Chapter 38 “strange defences for Virus#26”
In the beginning of my story I told you Virus#26 was unlike most viruses as it attacked the heart causing the heart to go into a wild arrhythmia. The heart eventually collapsed and the victim died or blood cots developed and the infected and suffered a stroke. Anti arrhythmia drugs had a minimal effect on controlling the heartbeat. It was highly contagious and there were no comorbidities that increased the risk of death so in almost all cases you contracted it you died. So my practice of cardiology was becoming unbearable. About the only tool I had were painkillers such as morphine to make a passing as peaceful as possible. When asked to administer a fatal overdose I rarely refused. Can you imagine a physician used to fighting disease and controlling it or eliminating it I was now faced with an assembly line of death?
As for a vaccine the COVIDs had eaten up research funds so there was no magic bullet. And the trial COVID vaccines killed thousands so the public was suspicious of vaccines. There was no social distancing as very few governments had any money left for social support programmes so while mass events were banned the workplace remained open creating congregate super spreading.
Now what was bizarre that those who had suffered measles and chickenpox were immune from Virus#26. Research was limited on why this was the case but it was thought that the measles and chicken pox had actually activated certain features of the immune system that enabled immunity against Virus#26. Most baby boomers most in their 70’s by 2030 when Virus#26 emerged were immune because in the 1950’s and 60’s there was no vaccine available for measles or chicken pox whereas most children in the First World countries were subject to mandatory chickenpox and measles vaccinations so were easy Virus#26 victims. In the poorer Second and Third World countries where vaccination for measles and chickenpox was rare the Virus has minimal effects on those countries except for the upper classes who could afford measles and chicken pox vaccines. The anti-vaxxers were vindicated at last!
As 2030 marched on another strange discovery was made and that was those on cannabis, either recreationally or medically, were also immune provided their daily intake of THC and CBD was at a rather high level and had been for a least a year. Again the theory was that somehow the THC and CBD consumption activated the endocannabinoid receptors in the immune system. So millions of people throughout the world where cannabis consumption was legal and had been taking the unknown strength of cannabis were immune! Cannabis also included hashish which is derived from the cannabis plant. Synthetic cannabis concocted by Big Pharma was useless. So many of the world’s poorest countries where cannabis consumption was widespread or in more developed countries where cannabis was legal for both medical and recreational purposes the immunity factor was high (no pun intended).
So the dying off generation of baby boomers and the mostly younger generation of cannabis users received a free pass to Go.
As economies crumbled paper money was becoming worthless cannabis became about as valuable as gold coins. Legalized dispensaries were cleaned out mostly through looting and legal producer’s facilities were ringfenced with private security where cannabis was grown and sold for the ultra rich and well connected but in most cases their consumption was less than the required timeframe to build up a cannabis constructed immunity.
Many farmers who were suffering for years finally found a cash crop with real return but many panicked buyers failed to realize they had to have been consuming the right strength of cannabis for at least a year for it to be effective. Panicked buying of toilet paper during the COVIDs and panicked buying of cannabis during COVIDs were two different things.
Stoners and older baby boomers in the developed world and millions of unvaccinated from chickenpox and measles survived. If they had listened to the pleas and demands of the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation for mandatory measles and chicken pox vaccinations in the developing world they would have been dead. What was the expression from those older Hollywood Westerns, “White man speak with forked tongue”?
Why am I and my daughter Alexis alive now? I am one of those older baby boomers where moms took their children (like me) to homes of their friends with children who had chickenpox and measles to get the damn thing over with. My daughter went through measles and chickenpox because dear me I had turned into an anti-vaxxer and managed to bypass the system through falsified documents provided by my pediatric colleague. My Westie Pill Boy was also safe as animals were not affected by Virus#26.