Posted Jan 24, 2022 by Michael L. Brown

Is there something to COVID-19 that is beyond physical? Is there an additional assault on the mind and emotions, producing an inordinate fear of death?

There is no question that many people with COVID have struggled with fears of dying, even if their symptoms were mild. That has been documented by the medical profession as well as confirmed anecdotally.

That’s why I asked on Instagram, “Did you personally get COVID? If so, was it entirely physical, or did you experience any emotional or spiritual attacks (such as, ‘You're going to die’ or ‘You'll never get back to normal’)?”

Responses included:

  • Physical, emotional, and spiritual. Unlike any flu I've ever had.
  • Physical and spiritual. The dreams I had were evil.
  • Suffer some physical but definitely there was a lot of emotional/spiritual attack!
  • Very spiritual. Our family felt an assault of darkness attached to the virus.

It may only be a small minority of COVID-sufferers who experienced this (as suggested by my Twitter survey). But the question remains, why?

Looking at natural rather than supernatural explanations, the first and most obvious consideration is this: We hear about COVID-related deaths day and night. We read and see the constant flood of bad news and are exposed to gut-wrenching, painful stories. And many of us have lost friends or family members or colleagues to COVID.

How can all of this not affect some of us emotionally?

Surely, in this environment, it is not surprising that many people who get COVID get hit with thoughts of, “You’re next! You’ll be in the hospital soon, and you’ll die there.”

The second non-supernatural explanation is provided by the medical profession.

People who are hospitalized with COVID are often separated from loved ones by quarantine rules, removing them from their lifelong system of support and encouragement and hope. They are hooked up to machines. They are visited by doctors and nurses wearing strange outfits, impersonally covered from head to toe. And many of the those who are hospitalized are suffering terribly.

As noted in Vox, “The ordeal is so taxing that many wish for death. ‘You hear the patients say, “I just want to die because this is so excruciating,”’ [critical care professor Kenneth] Remy says. ‘That’s what this virus does.’”

“Others feel that death is coming no matter what they do. [Todd Rice, a critical care and pulmonology specialist] notes that is much more so for his Covid-19 patients than others he has treated. There seems to be something about Covid-19, he says, ‘that makes people prone to having a feeling of, “I really believe I’m going to die.”’”

In settings like this, left alone in a foreign environment with nothing but your own thoughts, the fear of death can be very real. And with the fear of death comes a host of other, tormenting thoughts, including feelings of abandonment and despair.

Again, this can all be explained in a totally natural way, without recourse to demonic forces of any kind.

And this may have been some of what I experienced on January 9, two weeks into my bout with COVID. I thought I was getting better, only to lose all my strength and find myself virtually confined to bed. It was then that I got the devastating news that a dear, decades-old friend in his mid-50’s died of COVID, despite thousands of people praying for him.

As the night wore on, in a way that is totally foreign to me (being an extreme optimist with deep confidence in God’s goodness), those tormenting thoughts began to hit me: “This is how it ends. You’ll never make it out of your 60s. All your dreams and goals end here. You will leave your precious wife and family behind.”

Where on earth was this coming from?

Again, there could be a perfectly natural explanation to this. And it’s even possible that COVID affects the body in such a way that one’s emotions are impacted as well. After all, the brain is part of the body.

I can’t comment on that possibility at all because of my lack of medical knowledge.

But I can say this. I do know my relationship with the Lord. I do know the reality of my faith. And I do have some understanding of the spiritual realm.

That’s why I don’t discount for a moment the demonic nature of some of these fears and emotional assaults. (By demonic, I mean originating with the devil, who is as real as you and I are, and actualized by demons, who are also quite real.)

After all, one of Satan’s greatest tools is fear. And the greatest fear of all is the fear of death (and, in some cases, fear of what is coming beyond death).

As the Letter to the Hebrews states with reference to why the Son of God became a human being, “Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.” (Hebrews 2:14-15, NLT).

That’s why it doesn’t surprise me that many COVID sufferers have spoken of the tormenting fears they dealt with when suffering with COVID.

There are natural explanations for this. But there are supernatural explanations as well.

Let’s not rule any of them out.


