...because I feel like I've been playing Frogger with COVID since the get-go.
Tonight: HS-age son just got a neg COVID result (for now); he has a friend that just tested positive. DS is vaxxed, boosted, and masked (surgical, but not KN95--even though we have them and I urge them).
Recently: H (who works around large # of people and doesn't mask, and who has had 2 Vax doses, but not boostered) had a "bad cold"...ya, a "bad cold" I thought. Finally tested 3 times because his blood oxygen was in the low 80's. Neg on all 3 COVID tests, neg on influenza, no blood clots, no pneumonia. It was a bad cold that turned to bronchitis.
However, H & his Doc (and I) all think he likely DID have COVID back in Nov when he had his first "bad cold" and a negative COVID result. He was very slow to recover from that "cold" and lost his sense of smell.
In General: I'm a HS teacher in a school of 1100 students and about 100 staff. We are currently in a *"masks are highly recommended" mode with live instruction 5 days a week and with the vaccination rate among teens in my county at a bit under 50%.
*In practice, "highly recommended" results in about 30% of people in the building wearing masks.
I have 3 risk factors that make me more likely to have serious issues if I contract anything that might go to pneumonia or bronchitis...and, damn, I'm still raising 2 kids and would love to see that through.
The Mayo Clinic COVID map for my state has put my county in the dark burgandy range for the past week and my entire state (minus 2 counties) is predicted to go black in the next 2 weeks. (Darker colors on the map mean higher COVID rates.)
I live in a state that is suing the fed government about the vaccine mandates. Yet, our governor (who supports the lawsuit and who has canceled all state mask mandates months ago) tapped the National Guard to help support our overrun, understaffed hospitals.
So, a teaching colleague of mine (in a district that is struggling to cover teacher absences with subs) spent Oct-Dec supporting hospitals in our state. Necessary? Yes Inconvenient? Yes Bizzare that we are tapping the Nat Guard to support hospitals, but only "suggesting" preventive measures while our medical personnel are overworked and hospitals are being overrun? IMO, yes.
Like many people, everyday seems like a Frogger day at work to me.
So, me? Vaxxed, boostered, KN95 masked, and hopping back across the highway, hoping to reach the other side.
One poster on this thread said:
I feel that we're all participating in a huge experiment.
I think everything life throws at us--storms, wars, economic crashes--is a huge experiment for humanity. This one--a pandemic--is more "sciency." And that's difficult, because science is an ever-evolving discipline.
Do I distrust new medicines and worry about their unforeseen side effects? Hell, ya! I usually, seriously, tough it out and wait at least 5 years before I jump on a new drug bandwagon. But I did get the COVID vaccine, because, for me, the risk of getting COVID and it getting serious seemed more likely--thus, the greater risk. Now, I keep getting boostered for myself and to hopefully prevent some spread to others too.