Points to Ponder

S M Chen
5 min readMay 1, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost everyone in some way, some more than others.

Recent news:

A Norwegian COVID-19 denier and conspiracy theorist, Hans Kristian Gaarder, age 60, has died of COVID. You can read about it here:

Steven Karanja, a Kenyan OB-GYN physician and COVID vaccine opponent, who advocated steam inhalation and hydroxychloroquine, has died of COVID:

Rocker Ted Nugent, who once dismissed the seriousness of COVID-19, caught it and was ‘in agony.’ I wish Mr. Nugent no harm, but perhaps it is a good thing he was in agony. It may have caused him to think more seriously about the virus than otherwise.

On the other hand, there are plenty of people who have developed COVID-19, even died from it, who believed in its deadly potential.

The rain falls on the just and the unjust.

But, as American journalist Heywood Broun (1888–1939) wrote, perhaps tongue-in-cheek:

“The rain falls on the just

And also on the unjust fella.

But mainly on the just because

The unjust steals the just’s umbrella.”


Last Thanksgiving, 2020, a group of family members met in a Southern CA desert town. None of us had qualified to be vaccinated. We tried to be careful.