China COVID 19

How Humans End

The Start

Will Covid 19 end humans? My daughter said during the pandemic that she would hate to be inside my head. Yeah, right now, me too. Take a look, if you dare.

It started as what looked like another SARS outbreak in China. A few thousand—China’s problem. Now COVID 19 has killed almost 3 million worldwide, infected over 183 million.( worldometers statistics) That leaves a mere 7.7 billion people to get infected. If 5 billion would have gotten vaccinated by three months ago, we might have a prayer. But only 1.2 billion are fully vaccinated, less than 16% of the world population. 7.7 minus 1.2 is still 5.5 billion people as potential candidates for infection. COVID 19 mutates frequently, now with a delta variant that has overcome the vaccine enough to make vaccinated people still infectious, though currently still extremely safe from severe symptoms or death. But there are other variants coming that will be resistant to the vaccines. Yes, it is inevitable.

Mutations are the Key

mutations are the keyRealize that 5.5 billion tubes of viral fertilizer broth are a recipe for a kazillion more mutations. The whole purpose of viral mutations is to find a more survivable form—i.e., one that can infect more humans. Period. It can infect more if the mutation is not susceptible to the current vaccines. And if you think that mutation is not coming, you are dreaming.

It seems contrary to our knowledge of survival for the virus to destroy its host. But it doesn’t care if a lot of hosts die. The virus only cares if it can infect more. Once the hosts are all gone—well it will just start infecting pigs or cows. There are a lot of them around.

Could YOU be immune from COVID 19?

So, maybe you believe you are immune from this virus. Your immune system keeps you from getting colds, or pneumonia. What about measles, chickenpox, mumps, diphtheria, tuberculosis, black death, smallpox? Maybe you forgot that you got immunizations as a child against most of these, and that smallpox was virtually wiped out because of vaccination. But first we had to study these diseases and understand them, then develop treatments and vaccinations. Treatment of smallpox after you get it—you might as well count on dying. But prevention? Getting a vaccine will save 95% of those who get it.(smallpox vaccine facts ) Just like the COVID 19 vaccine. Right now. But, in two months? Might be too late. I wonder if in humans, survival of the fittest means those that are the smartest, not those with the best immune system? The smartest would get the vaccine as soon as it became available.

Humans Will Always Win, Right?

Then, you say, we beat the plague, influenza pandemic 1918 etc. Human beings will always win. But, did you remember, there weren’t millions of people flying on planes to other parts of the world every day during the Plague or Influenza Pandemic of 1918? Yes, there were anti-maskers and anti-vaccine people in 1918, but now there are billions of them, not a few hundred thousand. Makes for a lot more petri dishes for COVID 19 to party on. Yes, party ON.

For me, I’m glad I had a few months of back to normal after I got the vaccine. Now, my pandemic depression is already coming back. As a doctor, I know what is coming. Unless there is some miracle like somehow the virus jumps from humans to prefer mosquitoes, human beings may be seeing their last few years on planet Earth.

The End Game

This is the scenario as I see it. This is not science fiction. The next mutation will be resistant to our current vaccines and be here by 2022. It will kill a billion before we have another vaccine. Then, once again, a large percent of humans will not get the new vaccine, another half billion die. Then another mutation will be resistant to that vaccine, then ….

The End Game

You see where this is going. A billion or so dead every year after this. In about five—ten years at the longest—everyone will be gone. If you have a doomsday shelter, you should go there now. If you don’t, which 99.9% of the planet does not, time to be with the ones you love, enjoy every minute. Wear a mask, vaccinate as soon as possible with every new vaccine. Try to get Elon Musk or whichever billionaire you can convince, to put you on their doomsday flight to Mars. But I wouldn’t count on going if you’re not vaccinated. Or, if you are a virologist, please come up with a way to get COVID 19 to not infect humans. Ever again. Yeah, I know. Not possible. Pardon me while I bend over and kiss … Right after I meditate on the value of life.

