Where are you COVID-wise?

We are at a crossroads when it comes to COVID, at least in the western world.  

Where are you at?  Please choose the choice that best describes you.

I have already had COVID (and may or may not get the vaccine).
37% (10 votes)
I have been vaccinated.
4% (1 vote)
I intend to be vaccinated.
33% (9 votes)
I have not had COVID and do not intend to be vaccinated.
19% (5 votes)
COVID is really no worse than the flu.
4% (1 vote)
Other
4% (1 vote)
Total votes: 27
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LGCarpenter's picture

My family recently went through the COVID journey.  Of eight in the household, six of us got it.  One in mid-2020, and five of us, one after the other, starting about three months ago.  Those in the younger generation were sick fairly mildly for a few days.  Both my wife and I were down for a week with continuing fatigue and sinus issues for 2-3 weeks more.

Mr. LaVern G. Carpenter

Proverbs 3:1-12

pvawter's picture

We all had COVID the weeks of Christmas and New Years. I don't intend to get the vaccine (but I have never gotten a flu shot, either). For us, COVID was less of a challenge than the flu.

dcbii's picture

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My wife and I don't know for a fact we have had Covid, as we have never been tested, although early last year after international travel, we both came down with something flu-like, with a fever and fatigue for about 5 days.

If we don't get anything with similar symptoms or others that indicate possible Covid, we're still not going to get tested.

Vaccination is a bit more complicated.  Right now, we have no intention of going out to get vaccinated.  That may change if my job ends up requiring it, or if it's required for international travel.  If the authorities would change the mask policy to prohibit requiring masks of people that have been vaccinated, I might sign up.  Without any of those conditions, getting vaccinated is very low on my priority list and will stay that way.

Dave Barnhart

Mark_Smith's picture

To this day I still do not personally know one person who has gotten COVID. I guess I'm excluding the above posters because I do not really know them.

AndyE's picture

Somehow I got COVID in January.  No one else in the family, or my daughter's BJU roommate whom we picked up at the airport right before I got sick, has tested positive or been sick.  My wife works as a nurse and occasionally sees COVID patients. She gets tested about every week, always negative, and now she has both doses of the vaccine. I was signed up to get it but got sick and now have to wait.  I plan to get it as soon as I'm able.  My symptoms were pretty mild, mainly fatigue, slight fever, and headache. 

Bert Perry's picture

About a day napping for myself and my wife, two kids diagnosed but without much symptoms except my son lost his sense of smell, as did my wife and I, for a few days.  The only lingering thing was an irritation in my lungs for a couple of months, since abated.  My 101 year old grandmother and her 103 year old roommate also got it and recovered quickly--the nurses around them, half their age or less, all got it far worse (their nursing home was basically a COVID ward for a while) and were amazed how well they recovered.  I'm glad I've got some of my grandmother's genetics!

Regarding the vaccine, I'll listen to what my doctors recommend when they offer the vaccine to me.  My gut feeling is that if I have good odds of developing immunity and reducing the rate at which the disease progresses with a relatively minor risk to myself, I'll do it.  

But that said, there's something very weird about this disease.  My wife had clear symptoms and a few antibody tests, but never showed positive.  That's probably one big reason I'd take the vaccine--as a good friend of mine in Mayo pathology notes (he specializes in immunity and such)--is that evidently there are different levels of immunity that are often enhanced by repeat injections of the vaccine (or exposure to a virus/bacteria).  That's why many childhood vaccinations are two or three steps.

So it isn't a guarantee of long term immunity (whether that means 1 year, 5 years, or life), or that COVID won't mutate or be replaced by something against which vaccines provide no protection, but at least it's a start.

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

Mark_Smith's picture

You have to be careful with what I am going to say, because there is some kookism out there about this, but it is true that the definition of what "positive" means has changed for COVID over time. Tests "amplify" the DNA in the sample taken to see if there is COVID DNA present. The less amplification needed to get a positive result, the stronger the diagnosis. The problem is, many labs were running several dozen amplifications and labeling people positive when at that level of magnification all kinds of things go wrong. The CDC I believe recently increased the threshold for a positive result (ie less amplification was tolerated). So, a positive test could have been a false positive very easily in the past. 

JSwaim's picture

I had symptoms just before new year's day and got a positive test on 1/2.  I quarantined for 10 days (assuming that I had had COVID for a few days before I tested).  I had a mild fever, but aches and chills as though I had a severe fever.  I also had a cough and slept about 16 hours a day for 6 days.  No one else in my household got symptoms. 

M. Osborne's picture

I had very mild cold symptoms in late January and reluctantly stayed home from church while the family went. I was mostly over it by that Monday. But based on a platelets donation from two weeks later, the Red Cross antibodies test showed positive for antibodies.

Mild cold symptoms went through the whole family, slowly actually (in ones and twos...we have 5 children). We stayed home when we were sick just in case. We didn't suspect anything more than a cold until my wife and daughter couldn't smell things. Eventually my wife got tested even though we were treating it as if we had it. It took 6 days to get her results back, and that was positive.

What's strangest is how long it took for each member to get it. Assuming I had it first, why didn't everyone else get it about the same time? I was looong over it before the last children showed symptoms. Also: I had been out to breakfast with a guy on the day I started showing symptoms. I checked in with him and he has been fine the whole time. On the one hand, this seems ot be a very catchy sort of germ; on the other...we made 0 efforts to isolate from each other within the family and it still took a while to go through the family members.

I have no idea where I picked it up.

Michael Osborne
Philadelphia, PA

Ed Vasicek's picture

To this day I still do not personally know one person who has gotten COVID. I guess I'm excluding the above posters because I do not really know them.

Wow, I've known two 45-year old men who died from it (one a very close friend who was my "Timothy"), and different people I know almost every week get it.  Your situation is quite the rule-breaker.  I also know of (family/friends of people I know) a number of others who have died from it besides the two I knew personally.  It has been rampant here in Indiana.

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