Answering Some COVID Questions

Since we both got COVID and then rebound COVID, I have been doing some research on the subject. Here’s what I learned (references omitted because I’m not feeling well enough to provide them)

I’m fully vaccinated and boosted, or I had COVID before. Why am I sick now? The omicron variants have been shown to work around COVID immunities. That means there is no way to be immunized against it. That’s why Mrs. Lion and I were infected.

If this is true, why bother to be vaccinated? Good question. Even though the current vaccine and boosters don’t provide full immunity, they offer significant protection from severe disease and hospitalization. We didn’t get very sick at all.

You took Paxlovid to knock out the disease. We did. Paxlovid combines two antiviral drugs that prevent COVID from infecting new cells. We both felt fine and tested negative four days after starting it.

Didn’t you get rebound COVID? We did. About a week after testing negative, we both felt under the weather. A home test revealed that we were infected. The symptoms are mild (like a mild cold).

What does that say about Paxlovid? A recent study showed that the drug is effective, but there are a couple of issues that probably cause rebound infections. The first is that the drug isn’t given long enough. The study suggests that if Paxlovid is taken longer, it would probably stop rebound infections. Another possible reason is that some people may metabolize the drug too quickly.

Why not take paxlovid longer? This is the hardest thing for me to accept. According to Pfizer, the purpose of Paxlovid is to prevent severe disease and hospitalization. So far, no patient with rebound COVID has required hospitalization. The CDC advises not to give any further medication for rebound COVID. Our doctors told us that, and we confirmed by reading the CDC notices.

What the hell? I always thought that the idea of immunization and medication was to either prevent or cure a disease. Medical science doesn’t agree. Immunization is considered effective if it prevents severe illness and death. The COVID vaccines and boosters reduce hospitalization by over 90%. They also reduce the death rate to near zero. No, it doesn’t stop all infections. It stops a lot and reduces the severity of the rest.

Paxlovid is similar. It made us feel better and test negative in just a few days. We were shocked when we got sick and tested positive a week later. Mrs. Lion does feel tired and stuffy, but she feels well enough to go to work (she works from home). I have the same symptoms and am well enough to work on my book. We don’t have fevers and agree that we aren’t very sick.

The biggest risk we pose is infecting others. We’re self-isolating. That’s not a big deal for us. We don’t particularly like to go out. Not too bad when you consider that COVID has killed over a million Americans.

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5 Comments

  1. You sure are lucky not to be one of the “millions” of Americans killed by this virus and car accidents and heart disease and phemoinia, and other closely related ailments listed on death certificates….I don’t believe any reports that came from the CDC, FDA, NIH or World Health Organizations, I will not comply to these vaccine mandates, I have had flu symptoms that lasted maybe a week same with my wife. I had the Hong Kong FLU in 1968 killed over 100,000 people in the US. Worst sickness I have ever had, but I will not get these genetically modified proteins injected into my system ever. Don’t try to force me, I feel so bad for the Military personnel that have been stripped of the “constitutional rights” to choose not to be injected, I won’t use the term vaccinated, its misleading. Soon Pharmaceutical companies and their affiliates will rule the world. Have you checked with the FLCCC Alliance they don’t have skin in the game just the healthcare of their patients?

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      You are entitled to your opinion.

  2. Hope you are feeling better!
    I think one thing that is not discussed enough is that giving people a weak vaccine (one that does not stop transmission and does not stop the disease) is like giving people only a half course of antibiotics. You get variant escape that is increasingly vaccine resistant. Apparently early attempts at vaccines against Coranavirus showed this effect in animal studies. So the reason we continue to have to deal with these endless variations may well be the vaccine itself. Food for thought.

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      Coronavirus, particularly SARS, is extremely difficult to control. It mutates very rapidly. With a deadly disease like COVID, public health safety requires doing anything possible to reduce infection and, failing that, the severity of the virus. While you might be right that a less-than-perfect vaccine allowed mutation, it also saved lives. The most recent mutation is more contagious and a lot less severe. I have it, and I’m not very sick. No vaccine would have allowed the original virus unchecked ability to rampage. Don’t believe me? Look at Africa, where the vaccine is in very short supply. Mortality and hospitalizations are off the chart.

      COVID and immunization aren’t political issues. We don’t have a perfect solution. What we have is something that saves lives. It’s like the flu vaccine (another SARS virus). It doesn’t guarantee that you won’t get sick, but usually makes the illness milder.

  3. Good food for thought but please tell me this is not a genetically modified protein made to imitate an antibody vaccine, you realize it did required a national emergency for the FDA to allow it. This is all while evidence from the CDC showed that we had a higher then 98 percent survival rate from this virus. Too many questions about this so called, vaccine for me. Have we learned anything from the past?

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