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How to Survive the Pandemic

Feb. 28, 2022 |   By Ru Zhi

(Minghui.org) British scientists recently published the results of a human challenge study on Covid-19. Approved by the British government in February 2021, this study was conducted through the collaboration of Imperial College London, the UK’s Vaccines Taskforce, and hVIVO, a clinical development company.

Half of Exposed Subjects Were Infected

In this study, scientists had planned to recruit 90 healthy volunteers between the ages of 18 and 30 to be exposed to the coronavirus, in order to evaluate how the virus would invade the human body. From published results, only 36 volunteers participated in this study and none of them had been vaccinated. Each of the volunteers received the same dose of the original coronavirus strain. 

Within 42 hours, symptoms were observed and positive test results were obtained from half of the participants. In other words, 18 of the subjects were fine, despite the dose of coronavirus administered to them. 

This finding puzzled scientists: how to explain the 18 volunteers who were able to fend off the disease even without vaccination? Needlessly to say, understanding this phenomenon would help more people remain healthy in the pandemic. 

Surviving Plagues

We can gain some insights from incidents that occurred in history when people survived various plagues despite being in close contact with infected persons. For instance, four plagues happened after the persecution against Christians in ancient Rome, which together took the lives of about 100 million people between 541 AD (the Plague of Justinian) and 549 AD alone.

The Chronicle by John, Bishop of Ephesus, recorded the Justinianic Plague first-hand. Evagrius Scholasticus also documented first-hand reports of the plague in Ecclesiastical History. “Some perished by merely living with the infected, others by only touching them, others by having entered their chamber, others by frequenting public places. Some, having fled from the infected cities, escaped themselves, but imparted the disease to the healthy,” he wrote. 

But the plague also varied from person to person. “Some were altogether free from contagion, though they had associated with many who were afflicted, and had touched many not only in their sickness but also when dead,” he recorded. “Some, too, who were desirous of death, on account of the utter loss of their children and friends, and with this view placed themselves as much as possible in contact with the diseased, were nevertheless not infected; as if the pestilence struggled against their purpose.”

Sylvia Goldsholl, a resident of New Jersey, survived the Spanish flu in 1918 when she was 6 and once again beat Covid-19 when she was 108. Both she and her family think she is most fortunate.

The Merits of Being a Good Person

Similar incidents also happened in ancient China. One example was Yan Yan in the Jin Dynasty. A plague occurred and two of his brothers died, with a third brother on the verge of death. As the plague got worse, his parents and other siblings decided to flee. Only Yan decided to stay to take care of the ill brother. When the situation improved and his family returned home months later, they noted that the ill brother had nearly recovered while Yan was healthy as usual. 

Zhu Meishu of the Qing Dynasty also recorded an incident in Mai You Ji. When an epidemic broke out, many families died and anyone who had close contact with the deceased would also die. A scholar, Wang Yuxi, was a student of Chen Junshan. After Chen’s family of five all died, no neighbors dared to visit them. “How could I let my teacher’s family die like this?” asked Wang. He went into their home, placed the dead bodies in coffins, and buried them. Upon finding an infant in the house who was still alive, he found a doctor and saved the baby. Wang did not contract the disease at all. 

Another example happened in Hangzhou (in today’s Zhejiang Province) in 1835 during the Qing Dynasty. Many people lost their lives and coffins were sold out in the city. A resident surnamed Jin heard ghosts outside on New Year Eve and a voice saying, “This family has a virtuous woman.” When he opened his door on New Year’s Day, Jin saw a large red circle on the door. Thinking it was child’s play, he simply ignored it. When the plague worsened in the summer, nobody else in the neighborhood survived, but Jin’s family was all right. It was not until then did Jin realize that the circle was a mark made by deities. Jin’s aunt was surnamed Qian, and she had preserved her chastity for over 30 years after her husband died.

Plagues Have Eyes

Why did the plagues mentioned above spare some people? One explanation is that those were good people who were upright. Goldsholl, for example, was often praised by neighbors for being a good person. As described above, the ancient Chinese were able to stay safe also because of high moral values. 

Plagues have eyes. They did not happen for no reason and they seemed to target certain people through plague spirits, as documented in Chinese history books. 

Liu Jingshu of the Southern Song Dynasty also wrote a story in Yi Yuan during the autumn of 428 AD. A woman “in filthy clothing who has eyes with no pupils” suddenly appeared in front of some households, and then disappeared. During the following March, all families the woman visited died of the plague. 

Fu Yuan by Qian Xiyan in the Ming Dynasty wrote about a family surnamed Jiang in Jingshan County (in today’s Hubei Province). One night the son of the family was “led out of the door” where he met “hundreds of children dressed in colorful clothing.” Before he was able to see them clearly, all of the children disappeared, leaving hundreds of small flags on the ground with the words “a chaotic society.” Soon afterwards, a plague broke out in the region and dozens of people in the Jiang family died. It was not until then did the son realize that what he saw that night were plague spirits.

Path for the Future

In the Chronicle, John of Ephesus reflected on the Justinianic Plague:

“I planned to omit it, firstly because... when the entire world was tottering and reaching its dissolution and the length of generations was cut short? And for whom would he who wrote be writing? (But) then I thought that it was right that through our writings we should inform our successors and transmit to them... perhaps (during) this remainder of the world which will come after us they will fear and shake because of the terrible scourge with which we were lashed through our transgressions and become wiser through the chastisement of us wretches and be saved from (God’s) wrath here (in this world) and from future torment.”

It could be a similar scenario with the ongoing pandemic, as explained by numerous Minghui articles such as “Discourse with the God of Plague” and “Another Encounter with a Plague God”. 

From the onset of the pandemic, many people have witnessed how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) covered up the facts and misled the public, prompting many to call this coronavirus the CCP Virus. In fact, since the CCP took power in 1949, the regime has caused the unnatural deaths of tens of millions of innocent people, destroyed traditional Chinese culture, and trampled human rights. 

In addition, the CCP enticed many foreign governments to trade their principles for short-term material interest, pushing many nations around the world onto an uncertain path. Right now, over 390 million Chinese people have quit the CCP organizations. It could be a hint for more people globally to reject the CCP and return to tradition for a better future.