do. He demands it of humanity.

Never have I read or heard Fauci explore “What if this virus isn’t the end of humanity?” If he did, I might take him seriously. But he doesn’t. He believes his job as an advisor to Presisent Trump takes primacy because a virus is medical, thus his expertise means more.

Instead, he presents doomsaying as expertise. “Because what if?”

I like sex. HIV is out there. Herpes is out there . I haven’t stopped having sex. Yet, this is what Fauci insinuates I do “because what if?”

Am I to forgo sex because Fauci says human contact is bad? Pun intended: Screw you, Fauci.

His lament is hollow, biased, and myopic. I won’t be scared to live my life by his “because what if?” scenarios that all end in baseless avoid-the-world fear. I won’t do it no matter how vigirously he insists upon “because what if?”

I dare to challenge Fauci because he cannot bring himself to acknowledge there is more at stake here than his singular motivation. Children learning social cues and social skills. Economic ruin. Forced isolation suicide. Food production and distribution. Foreign relations. Government stability. Family unity. Service industry, entertainment industry, travel industry – collectively the joy industry – collapse. Spirituality fellowship. And just plain ol’ hope. He demands we sacrifice all of these because he and his cronies believe their one area of expertise has the monopoly on how humanity should behave and their version “because what if?” is the only projection of value.

I dare and I continue to dare.

How dare you, Dr. Fauci. How dare you demand your hubris decides the course of humanity.

Dr. Fauci’s Lament

From Dr. Fauci.

“Chickenpox is a virus. Lots of people have had it, and probably don’t think about it much once the initial illness has passed. But it stays in your body and lives there forever, and maybe when you’re older, you have debilitatingly painful outbreaks of shingles. You don’t just get over this virus in a few weeks, never to have another health effect. We know this because it’s been around for years, and has been studied medically for years.

Herpes is also a virus. And once someone has it, it stays in your body and lives there forever, and anytime they get a little run down or stressed-out they’re going to have an outbreak. Maybe every time you have a big event coming up (school pictures, job interview, big date) you’re going to get a cold sore. For the rest of your life. You don’t just get over it in a few weeks. We know this because it’s been around for years, and been studied medically for years.

HIV is a virus. It attacks the immune system and makes the carrier far more vulnerable to other illnesses. It has a list of symptoms and negative health impacts that goes on and on. It was decades before viable treatments were developed that allowed people to live with a reasonable quality of life. Once you have it, it lives in your body forever and there is no cure. Over time, that takes a toll on the body, putting people living with HIV at greater risk for health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, diabetes, bone disease, liver disease, cognitive disorders, and some types of cancer. We know this because it has been around for years, and had been studied medically for years.

Now with COVID-19, we have a novel virus that spreads rapidly and easily. The full spectrum of symptoms and health effects is only just beginning to be cataloged, much less understood.

So far the symptoms may include:
• Fever
• Fatigue
• Coughing
• Pneumonia
• Chills/Trembling
• Acute respiratory distress
• Lung damage (potentially permanent)
• Loss of taste (a neurological symptom)
• Sore throat
• Headaches
• Difficulty breathing
• Mental confusion
• Diarrhea
• Nausea or vomiting
• Loss of appetite
• Strokes have also been reported in some people who have COVID-19 (even in the relatively young)
• Swollen eyes
• Blood clots
• Seizures
• Liver damage
• Kidney damage
• Rash
• COVID toes (weird, right?)

People testing positive for COVID-19 have been documented to be sick even after 60 days. Many people are sick for weeks, get better, and then experience a rapid and sudden flare up and get sick all over again. A man in Seattle was hospitalized for 62 days, and while well enough to be released, still has a long road of recovery ahead of him. Not to mention a $1.1 million medical bill.

Then there is MIS-C. Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. Children with MIS-C may have a fever and various symptoms, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling extra tired. While rare, it has caused deaths.

This disease has not been around for years. It has basically been 6 months. No one knows yet the long-term health effects, or how it may present itself years down the road for people who have been exposed. We literally *do not know* what we do not know.

For those in our society who suggest that people being cautious are cowards, for people who refuse to take even the simplest of precautions to protect themselves and those around them, I want to ask, without hyperbole and in all sincerity:

How dare you?
How dare you risk the lives of others so cavalierly. How dare you decide for others that they should welcome exposure as “getting it over with”, when literally no one knows who will be the lucky “mild symptoms” case, and who may fall ill and die. Because while we know that some people are more susceptible to suffering a more serious case, we also know that 20 and 30-year-olds have died, marathon runners and fitness nuts have died, children and infants have died.

How dare you behave as though you know more than medical experts, when those same experts acknowledge that there is so much we don’t yet know, but with what we DO know, are smart enough to be scared of how easily this is spread, and recommend baseline precautions such as:
• Frequent hand-washing
• Physical distancing
• Reduced social/public contact or interaction
• Mask wearing
• Covering your cough or sneeze
• Avoiding touching your face
• Sanitizing frequently touched surfaces

The more things we can all do to mitigate our risk of exposure, the better off we all are, in my opinion. Not only does it flatten the curve and allow health care providers to maintain levels of service that aren’t immediately and catastrophically overwhelmed; it also reduces unnecessary suffering and deaths, and buys time for the scientific community to study the virus in order to come to a more full understanding of the breadth of its impacts in both the short and long term.

I reject the notion that it’s “just a virus” and we’ll all get it eventually. What a careless, lazy, heartless stance.”