This morning we both took COVID tests. Mrs. Lion finished her five-day course of anti-virals a couple of days ago. I still have one more dose to take tonight. We both tested negative! Amazing! I’m certain we had one of the omicron variants. Still, we didn’t get very sick and felt good only a few days after symptoms started. It was like the mildest cold ever.
I’m sure that the combination of being vaccinated and taking the Pfizer anti-virals turned a serious disease into a small cold. We are both in high-risk groups for COVID. Instead of ending up on a ventilator, we spent a couple of days in bed with stuffy noses. Wow!
I know that some of our readers don’t believe that immunization is useful. We prove that it is. A lot of people don’t understand what this is about. COVID is a SARS coronavirus. The common cold is also a coronavirus. The SARS variants are more deadly than the common cold or flu. I don’t understand the science, but we can’t build up complete immunity to coronaviruses. That’s why after you get a cold or the flu, you can get it again. That’s not true of other viruses like measles.
There isn’t good data available yet, but it’s clear that recovering from COVID only provides limited immunity from another infection. This is also true of vaccines. There is good evidence that vaccination minimizes the effects of infection. Add to that the anti-viral medication and COVID becomes less serious.
It looks like this disease is going to be around for a long time. No, it isn’t just the bad flu. It’s killed over one million Americans. This is far more than the last pandemic, the 1919 influenza epidemic. COVID, even the newer, less deadly variants, still kill. That’s why I’m writing this post. There is a free and easy way to avoid getting very sick. There is also free treatment if you do get sick. The treatment works best if your body is already armed against COVID. The combination of the two turned this disease into a minor inconvenience for us. If you haven’t gotten your COVID shots yet, it isn’t too late.