Pandemic: Life on the ground

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What? No one wished me well? Heck with you guys!
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An attempt to return to topic.

I'm getting the 4th shot on Tuesday. A couple of weeks in advance of a trip to Florida. Will report on side effects if only for my own documentation here. Third shot knocked me out for, I think, 4 days. :shock:
Pfizer reinforcements reported for duty 3 hours ago. Already yawning. See? I wasn't joking. :lol:

Pillow and blankie here I come!
Only a bit sleepy when I wrote the above post. Just a little tired when going up flights of stairs but nothing like the last time. Piece. of. cake! 8-)
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Jersey Girl wrote:
Wed Apr 06, 2022 10:57 pm
Piece. of. cake!
Fortunately, that's how it is for pretty well everybody. That needs to be said from time to time, since otherwise we only hear from the rare people who have felt bad for a while.

I'm now looking forward to number 4!
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Here in the Pacific Northwest, where we celebrated our first 70 degree day of the year yesterday, we are fully on board with the grand experiment: can we make a pandemic go away by ignoring it. For the first time since the pandemic began, very few people are wearing masks indoors in public spaces. My favorite local game pub has mask wearing at about 20% last time I was in. So how's it going?

We bottomed out of the Omicron surge at about 10 new cases per 100,000 per week with around a 5% positive test rate. The number of hospitalized COVID patients in the county bottomed out at around 15. Not bad at all.

But that was a couple of weeks ago. Now with "let 'er rip" in full swing, our transmission rate has tripled to 30 and our positive rate doubled to 10%. We won't be seeing a positivity rate going forward, as the health district is shutting down its test sites over the weekend. Hospitalized COVID patients are increasing, too. Just a little for now, to 21.

I have a theory about the B.A.2 surge: it will hit those that have been careful to date the hardest. Unlike the Omicron surge, which hit states with low rates of vaccination the hardest, the B.A.2 surge is hitting states with high rates of vaccination the hardest. Right now, the highest rates of increase in cases and hospitalizations is in New England, where rates of vaccination are relatively high. Why? Because all those folks who have been very careful to get vaccinated, wear masks, socially distance, avoid crowded indoor spaces, etc. have been told by the CDC and other government leaders that all you really need is the vaccine and you'll be okay. So 10s of millions of people have abandoned some of the behavioral changes that have kept them safe so far. Will they actually be safe? Well, that's the experiment we're all now part of.

My appointment for shot number 4 is tomorrow. I plan to work from home next week until I see the new numbers on cases and hospitalizations from my health district. I'm also keeping my eye on the neighboring county, which is where my downtown office is. If the numbers go up again, I'm going to assume that let 'er rip is completely FUBAR and hunker down through yet another wave. Except for outdoor activities that don't involve crowds. I'm getting out and hiking this summer -- there are lots of less popular hikes that are on my list.

Ms. Ipsa got number 4 yesterday. Just typical arm soreness.
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So...the Boy had an appointment for this afternoon at a Walgreens store. They sent a text out a few hours ago saying they ran out of vaccine doses. :shock:

He immediately got an appointment for today at a Safeway grocery store pharmacy.
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I got shot number 4 on Saturday morning. I switched things up and got a Pfizer booster after three Modernas. Saturday I had the usual stiff arm and a mild headache. Played board games for about 7 hours and, other than the headache, felt fine. Sunday, more headache and stomach upset. Yesterday about noon I was hit by a train and slept the rest of the day. Today I'm feeling fine. I'd never had a shot that knocked my out quite like yesterday. Maybe mixing Bill Gates microchips and Jeff Bezos microchips wasn't a good idea... :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Res Ipsa wrote:
Tue Apr 12, 2022 3:52 pm
I got shot number 4 on Saturday morning. I switched things up and got a Pfizer booster after three Modernas. Saturday I had the usual stiff arm and a mild headache. Played board games for about 7 hours and, other than the headache, felt fine. Sunday, more headache and stomach upset. Yesterday about noon I was hit by a train and slept the rest of the day. Today I'm feeling fine. I'd never had a shot that knocked my out quite like yesterday. Maybe mixing Bill Gates microchips and Jeff Bezos microchips wasn't a good idea... :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Yikes! That's what Pfizer did to me on the 3rd shot but thankfully only the fatigue. I guess this is what happens when you Prime your immune system. So be it!
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After initially taking Pfizer, I decided to take my second booster with Moderna. I heard that mixing the 2 gives you more of a 'full spectrum' of protection, as Pfizer and Moderna both have their strengths and weaknesses. I actually felt a little fatigued for a day after, and the injection site was surprisingly sore. Other than than fatigue and soreness? Nothing. Back to normal after 2 days.
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Ed Yong’s latest piece in the Atlantic. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/arch ... ef/629537/ It’s not about the virus, but about the grief of those who have lost loved ones.
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MeDotOrg wrote:
Tue Apr 12, 2022 8:47 pm
After initially taking Pfizer, I decided to take my second booster with Moderna. I heard that mixing the 2 gives you more of a 'full spectrum' of protection, as Pfizer and Moderna both have their strengths and weaknesses. I actually felt a little fatigued for a day after, and the injection site was surprisingly sore. Other than than fatigue and soreness? Nothing. Back to normal after 2 days.
Oh, you mixed vaccines, too? Maybe next time I'll give that a go if they don't come out with a new vaccine.
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Here’s a helpful thread about navigating the system to get treatment if needed.

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1514 ... 73775.html
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