As you know, the President was recently infected with the coronavirus BA 5 subvariant. He was fully vaccinated and boosted twice. He started a course of Paxlovid right way. He is now testing negative and didn’t seem to have a serious illness. He will continue to wear a mask per CDC guidance to protect others.
My symptoms were mild, my recovery was quick and I’m feeling great. The entire time I was in isolation I was able to work, to carry out the duties of the office without any interruption. It’s a real statement on where we are in the fight against COVID-19,” Biden said.President Biden, 7/27/2022
To me, this proves that an older person can ‘live’ and even work with COVID-19, providing they follow the same precautions as the President!
We are all living with the coronavirus these days and have been for 2 1/2 years! My husband and I are among the few remaining ‘COVID super dodgers’ out there – to the best of our knowledge! We are fully vaxxed and have been boosted twice. We are pretty good at wearing masks, but not perfect. We test periodically. My husband goes to the gym everyday in his surgical mask. He says only 5 out of maybe 25 fellow gym goers are masked. I do eat in an indoor restaurant at times and don’t have a mask on while I eat. I do mask up in grocery stores and every other indoor space. But we have traveled, visited friends and family, and are living our lives.
I am by no means cocky! As soon as I publish this, we will probably get COVID -19, although I certainly hope we don’t 😊! With this highly infectious variant you can do everything right and still get infected.
“There’s a lot of people who feel like they failed,” said Wallace, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Public Health. “ ‘I’ve been so good for so long’ — I hear that every day.” She assures those people that they’re not bad — it’s the new variants that are bad. “They have done really well if they are just getting it now,” Wallace said.Katrine Wallace, 7/21/22
If we do test positive, we will immediately be on the phone to our University of Washington doctors for a Paxlovid prescription. And, hopefully, we will be as fortunate as the President and have an uneventful recovery.
Looking ahead, we will be anxious for the new boosters that target the recent variants to become available.
In the meantime, we will continue to live our lives, mask up indoors (most of the time), test if we get any symptoms, and keep our doctor’s phone number in our contacts so we can call for a Paxlovid prescription at the first sign of a positive test!