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festerw

Minister of Fire
Nov 16, 2009
548
Cambridge Springs, PA
Two friends of mine also lost their sense of taste last April and haven't regained it. Both were hoping they would be one of the ones that regained it after vaccination but it still hasn't come back.

Another acquaintance just lost his battle with Covid last night after being on a ventilator since last week. Super nice guy that ended up leaving behind a wife who is still fighting her own battle with Covid and 2 children.

Regardless of anyones thoughts on vaccines this virus isn't going away. Stay safe out there.
 

kennyp2339

Minister of Fire
Feb 16, 2014
6,532
07462
I'm having a little scare right now, kind of trended down hill as today progressed, started off just tired, but I shrugged it off since I kick my yards butt yesterday all day. Now I have 100deg fever and sore throat.. no loss of taste though so thats keeping me relatively calm so to speak, I just feel like a bum right now, but not really sick either, just meh.
I dont think I was with anyone that had it, nor have I been on any emergency calls with someone sick (we're prob safer when I'm doing emergency calls since we take our bsi precautions very seriously.
I'm fully vaccinated so I think I'm just going to see how I feel in the am, re-assess from there.
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
4,353
Long Island NY
There are other viruses going around. Given our situation, I'd see if you can do a test before getting around others?

Good luck.
 
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kennyp2339

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Feb 16, 2014
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There are other viruses going around. Given our situation, I'd see if you can do a test before getting around others?

Good luck.
Oh def, I will more then likely wear a mask at the shop tomorrow to if I go in, idk just thought I would share my experience so far.
 
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SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
6,727
Downeast Maine
Oh def, I will more then likely wear a mask at the shop tomorrow to if I go in, idk just thought I would share my experience so far.
It's worth it to get a test and wear a mask. It would be a shame to get someone else at your shop sick who can't handle it as well
 

clancey

Minister of Fire
Feb 26, 2021
2,314
Colorado
Gargle with warm salt water and take plenty of vitamin C as well as zinc that might help..Drink plenty if liquid hot teas and whatever is going to make you want more to drink--juices or whatever maybe fancy water and if you have Ensure vanilla drink that....no chills stay warm...you will do be up and at it in a few days...Drink that Ensure and get everything out don.t swallow any of it --even if you have to sit there and not move....clancey
 

jatoxico

Minister of Fire
Aug 8, 2011
4,366
Long Island NY
I got boosted (Moderna) through work in early November and had no effects that stand out. Even the sore arm thing was barely noticeable esp compared to the first two doses.

I ended up w/ something in the roughly 2/3 weeks leading into XMas. Didn't think it was COVID but around that time Omicron was starting to rear its head. Generally not bad enough to miss any work but it lingered and I did have one Saturday into Sunday where I was pretty knocked out.

Was beginning to feel better then I found out I was exposed to COVID XMas day. Based on that alone I went to get tested three days later and came up positive on the PCR and a couple days later using the less sensitive home test (antigen). Had mild symptoms two days later. The poor nurse that administered the test was telling me they're just getting run ragged.

I don't know if what I had leading up to XMas was COVID or not. Seems a bit unlikely to be positive more than three weeks out from first symptoms, especially on the home test but who knows?

In any case I was a break through COVID. If what I had before the holiday was something else and my COVID exposure did in fact happen on XMas then symptoms were pretty mild. Was that because it was Omicron, because I was vaxxed or both, again who knows? My wife and 2 college aged kids (all vaxxed) who were also exposed did not get it.
 

fire_man

Minister of Fire
Feb 6, 2009
2,655
North Eastern MA
You certainly helped to keep the symptoms mild with the booster. Glad to hear it.
 
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tlc1976

Minister of Fire
Oct 7, 2012
1,023
Northwest Lower Michigan
The last 2 of my surrounding coworkers were out Friday with it. One had zero symptoms, the other had been in the office coughing and sore throat since Wednesday. So far so good with me, hope it stays that way. The other 3 surrounding me already had it so I’d be the last one, unless I already did and had no symptoms.
 

gzecc

Minister of Fire
Sep 24, 2008
4,907
NNJ
My kids brought it Christmas visit ( assume omicron). All from their previous visit in penn. All got sick in PA and NJ. Generally the older you were the sicker you were. The 20 somethings generally had mild cold like symptoms and or sneezing. We did have positive Covid tests. Everyone recovered without hospital visits.
 

firefighterjake

Minister of Fire
Jul 22, 2008
19,592
Unity/Bangor, Maine
Well . . . despite the shots and booster . . . I ended up with Covid 19 . . . and then spread it to my wife.

