COVID Has Been Overtaken by a Secondary Pandemic—and It's Real

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Merry Christmas, RedStaters.

So here we find ourselves again this Christmas day. America is in the throes of yet another manufactured round of fear and anxiety. It didn’t have to be this way. Science continues to suggest symptoms of the Omicron variant are mild. But the left is ignoring science, choosing instead to prolong the no-longer-existent pandemic and fearmonger its disingenuous head off.

What are the uninformed among us to think when the president of the United State sits before TV cameras and declares a coming “winter of severe illness and death” for unvaccinated Americans? What are young kids who see Joe Biden or Anthony Fauci utter those Dr. Doom words left to think? What and why are Biden, Fauci, the entire Democrat Party, and the left-wing, sock puppet media purposely doing to this country?

Screw the why they’re doing it for now; it’s time to pay attention to what they’re doing.

That “what” is COVID-related Illness Anxiety Disorder (IAD) — and it is real.

Mayo Clinic defines Illness Anxiety Disorder as (emphasis mine):

Illness Anxiety Disorder, sometimes called hypochondriasis or health anxiety, is worrying excessively that you are or may become seriously ill.

You may have no physical symptoms.

Or you may believe that normal body sensations or minor symptoms are signs of severe illness, even though a thorough medical exam doesn’t reveal a serious medical condition.

According to Mayo, people affected by IAD may experience extreme anxiety that can cause muscle twitching, fatigue, and other symptoms that are generally associated with specific, serious illnesses, yet extreme anxiety — rather than the physical symptoms itself — results in severe distress that can disrupt daily life. We’ve all seen these people. In a big-box store or grocery store, passing us on the sidewalk, or perhaps driving in a car alone with their faces wrapped in masks.

Author and mental-healthcare writer Casey Gueren in an October article at Health.com titled Health Anxiety Is Real—And the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Making It Worse for Some People, asked—and answered—a basic question: If you’ve wondered, “Could this be COVID?” more than a few times this pandemic, you’re not alone.

Gueren counts herself among those who have wondered. She stresses that health anxiety is not hypochondria:

Health anxiety refers to the preoccupation with having or developing a serious illness — whether that’s COVID-19, cancer, HIV, or something else.

While most people think of health anxiety as “being a hypochondriac,” that diagnosis was actually removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) when it was published in 2013, according to the Mayo Clinic.

According to the experts Gueren interviewed for her article, she wrote, and the “limited research we have so far, the COVID-19 pandemic has come with a unique set of factors that can certainly fuel health anxiety in people”—particularly people who are already susceptible to the virus.

Josh Spitalnick, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and CEO of Anxiety Specialists of Atlanta, told Health:

People who are having real medical and/or physical symptoms and they’re terrified about what they might mean—that’s typically understood as somatic symptom disorder.

And then there are people who worry about just getting a disease — getting COVID, getting cancer, having a stroke—where there’s no real physical or medical symptoms.

Illness anxiety disorder can manifest itself in a number of ways, according to Spitalnick, including excessively washing your hands, frequently taking your temperature, or continually checking your body for anything out of the ordinary. Manifestations of IAD can be psychological, as well, such as overanalyzing even minor physical “symptoms” or dwelling on “what if” scenarios. Another common IAD behavior is reassurance-seeking by Googling symptoms or going to the doctor (or multiple doctors) frequently.

So here’s the thing. Given the constant and delusional COVID and vaccine obsession echoing in the head of the mental-acuity-challenged occupant of the White House and the equally-obsessed COVID clown cars in media,  otherwise known as CNN and MSNBC, untold numbers of everyday Americans are kept frozen in space somewhere between confusion and fear—and constant anxiety.

Besides, noted Spitalnick, it can be hard to know if your health concerns fall into the “excessive” category, particularly when crap like “winter of severe illness and death” is irresponsibly shoved down your throat.

“The worry that we have for health anxiety is productive at the beginning,” said Spitalnick, “which only each person can individually measure, but increasing becomes ‘not healthy.'”

And that place, RedStaters, is exactly where Biden, Fauci, and the Democrat Party want you to live–in the land of the not mentally healthy. Why?

Because people who are afraid of something, particularly irrationally so, are more susceptible to listening to advice about that “something” from “experts” and “leaders” who profess to know what they’re talking about—even when said advice is consistently wrong.

Yup, and how has that all worked out?

It didn’t have to be this way.

Biden, Fauci, the Democrat Party, and the lapdog liberal media were unavailable for comment.

Just for “fun”:

British YouTuber Paul Joseph Watson dropped a video this week in which he provides example after example in answer to the question, “What are they doing to us?”

Enjoy, if you choose to partake—it’s spot-on.

Related RedState articles:

New Vaccine Study Suggests mRNA Vaccines Actually Increase Probability of Being Infected With Omicron After 90 Days

Pfizer CEO Makes It Clear That There Will Be No End to the “Pandemic”

Delusional Biden Hysterically Warns of ‘Winter of Severe Illness and Death’ for Unvaccinated Americans

There Is One Thing Biden Could Do to End the Pandemic in America for Good