lightsaber wrote:Noris wrote:DocLightning wrote:
Why have smoke detectors if your house will never burn down?
You never know when you will encounter it and once you do, it is far too late to get vaccinated.
Do you know how many patients I've told they have COVID and suddenly they ask if they can get the vaccine? That's not how it works.
As for me, I just had my third dose. Within about a week I'll be able to have a full-on superspreader cough in my face and almost certainly won't get sick. The cost of this? My arm hurts today.
DocLightning, my arm hurts today as well after my booster jab and I have to say this is one of the best posts I have read on any of these forums recently. I hope that people read it and inwardly absorb.
I have lost a family member in their seventies to Covid, and two work colleagues, one in their fifties and one in their thirties. None of them had any underlying conditions.
I implore people to get vaccinated and get a booster jab if you can - not doing so is madness.
My condolences on your losses. I lost a coworker (unhealthy, age 65). My daughter lost a young (age 10) healthy classmate and the child's late 30s father succumbed and I know a healthy 15 year old who passed away.
I personally am boosted. I'm having to persuade friend by friend to boost. My older child has been vaccinated for 5 months, the younger will get the 2nd jab late in the Thanksgiving holiday.
I personally am getting out more thanks to the younger one being jabbed (I read a few journal papers and that age does better with one jab than my age with two).
What I notice is few wear masks. Exposure will be with a higher viral load. That means the unvaxed are going to be in trouble.
I feel for my friends with younger kids. They are quite concerned they cannot vaccinate them.
Lightsaber - Thank you for your condolences, they are appreciated. I send the same to you.
A member of my household is undergoing TKI (Tyrosine Kinase Inhibiting) therapy for a GIST so we were shielding for the first part of the pandemic until around February 2021, at this point we'd all had a jab and cases were falling. After our second jabs around May, we all started doing some of the things we did before the pandemic started, going out shopping and so on, although much less often, and always wearing a mask. Now we are all boosted and a week or two down the line, we'll probably start to increase the frequency with which we do this.
As you state, most people no longer wear masks, even though it's a simple and painless way to prevent and reduce transmission. I don't understand the selfish mentality of some people with their point blank refusals to wear one. Fortunately for the unvaccinated (and everybody else), mandatory vaccination is coming to the EU - likely sooner rather than later. Indirect mandatory vaccination is coming to the UK as well if you want to go abroad on holiday.
A few people I know have unvaccinated teenage and slightly younger kids, most of them have ended up with Covid and it has spread through their households quickly, with all of them having to isolate at some point. Luckily, the adults were double jabbed and recovered and so did the children, not all of them quickly though.
I'm looking forward to the end of this pandemic, although at this rate, I don't think it's going to be anytime soon.... 2023 at best, maybe?