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I Don’t Have Covid [Any More]

I have now largely recovered from having the Omicron version of Covid. It wasn’t a mild experience for me. I’m 52 and have no underlying health problems but my symptoms were unpleasant and lasted a full two weeks. It was a proper flu. I don’t know why I had it so strongly when plenty of people much older than I had it more mildly. But that’s how Covid-19 works – it kills some, and others don’t even know they have it because their symptoms are so mild.

I feel that having Covid has made my migraines worse. I’ve had more than usual lately, four or five since becoming ill. That was horrible. So much pain. Also, the anxiety was always there: will it get worse? How bad will it get? When will it end? The Alpha and Delta versions of Covid were known to seem to get better after about a week to ten days and then suddenly get a lot worse, leading to those poor souls having to go into intensive care. This doesn’t generally happen with the Omicron version but I was still worried that I might prove the exception. I didn’t though.

I’m now coughing up the last bits from my chest, it’s my only remaining symptom two-and-a-half weeks after first becoming infected. I strain to clear my throat but I’m on the up. It’s slowly leaving my system and I feel relieved that I will now have natural immunity (on top of my waned and largely ineffective three vaccinations). I believe my natural immunity will be more fulsome, more multifaceted, than vaccine induced immunity and will last much longer.

Here’s to a brighter future?

Life Post Pandemic

Well, actually I don’t think there will be a true “post pandemic” in the near future, possibly ever. There will only be a “living with the pandemic” which, back in the day, was what we used to call “normal life.” I think from now on there will only be a new normal life.

Covid-19 was created in October/November 2019 in the cruel wet markets of the Chinese town of Wuhan, and it is with us forever now. It can’t be undone. In the future it will keep mutating and some of those mutations may be deadly, some mild. There’s not a lot we can do about this, although we can continuously create different vaccines to protect ourselves like we already do with the ‘normal’ flu.

So this is how I think life with Covid will be for us humans from now on:

During the peaks, the sensible ones will squirrel themselves away and spend time at home, if necessary taking the children out of school. And during the troughs we will come out to party, take holidays, drink in pubs, go to the cinemas, enjoy cultural events, and group mixing. Without Government intervention this is probably what will happen, although I fear the majority of people under 30 will take no notice whatsoever and do everything as they usually did, pre-pandemic. It will take them the most time to adjust. Us oldies will watch out for ourselves and our loved ones and try to keep the generation which still thinks of itself as invulnerable and carefree, safe.

I don’t think it’s right that the Government of this glorious liberal democracy that is the UK, lawfully make citizens obliged to do this and that, and not do this and that, with regards Covid. As a country we will need to do what we can to protect the underfunded NHS and vulnerable people in care homes, but we shouldn’t be dictating to the general population what it must do.

Covid is a gift for China of course because it’s the perfect excuse for the dictator Xi Jinping to further control the people he doesn’t like under the guise of lockdowns and “quarantine centres.” For China, the Dark Age has already arrived – the people live in a prison they can’t see. But for us in the West where we enjoy freedom, decision-making, and self-expression, we’re going to have to act a little more responsibly from now on in this New Normal of Covid, keeping ourselves safe – with moderate Government intervention where sensible and prudent.

Flu Jab and Covid-19

I had my flub jab yesterday.
I had Covid-19 nearly six months ago.

Up until now, I’ve felt that I’m more rarely experiencing flare ups of the breathlessness that characterised my Covid-19. In the weeks after I first had it, I was almost permanently slightly breathless, and always coughing, especially in air conditioned environments, such as supermarkets. I then started to have breathless periods less frequently, maybe only about once per week, but it never entirely went away. I feel now as if the flu jab has triggered a flare up. I don’t have to gasp for breath after every word or two as I did in April, but I notice I’m having to pant if I walk briskly around the house, and I only feel that I have relaxed breathing when I sit still for a while. I have that very slight, irritating cough again, as if I’m breathing air conditioned air. There is also a hint of the familiar tight band around my chest and a sensation of cotton wool within the lungs. It’s all so… continuing… and frustrating… and… boring to have it all the time. I don’t want to always be feeling a little bit unwell, which is how having Covid-19 has left me. I’m never quite at full strength, even after nearly six months. I would LOVE to know whether I’m immune to the disease or not, but currently there’s no way of knowing. The likelihood is that Covid-19, similar to other coronaviruses, and can recur multiple times in the same person, possibly within the same year. Luckily, I know I don’t have the actual disease again because I’m required to get tested every two weeks due to volunteering for an NHS Trust and being in contact with patients. But… SIGH. Sometimes Covid-19 is a bit depressing. It just drags on and on and on.