I tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday.
It had been a fairly normal morning; I had been working on new articles, but I didn’t feel right. My throat had that dry feeling you get before a sore throat develops and I was starting to feel a bit nauseous.
So I asked Mrs Mike to find the lateral flow tests we’ve had since she had a scare and I took one. And it said I had Covid-19.
I had no idea where I contracted the disease – if I really have. I had to order up a PCR test for confirmation and won’t actually know until tomorrow.
Mrs Mike was furious about it. She has a few things she wanted to do this week and, faced with the prospect of 10 days in self-isolation, seemed to consider that I had caught the virus as a personal slight against her.
She feels better now, because a woman full of cold from contact tracing told her that, if her test comes back negative, she can still get out and about. I’m not sure that’s a particularly good idea…
And the reactions from some of my friends, when I called round to warn my contacts that they could have it too, were… interesting.
Some of them were very sympathetic, but were utterly uninterested in taking the test themselves; they honestly didn’t see why they should have to.
Others told me horror stories about people like the local pub darts team whose match was called off because half of them had tested positive – so they all went on a pub crawl instead.
And how about the staff at a local hotel who refused vaccination because they believed the lines that Covid-19 was a hoax? Apparently they are both now seriously ill with it. Not only are their own lives in danger but they’ve been all over a hotel, meaning they could be super-spreaders.
That’s most likely where I caught it.
I see from the news that the vast majority of people in intensive care with Covid are unvaccinated.
Prof Pollard is right. There is “ongoing horror” in our ICUs of patients – so many of them young – fighting for their last breath. Nearly all are unvaccinated.
Please, please have your jabs and boosters 🙏 https://t.co/FXuFtyCwVd
— Rachel Clarke (@doctor_oxford) November 23, 2021
And stories about deaths are proliferating again:
No words 😶 https://t.co/8mYq4L8FMF
— Lisa 🐝 #SafeEdForAll (@Sandyboots2020) November 23, 2021
Up until September when I tweeted about Covid/vaccines a friend would often send a DM berating me for falling for the scam. He’s now dead. From Covid.
— Mr Ethical (@nw_nicholas) November 23, 2021
Weekly Covid deaths passed 1,000 for the first time in 8 months and Johnson told us we are in post pandemic and mocked people working from home yesterday 🤦♀️
— Red Kaz #jft97 💙🟨🟥 (@kazzacoey) November 23, 2021
And nobody cares.
It may be because of this: I’m double-vaccinated and I don’t feel too bad. I don’t feel great, but at the moment I’ve had worse bouts of ‘flu.
But the fact is that there are people (like the hotel staff mentioned above) who haven’t had the vaccine – and, I expect, people for whom it won’t be effective.
Nobody seems to care about infecting them.
So the infection rate mounts and the deaths rack up.
I’ll write more about my experiences later.
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