We are overwhelmed by people who actively and hatefully don’t care
After more than two years of being careful with my own health and the well-being of those around me, I contracted COVID-19 on July 6.
I was visiting family in Mobile, Alabama, a state that is last in the tests, second only to Oklahoma, but like many people reading these words right now, my southern family opposes trends and attitudes of their politically ill-conceived state. They actively campaign against “Governor Meemaw”, Kay Ivey, and they are regularly tested for COVID-19.
The day I started getting sick was wonderful. I was sitting on the porch of a century-old house on Dog River, soaking up the good vibes and the remnants of the fireworks when I instantly developed a hard tickle in my throat. I was convinced I had inhaled one of the large flying insects that buzz the cattails along the shore. The next day, I was sweating in my Airbnb as my wife and son continued to enjoy Southern hospitality.
But another day later my son got it and then my wife contracted it the next day. We all three tested positive at the same time. We felt like characters from “The Walking Dead” who went through nine seasons, only to get bitten at the end of the series.
We were lucky enough to have a close family friend in Mobile who happens to be a doctor, and she prescribed Paxlovid for us. Paxlovid, a combination tray of antiviral drugs nirmatrelvir and ritonavir that was approved for emergency treatment in December 2021, can significantly shorten the worst symptoms of coronavirus. The main side effect, on the other hand, is a lingering metallic citrus taste in the mouth that is reminiscent of drinking a truly caustic IPA.
Our continuing weakness forced us to extend our stay in Mobile, as 14-hour trips to Oklahoma are best reserved for well-rested, healthy people who can keep their heads straight. We needed to find a second Airbnb that would accommodate a sick family. We were lucky and settled into a couple of miserable days in bed, interrupted by carefully ordered food deliveries.
The drive back to Oklahoma felt like a death march.
I have now tested negative for COVID-19, but the fatigue and congestion won’t let go of my system. On Sunday evening, I slept for more than 10 hours, only to wake up exhausted. This is clearly a case of “long COVID”, as I’m barely able to write this column without feeling like my head is going to bounce off my desk, and this fatigue shows no signs of letting up. I feel like I’m falling on the dance floor during an extended mix of this disease.
Dr. Theresa Chapple, a nationally recognized epidemiologist who is now director of public health in Oak Park, Illinois, is one of the loudest voices of reason in the COVID wilderness that now characterizes life in America. . Commenting on the rise in monkeypox cases, which reached 1,470 cases last week, Chapple pointed out that the previous outbreak in 2003 only reached 47 cases.
“Is it time to say the quiet part out loud?” Chapple tweeted on July 15. “Our individualized perspective of public health has ruined our ability to control disease.”
“An individualized perspective on public health” is a professional and super cool way of saying that the Trumpy fools who have taken to Facebook to spread misinformation and assert their individual rights to deny science are the reason me and probably too many of you are getting COVID-19.
This BA.5 variant means business. It doesn’t matter if you had COVID just a few weeks ago – BA.5 reintroduces you to the unique misery of this virus, and it doesn’t recognize your “research” as medically valid.
I am now approaching two weeks of treatment for the after-effects of COVID-19. The dull headache, the pain behind my eyes and, most annoyingly, my lack of strength after months of improving my health through exercise and nutrition hit me.
My mind keeps returning to that mentally deprived person I saw just before I succumbed to COVID. He pulled his pontoon boat onto a beach in Gulf Shores, a boat adorned with Trump/Desantis flags. He also wore a red Trump swimsuit.
This man was having a hell of a time being a public asshole about his personal opinions. We need to stop confusing opinion with truth and wild guesses about livestock worming as a science because there is no reason why someone as vaccinated as me would have contracted this virus two and a half years ago after its appearance. It shows that your sense of personal responsibility can be overwhelmed by people who actively and hatefully don’t care.
Last updated July 18, 2022, 1:48 p.m. by Brett Dickerson – Editor