COVID-19

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Well after dodging it all this time I got it.

My boyfriend went to a big team event last week on Wednesday and he was already feeling a bit off the next day but I just thought he drank too much. On Friday two people at his work were sick and went home and then he was sick.

We live together so it was hard to not be around him. Well since Sunday I felt shit. I have never felt so bad honestly, just sooo exhausted.

Luckily I have no problems with my lungs but my temperature is going up and down all the time. I am barely hungry. I had a horrible headache for 3 days but I am slowly feeling better.

I am still exhausted but my boyfriend is well again, it‘s just taking more time with me.
 
We had a work event, just shared the pictures in Slack and everyone was like yeah that was fun again!
One messages below is the news that one person tested positive on COVID now after, welp.

Thank god I wasn't close to them.
Turns out I was next to them the whole event as they have the same name and I messed up the surnames. Welp!

Of course... I felt I had a big after lunch dip (I ate too much) but it was way past lunch soo... We'll see.
 
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Think I might have it - weird discoloured patch on my tongue which is kind of numb and tingly, hint of a sore throat, no other symptoms.
Rapid test says no.
 
So my sense of smell was fine when I was actively sick, but now that I'm about a week post symptomatic, it seems to be gone unless it's something extremely fragrant right under my nose (cinnamon, coconut, pine, etc.). Did anyone else experience that and how long did it last?
 
Turns out I was next to them the whole event as they have the same name and I messed up the surnames. Welp!

Of course... I felt I had a big after lunch dip (I ate too much) but it was way past lunch soo... We'll see.
I tested negative on Friday, so good for me!
And another colleague tested positive on Saturday... And I hugged him a few times lols

But still going strong!
 
So my sense of smell was fine when I was actively sick, but now that I'm about a week post symptomatic, it seems to be gone unless it's something extremely fragrant right under my nose (cinnamon, coconut, pine, etc.). Did anyone else experience that and how long did it last?

Most cases of loss of smell/taste clear up within a few weeks or months.

Or, you could be like me, who is now 2 years and 4 months post-Covid and still can’t smell or taste properly…
 
Don’t wanna be a Debbie Downer but this article on how the western world is sleep-walking into disaster with our “living with Covid” strategies is completely terrifying.

New research shows:
  • Infection with covid does not give you protection against future infection
  • Each reinfection increases the chances of long-term damage to your immune system, increasing the risk of susceptibility to other infections including - you guessed it - Monkeypox
  • Letting the virus run rampant with no mitigation strategies effectively leaves the whole population vulnerable to long-term or even terminal neurological damage and chronic illness
  • Any immunity from vaccines is quickly waning the more Omicron mutates
The pandemic is not over, and it will not likely end for years. It spreads through the air in aerosols like a viral smoke, in distances greater than two metres. The disease (a thrombotic fever) is not mild. Just one infection can destabilize your immune system and age it by 10 years. The risk of long COVID increases with each infection. Reinfections harm the immune system and increase hospitalizations and death even among the vaccinated. (Just watch the data coming out of England and Quebec now.)

Happy Thursday, I guess!
 
Don’t wanna be a Debbie Downer but this article on how the western world is sleep-walking into disaster with our “living with Covid” strategies is completely terrifying.

New research shows:
  • Infection with covid does not give you protection against future infection
  • Each reinfection increases the chances of long-term damage to your immune system, increasing the risk of susceptibility to other infections including - you guessed it - Monkeypox
  • Letting the virus run rampant with no mitigation strategies effectively leaves the whole population vulnerable to long-term or even terminal neurological damage and chronic illness
  • Any immunity from vaccines is quickly waning the more Omicron mutates
The pandemic is not over, and it will not likely end for years. It spreads through the air in aerosols like a viral smoke, in distances greater than two metres. The disease (a thrombotic fever) is not mild. Just one infection can destabilize your immune system and age it by 10 years. The risk of long COVID increases with each infection. Reinfections harm the immune system and increase hospitalizations and death even among the vaccinated. (Just watch the data coming out of England and Quebec now.)

Happy Thursday, I guess!
Yeah once I’m allowed out of the house again I am STAYING masked up.

This one encounter with Covid has been enough of a learning experience.
 
I've been following the articles posted by epidemiologist Katelyn Jetelina, and she's very good. She posts clear, informative articles a few times a week and today she posted about reinfections. The whole article is here, but this section is good information to know:

A few weeks ago, a now infamous VA pre-print was released comparing the risk of poor outcomes (e.g. death, health problems) among those with reinfections to those with primary infections. The viral pre-print sent shockwaves through media, as the study was widely misinterpreted to say the health risks from reinfections are worse than risks from primary infections. This is not what the study showed.

The authors did not compare reinfections to the same person’s primary infection. Instead they compared people with reinfections to a separate cohort of people with primary infections (see figure below). Because of this, the only thing we can conclude is that being infected again is worse than not being infected again, which is expected.

It’s also important to recognize that this sample was high risk: The average person in the study was 62 years old, 25% were smokers, 80-90% were unvaccinated, 30-40% had diabetes, and 19-26% had heart disease. Similarly, among those reinfected, 20% were hospitalized during the first infection. Among those who had three infections, 8.3% were immunocompromised (compared to 1.1% of first infections).

It’s imperative to assess severity of reinfection among high-risk groups. And, clearly, there are vulnerable pockets of people that will get severe reinfections. But, assuming reinfections are more severe than primary infections for everyone is incorrect.

Her stuff is good and has definitely helped allay some anxiety.
 
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