Maybe You Want Us to Die

Oh, yeah, if you are anti-mask and anti-vaccine, just know you are contributing to the end of the human race, not to mention those close to you. Long before climate change. Oh wait, climate change will be gone once we lose a few billion more people.

Surely I’m Pessimistic

Well, okay. That was too pessimistic that Covid 19 will end humans in 5-10 years, right? We only lost 3 million in 18 months, so a billion per year? Yeah. Hyperbole. Surely a lot of people will start wearing masks again and will get vaccines. Possibly we will come up with a new type of mask to wear that is easier and gains popularity. Nose filters like in the sci-fi movie Ultraviolet. Or clear face coverings enclosing our heads like in Grey’s Anatomy. Or maybe scientists will figure out a DNA manipulation to give all new babies a new viral filtration or viral antibodies. And, possibly science will come up with a pill we can take to cure COVID once we get it. So, I guess, don’t worry. We’ll still have billions of humans in five years.

Yeah. Uh, Huh.

But I’m still going to contact Elon Musk. He could always use another doctor.

             Milt Mays, MD

P.S. Don’t forget to look at the Free–yes, free–short stories at the top of the right column. 




WE MUST MAKE MITCH MCCONNELL BELIEVE BLACK LIVES MATTER. Enough to make the Senate vote on Congress’s new bill. Enough to ENSURE A VETO OVERRIDE.

America has come together in protesting against police brutality towards black people. Many commentators have said, this seems different than the 60s, like something might actually get done.




The Democratic Congress has plans to pass sweeping laws, to including changes to police accountability laws: revising immunity provisions, creating a database of police use-of-force incidents, ban on chokeholds. And more. But all these things must pass the Senate, and then the President.

Forget the President. He’s in La-La Land.


Every member of the Senate, Democrats sure, but a must the Republicans, and most of all McConnell, must be associated with George Floyd’s death. Posters need to be made to carry with McConnell’s face right next to Floyd’s with an appropriate caption—see my trial poster above. The same goes for your state’s Republican Senators. Just substitute their photo for McConnell’s above, and their name in the printing on Floyd’s caption.

Mitch McConnell has proven he alone can squelch anything the Congress sends him. He just won’t vote on it. We MUST convince him! And the Republican Senators. The pressure must be so intense they cannot stand it. Every minute of every day send thousands of emails, letters, texts, Tweets, Instagram and Facebook posts with McConnell’s or your Republican Senator’s photo next to Floyd’s. OVERWHELM THEM WITH DEMOCRACY. SHOW MITCH MCCONNELL BLACK LIVES MATTER. Pictures are powerful. Please, those who know how to do this, PLEASE, start this NOW.


If McConnell is pressured enough, he will make sure there is a vote. If you pressure the Republican Senators enough, then a vote will be positive.

But you must pressure them enough to get a two-thirds majority in each chamber, so when the President vetoes it, they can still pass it. Just the threat of an override of a veto has been enough for most presidents in the past to not veto. But we all know THIS President is totally unpredictable. He feels he can shoot someone in broad daylight and get away with it. So, he will likely NOT sign it and veto it, even with a threat of override. If there ever is a time to show the power of the people, this is it.


THE OTHER GREAT THING ALL PROTESTERS CAN DO IS GET OUT AND VOTE THIS NOVEMBER. You were willing to risk being infected by Coronavirus to protest, but the most powerful change you can accomplish is by getting rid of Republican leaders, voting in those who care about people of color and stopping police brutality. VOTE !!

Cookies Help Veterans on Veterans Day

Veterans Day short story “Roses and Cookies”

This audio short story on Veterans Day, Vietnam War, and PTSD, “Roses and Cookies” is in audio form for good reason. Click on the recording below and you’ll find out why.

Vietnam War Memorial Wall on Veterans Day
middle of the Vietnam Wall
Roses and Cookies recording by Milt Mays

Once you are done come back and give me comments on the blog.

