Pandemic Update for 2022-04-30: Normalcy — 5 Comments

  1. 1. Ironically, with the apparent trend toward lower numbers on CoV-2 recently, Vera and I have seen the highest incidence of infections (positives, not hospitalizations) in our area / neighborhood over the past two months. We also had two deaths that may or may not have been Covid-related. We have taken the stance of more social distancing / masking, and continuing self-isolation. The fatigue is there for us on the state of the disease in the US, but we’re as resolute as ever on staying safe.

    2. Can’t wait to see the movie about the making(?) of “Rust”!

    3. Good to see you back again, Keith!

    • Thanks, Ron. Who was it who said “I don’t like writing, but I like having written”? (Ah, it was Frank Norris.) I actually do like writing, but I like having written more.

      We’re still being careful too. Masks in indoor public places like stores etc., but no real worries outside. Have not flown yet — we took a long and arduous road trip last month in preference to that. With Paxlovid in easier supply (but see above), we probably would not get hospitalized or die if exposed. But long Covid is something I just do not want to mess with.

      Someone recently opined (perhaps on TWiV?) that the conditions now are about as good as they are going to get for the foreseeable future. So at some point we will probably have to throw in the towel, er, mask, and join the rest of the country. I will feel better about it when there is an inhalable vaccine that blocks infection. 2023 perhaps.

  2. Ironically, viruses have their ways. While Vera and I are usually quite cautious about viral protection, e.g., Covid. I guess we (I) got a little complacent with the good, ol’ common cold viruses. So despite my social-distancing and masking, we can’t always get away from everyone and everything. As a consequence, I came home from our recent trip to New Orleans having to deal with the symptoms of a cold infection. Go figure! I haven’t had a cold in over four years. So after taking a couple of self-tests for Covid-19 (both negative), I had to cancel a number of activities for the past two weeks to avoid spreading this nasty “normal” virus. Yuck! Symptoms all gone, but I’m now fairly religious about hand-washing and wiping down surfaces. Covid’s not the only game in town!

    • Interesting, that. Older folks don’t tend to get colds, certainly not like kids do, after a lifetime of making defenses against OC43, 229E, and the other two guys.[*]

      [*] What are the four biggest things you hate about U2? Bono, The Edge, and the other two guys.

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