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.