Well, I have the dreaded Lurgie.
It’s the second time and I’m great, thanks for asking.
The first time I succumbed was right at the start of Lockdown #1. You’ll recall we were all scared to death when Leo channeled his inner Morgan Freeman in Washington. We had no idea what this terrible virus could do, but we knew it could kill. We still know it can, of course, but we also know it probably won’t.
My reaction then and now is different. At the end of March 2020 my sense of taste went immediately; it was the only symptom for 24 hours. It was weird, uncomfortable and a bit off-putting. We didn’t think it was “just the flu” at the time; It was a sinister disease and body bags piling up in Italy – then Spain did nothing to quash that view.
It was horrific – no one needs to be reminded of that. Also just saying you had Covid was a shock. Three of us contracted it and with nowhere to go we circled each other for a fortnight, carefully monitoring symptoms, disinfecting surfaces and each other. PCR tests were just starting, there were no antigen tests, we weren’t allowed to wear masks and everything was closed anyway. We lived in fear.
I kept working because I could and we waited. Groceries were brought in by son #2, people called to show their sympathy, and in all my friend groups I was the first to “get it”. We hadn’t heard of Zoom back then and guards were on the streets stopping people from going anywhere (even today that sounds incredible to me).
This week, this time, it’s a little tedious to shoot some personal work. I had to reschedule a few things, moving them online and canceling dinner with a friend. No big deal. No one batted an eyelid except to ask how I was feeling. In fact, at the moment it seems easier to count the people who do not have Covid.
The game changer, of course, was the introduction of vaccines, and I thank science every day that I’m among the most protected on the planet. This has always been the difference as the pandemic progressed and we cannot assume that we would get there. I listened to some early interviews with experts (who would become famous virologists – which I’m sure they didn’t expect) and they nervously danced around the topic of vaccines.
Honestly, the truth was they just didn’t know if you could create one, let alone in a time frame before millions died.
So now it occurs to me, we really need to change the isolation advice. Employers cannot continue to lay off large parts of the staff because we are “living with Covid”.
Two years ago we didn’t think worse things than Covid would hit the world. We were wrong. Living with Covid let’s do this with sensible precautions: bring back masks indoors and in transport, give yearly refreshers and show up for work unless you feel too ill for it.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/this-is-my-second-bout-with-covid-but-a-lot-has-changed-since-the-first-scare-the-main-thing-being-vaccines-41501411.html This is my second fight with Covid but a lot has changed since the first scare – the main thing is vaccines