I am about 95% positive I was one of those folks who got the early round of Covid 19 before it was really making the rounds in the news as well way back in early 2020 as I was really, really sick for several days in December 2019 or early January 2020. Back then I was literally in bed for two or three days, hacking, no appetite (which is something for a fat guy like me) and my sense of taste was dulled for a few days.

In either case it was motivation for me to get the full work up and I thought I did pretty well . . . until two Saturdays ago when once again I was laid right out. Spent all of the day in bed. The good news is despite still having a sore throat and cough, I was able to bounce back pretty quickly. The bad news . . . the positive Covid test meant I was restricted from work for the week.

Pretty sure I know where I caught it . . . not more than three or four days before I was at one of the schools that I go to and the librarian was telling me that the school was having an outbreak. She also let me know via e-mail when I told her I would not be in last week that she too had Covid.

In any case, seeing as marriage is a partnership I ended up spreading it to my wife (also vaccinated) who came down with worse symptoms than me. Brought her to the ER yesterday for some issues with breathing, but she was given some meds to bring down some of the inflammation in her lungs. She also has a diminished sense of taste . . . which is too bad since we typically go out to eat on her birthday (tomorrow.) Needless to say, I am on "the list" for bringing home the corona virus.
 

kennyp2339

Minister of Fire
Feb 16, 2014
6,532
07462
Covid infected my father really bad, he was hospitalized for 6 days, released and on home oxygen for the time being, everyday he's been getting a little bit better.
At the height of his illness which was day 8 or 10 he had a 103 deg fever and o2 rates in the upper 70's, he gave my mom such a hard time with going to the hospital, we finally got him talked into going, basically my sister aked him over the phone why he wanted to stay home and die a slow death, that was enough to convince him to go, he was admitted asap and placed on oxygen, tested positive immediately. He's now home on O2 holding steady in the mid 90's and will likely be back to full power in another week or so.
Certainly a scare for us, unfortunately the idea of vaccinations, medications, and even the confirmation of having covid is not sticking with him, its like talking to a rock that is in denial.
 

Dan Freeman

Feeling the Heat
Dec 3, 2021
317
NE PA
rumble.com
Sorry to hear about the Covid infection for you and your wife @firefighterjake and your father @kennyp2339. No Covid for us in two years and we are not vaccinated. We take Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc every day, and we haven't even had a cold in over 2 years and were both senior citizens. We plan to keep this regimen going without the "vaccine".
 
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rottiman

Minister of Fire
Sep 23, 2009
1,249
Ontario Canada
We are both in our 70's and have good health for our ages. Both of us have been vaxed and maintain our normal lo-profile country lifestyle. When we do venture into town to shop each week we mask up in the store. Other wise, life goes on as normal. We also do not pay attention to all of the media fear factor whether it involves covid or the next "catastrophic " event that the media is pushing down their "fear factor" tunnel of mis-information.
 

bigealta

Minister of Fire
May 22, 2010
654
Utah, NJ
Had 2 moderna shots 2/9 & 3/9 last year, and 1 moderna booster in November. Tested Positive Dec. 22 (Rapid PCR at Dr. office). Had No symptoms, only tested because we were going to x mass party for family. Wife also had 3 shots of moderna. She tested negative 5 times over that week, which is crazy because she takes train, subway and bus and works at a school in NYC. I'm sure she already had it sometime before. I never had any symptom. Only reaction to shots were getting tired day of shot and sleeping it off, and a sort of sore arm. No big deal. I'm sure the Vac, helped me as i'm at high risk for bad outcome. I wore masks every time i was inside and was not in contact with many people through out the last 2 years. Now no one wears masks as almost everyone i know has had positive test. Some friends got it twice.
And my friends wife 3 times.
If i did not get tested i would swear i never had it.
 

fire_man

Minister of Fire
Feb 6, 2009
2,655
North Eastern MA
My daughter worked directly with covid patients in a hospital and as a cashier in a major grocery store so our household was Covid ground zero.