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Romans8girl posted a comment · Jan 29, 2022
Dr. Brown - you may have written about this elsewhere, but what I see missing from this article is the fact there is early treatment for SARS-CoV2 infection. There are several protocols available using a multi-sequential approach. and a book recently published by Drs. George Fareed and Brian Tyson whose successful treatment protocol has been available since March 2020. This has been a pandemic of fear, something I'm sure you'd agree with and early treatment has been suppressed by the corporate media and the medical industrial complex which is totally captured by Big Pharma. As Dr. Peter McCullough has said, "all roads lead to the experimental vaccine." People need to know there is early, effective treatment and how to obtain that.
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Sharen posted a comment · Jan 29, 2022
I have had Covid or its side effects for 3 weeks now. Not getting any better, really sick. I am not afraid of Covid. I believe there is a time to be born and a time to die. When God wants me then he will take me. God's will be done.
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Vigilantly posted a comment · Jan 28, 2022
I've had covid twice. The first time in January 2020 I did have what seemed to be the sort of fear which one might normally experience when moderate sickness occurs while away from home, as happened to me. I spent most of a week feeling very ill while alone in a hotel room, and it took weeks afterwards for me to recover. The second time was in September 2021, and this time the symptoms were much worse and I was bedridden for two weeks. There was a certain level of anxiety that troubled me which I know was due to the influence of media and the many conflicting reports coming from all facets of the political spectrum. I suspect this multitude of negative reports and what I frankly consider fear-mongering from most media voices for two years has impressed itself into our individual minds and preconditioned us for a fearful response should we come down with the virus, or even when we think we might have been exposed. But there were also times, particularly at night, when there was what I consider to be a darkness transcending the physical which would seem to press into the room. And in these times, the occasional anxious feelings would yield to thoughts questioning whether I'd survive, would I recover, and the like. But at a certain time, when I was beginning to wonder about such things, I found that I may have fallen asleep and was dreaming. I seemed to be standing a few feet away from the bed, and saw myself laying there. But then I saw someone in a robe standing at the bedside, though his back was turned and I couldn't see his face. I could hear him gently speaking, and I knew it was my Lord Jesus, speaking life and encouragement into my spirit. I saw him reach down and touch my shoulder, which I then *felt* and awakened. From that point, I knew - for I'd been strongly reminded, that Jesus has promised that he would never leave us nor forsake us. And that even in the worst of times, we will never need fear that we're facing anything alone, for He truly is always at our side and that he loves us and cares for us beyond what we can comprehend. I know that I nearly died this time, just as I'm certain that the Lord helped and healed me. I'm feeling better than I have since before the first time that I had the virus and am grateful to God for his love, mercy, and kindness towards me in Jesus Christ. When I'd shared this testimony with the Pastor of the church we attend, he shared his own testimony. I knew he'd also had the virus a couple weeks before me, but I hadn't known that he'd had the same experience in nearly every detail - that he'd also seen our Lord Jesus Christ and experienced his merciful touch. Yes, there is a spiritual aspect to this illness, and I suspect there is to most every illness. Otherwise, how could our Lord rebuke a fever and it obey and depart? Yet in this season, this virus seems to bring sickness not just to the body but also makes one especially vulnerable to affliction of the soul by the realm of darkness, which is to say the demonic. Yet Jesus Christ has promised us that He loves us and is with us always, and no matter how dark or troubled the times and world may become, we need only trust in the name of Jesus Christ, the power of the Holy Spirit, the truth of the Word of God, and in the love and faithfulness of our Father in Heaven. In Christ we have the victory, and as it is written we shall overcome every scheme of the enemy by the precious blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.
Swkh310 posted a comment · Jan 27, 2022
"...while people are dying like flies on every side from it, and it has worse effectiveness than non vaccinating in preventing spread..." Lies, lies, lies. THAT is the source of fear.
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Jesusisalive posted a comment · Jan 27, 2022
The presence of demons can be the cause of negative emotions, like fear and worry, esp if these emotions are not based on real danger. God wants to free us, not fear us. But lies have been put in place to make us worry and fear. Eve's experience with the forbidden fruit is in sync with the average man or woman being told, just take the vaccine, it is safe and effective, while people are dying like flies on every side from it, and it has worse effectiveness than non vaccinating in preventing spread. Fear is the main tool of the media, and its demon masters, in spreading this vaccine epidemic. Rational thought wins the day, however.
Swkh310 posted a comment · Jan 26, 2022
There is no elephant in the room. There is science—empirical, peer-reviewed— that has proven vaccines work. Then there are the dangerous, childish conspiracy theorists who are so willfully deaf, dumb, and blind that their chosen ignorance keeps the rest of the thinking world in peril. Tragically, it seems that the selfish and the stupid minority will continue to keep innocents gasping for survival. The virus is REAL. Get vaccinated. Get boosted. Always Wear a mask. Compulsively was your hands.
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SteveW posted a comment · Jan 25, 2022
I am puzzled as to why Dr Brown keeps banging on about Covid whilst ignoring the elephant in the room, the dangerous experimental gene therapy "vaccines"? The Covid pandemic was largely a hoax but the vaccine deaths and injuries most certainly are not. I think you need to reset your sights, Dr Brown.
Swkh310 posted a comment · Jan 24, 2022
What whining wimps our generation can be! Our parents live through a 10 year depression, during which they endured a two-year dustbowl, all of which was then followed by a four year world war. And some members of our generation whine about having to wear a mask for two years while we go about the rest of our lives in an otherwise ordinary fashion. Pathetic.