Oh no, I’m Covid 19 positive!

After my mountain bike ride today I felt fine but since we’d acquired some new lateral flow tests for Covid 19 I decided to test myself, having tested twice and been negative twice over the last few days. Guess what?

My wife and son had both tested positive on Saturday and now it’s Wednesday. I had felt some symptoms just like a cold from, I think, Sunday but my son, Dylan, had had the same feelings a couple of days earlier. A day or so later we both felt fine before testing positive later. It was as if we were already over the symptoms before we tested positive and had we not had handy lateral flow tests we would never have known we’d had Covid 19. My wife didn’t get off so lightly and had symptoms like a bad cold but not nearly as serious as real flu, which we have both had once.

I don’t want to trivialise the illness because it could still be serious for vulnerable individuals but my brother said that he’d heard the new Omicron variant described the death throws of a virus. Lets hope that this is true and that the current mutation and any subsequent versions are innocuous. What has shocked me is that my third, booster vaccination left me feeling distinctly ill for around 36 hours whilst the, presumably, Omicron variant has been barely noticeable. I’ve no doubt that if I had not been vaccinated 3 times previously I would now most likely be suffering badly so I feel in no doubt that vaccination is a good thing. Hopefully the future is that we will occasionally be infected with variants of Covid 19 but they will be far less serious than the common cold. Here’s hoping.

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  1. Bummer but proof that the vaccines work. I remember listening to a radio segment last year that effectively predicted Omicron. The theory basically boils down to the fact that for a virus to survive the host needs to be infected but only to a level that doesn’t prevent it moving around, interacting with other hosts and therefore propagating the virus. Over time the variants become less harmful. I’m no specialist but I’m convinced we’ll look back at this time later in the year and see it as the beginning of the end of the pandemic.

    I hope you don’t get any worse and are better soon with no lasting effects 🤞

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    1. kirkmtb says:

      Yes, that’s my hope too. That the virus will weaken to a point where no restrictions are needed.

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  2. So what happens now? Do you need to isolate or be checked out or anything? Glad to hear you aren’t suffering too much from it!

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    1. kirkmtb says:

      We have to self isolate for 7 days after which you need 2 clean lateral flow tests on days 6 and 7. Wife and son should be OK by Sunday but we may have to get help with shopping in the meantime. A supermarket delivery or friends. I believe that nearly all the hospitalisations ATM are unvaccinated or have just had one. The vaccine may not prevent infection but it seems to be making it far less harmful. Andrew.

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  3. Oh, man!!! I am just relieved to hear that you and your family are all OK! I just found out that my 95 yr old grandmother tested positive. She’s had both vaccines, plus the booster as well. We are all, understandably, nervous and anxious about her situation, but so far, she is reporting only mild symptoms. Stay safe and well!!!

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    1. kirkmtb says:

      I hope your grandmother is OK. It seems like the vaccine isn’t preventing infection but it’s making it much less serious. I read that almost all of the people going into hospital in Britain now are not fully vaccinated.

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      1. Thank you so much! I have heard the same thing, here, in the U.S. about the hospitalizations. Let’s hope that this thing will soon be a thing of the past!

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