Thanks, Milt

References: included are some statistics of veterans in Vietnam, and some discussions about PTSD. Also, a link to a prior post on Vietnam.

1) Casualties in the Vietnam War

2) Diseases caused by Agent Orange

3) Getting help for PTSD

4) What is war? A discussion of Vietnam.

Crime Thriller and sex trafficking, ‘One Eighty’

Don’t miss my new book, One Eighty, a crime sex trafficking thriller involving veterans set in Colorado. Here are some tidbits on why I wrote it.

New crime thriller, One Eighty

A veteran who more than survives after war and injury:

It seems to me veterans who don’t make it after war make the news most frequently. Attending the Naval Academy during the Vietnam War, I had many experiences then with hatred of veterans. I wanted One Eighty to focus on veterans who made it in society after recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have their problems but overcome. The main protagonist, Var, lost a leg and an arm and had concussive brain injury from an IED. But that did not stop him from rock climbing or road biking. He even kept up his sense of humor. He continued his profession as a doctor and became a private investigator.

Other unusual veteran characters

His Marine and war friend, OJ Cromwell, though burned out from war and a murderous tour as homicide detective in New Orleans, becomes a detective in the Front Range to help stabilize Var and his other friend, Buddy. Buddy, a deadly soldier, became an emotional wreck after the Battle of Fallujah. He can only see people through mirrors and glass, but then sees their true self and intentions. He helps OJ with several cases. All three of them have been brothers in arms in Iraq or Afghanistan. Their bond undergoes severe trials from Var’s infatuation with his “one true love,” Angela.

Book Themes: war, love, sex, human trafficking, crime, power.

The themes of the book include survival after war, it’s not easy to give up on a long-lost soulmate love (Angela) and move on, how best laid intentions of Angela to make a life-saving asthma drug go astray when money to fund it must come from human sex trafficking, and how the desire for more power and sex can kill, and can end the NFL.

Veterans, Colorado, crime, and thrillers–that’s me.

You might say I’m a thriller/mystery writer because that’s the genre I love to read, but also am obsessed with murder, evil, and how they interact with good, even in the same character. So, a crime sex trafficking thriller fits! I like to push the plot to limits to give readers a page turner.

Real life experiences and characters:

I infused One Eighty with many real-life experiences of veterans because I have known or cared for thousands in my 30 years of medical practice in the Navy and the VA. A lot of my personal experiences and local color are included so readers who live in Northern Colorado, should enjoy seeing familiar haunts, like Estes Park, Loveland, and Fort Collins. In the book, the town of Thompson is fictional, but if you know the area, you will enjoy similarities.

How I fact checked this crime sex trafficking thriller

I fact check my books through interviews with local police, detectives, one of my writing group who is in forensics, physical therapists for the VA, reading the books in the acknowledgements, my son who is a rock climber, myself who is a road biker and physician and was stationed with the Marines, and many other personal experiences as a physician in the Navy and VA, as a fly fishing guide in the Front Range and Rocky Mountain National Park, and of course everyone’s fact checker, Google. Another great source everyone should read is The Forever War by Dexter Filkins.

If you review the book, it will help other veterans.

I hope you enjoy reading One Eighty. If so, please write a review. It will help me and other veterans out a lot. Also, word of mouth is the best advertising, so if you feel it worthy, please tell your friends and others about this book. As a result, maybe several veterans will read it and it will spur them to move forward.

My next book:

My next book for this year should be a semi-autobiographical mix of non-fiction, fiction, and poetry about the literal and metaphorical journey to the Cheyenne VA hospital, for me and veterans I cared for. While that one is cooking, I have a sequel to The Guide, with Stony taking on a CIA assassin. Var and OJ from One Eighty are in it, too!

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Milt Mays

Please visit my Amazon site for a look at my other books and stories.

Milt Mays, MD, Captain Medical Corps, US Navy, retired.

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