Sure enough my wife got it but it was mild as anticipated thanks to being fully vaccinated.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
92,752
South Puget Sound, WA
Sorry to hear this Jake. I hope your wife recovers soon. Covid is now presenting a much more serious in caseload than last winter. Our community did really well until the kids went back to school. It started spreading like wildfire through the high school, primarily starting with sporting events like wrestling. Of course the kids bring it home and infect the rest of the family along with friends they hang out with. This has caused a big spike here.
And that spike found my wife a few weeks ago. She only went to the library, (no contact) and to the grocery store, but got infected and a few days later had symptoms. The next day it was clear that she was pretty sick and she got tested with the PCR test which came back positive. That day I took the antigen test (negative) and my son and I took the PCR test which takes 48 hrs to get the results. Both of our tests came back negative and we never caught Covid in spite of it being in the house. Everyone is fully vaccinated and boosted. We're pretty sure she caught it because my son and I only use KN95 masks but my wife was using a cloth mask with an N95 filter. (It's prettier). Anyhow, she has recovered fully now. Most of her symptoms were flu-like with a bit of congestion and headaches lingering for a few days afterward. We are out of quarantine now and in the clear, till the next incident. We're grateful that she was able to recover at home without medical care.
 
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bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
28,148
central pa
My wife tested positive weekend before last and felt like crap but it wasn't all that bad. The rest of us all tested negative multiple times. All 4 of us are vaccinated. I am the only one with a booster. Wife was scheduled for hers last week but postponed it untill later this week now. My daughter is due for her booster in about a month. Son had just gotten his second shot about a month earlier
 

tlc1976

Minister of Fire
Oct 7, 2012
1,023
Northwest Lower Michigan
Everyone in my department at work has had it recently. Plus a bunch of others, some right now. Some are still coughing weeks later. I’ve either not had it or been asymptomatic. Nobody takes any precautions at work, even managers. I just wash my hands regularly and avoid breathing deeply when close to others. I use a mask in stores. With my esophagus issues I avoid restaurants anyway. As with any winter I’m more concerned with norovirus so anything I do to avoid that should keep Covid away. I take a multivitamin with C, D, zinc, and some other stuff. Also since long before Covid was around I was taking aspirin and famotidine for other problems, and at times those were thought to help with Covid too. I’ve had 2 JJ shots, so either they’re working or I’ve just not had the virus. It would be nice to know the answer to that.
 

begreen

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Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
92,752
South Puget Sound, WA
It is a tough situation when people are forced to work in a workplace where there is indifference to spreading Covid. This happened last week to some relatives. No one wears a mask his work and he caught Covid. Now the whole family of 4 persons have it. Two are very sick and two have lupus. This is not the flu and should not be treated like it.
 

gzecc

Minister of Fire
Sep 24, 2008
4,907
NNJ
It is a tough situation when people are forced to work in a workplace where there is indifference to spreading Covid. This happened last week to some relatives. No one wears a mask his work and he caught Covid. Now the whole family of 4 persons have it. Two are very sick and two have lupus. This is not the flu and should not be treated like it.
Unfortunately life isn't fair. Only if your a politician can you hide and protect yourself. Let not forget their Cadillac health plans they manufactured for themselves.
We can't isolate for ever! Life goes on with reasonable precautions.
The most susceptible should isolate more than the normally healthy.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
92,752
South Puget Sound, WA
Unfortunately life isn't fair. Only if your a politician can you hide and protect yourself. Let not forget their Cadillac health plans they manufactured for themselves.
We can't isolate for ever! Life goes on with reasonable precautions.
The most susceptible should isolate more than the normally healthy.
This is not about isolation, it's about common respect. As long as we are in this situation, wearing a mask when in common working areas is just good hygiene and shared respect. In other words, reasonable precautions. It's hard for many to isolate themselves when their paycheck depends on them being in the office or place of work.
 
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