"Seriously, though, having suffered this last week (I tested -ve earlier today and hope to feel less-ill in the next few days) I don't know how you - or anyone - can jest about it. Have I been unlucky, susceptible to such respiratory infections?" ------------------------ Well, you know me, Mitch. I tend to joke my way through life in general. I will admit the first bout of it (if it was actually Covid...it was never truly diagnosed cos it was way back in March 2020 as/when it was first starting to hit and there was no actual testing for it) was one of the worst blasts of flu-like symptoms and throat infections that I'd had in as far as I could remember. It was difficult to swallow food without severe pain and two nights of proper night sweats/fever as my body battled the bug. But beat it my body did. Then, caught it again during the UK Govts late 2020 '5 days of festive fun' directive (which took out double the number of vulnerable people than that of the first lockdown wave...Go Bo) That strain was just like a mild flu, mainly aches and pains and lots of tiredness. Your body does get used to it and is better prepared for any future infections, hence my lighter attitude towards the whole thing. Obviously people with any underlying illness or those in that 'below 1% danger zone' still need to tread carefully.
Thanks, Kev, I recall your first announcement of catching Covid ... you were the first person I knew who caught it. I hadn't realised your symptoms were that bad*. As you were unlucky and caught a second helping perhaps your body does have enough resistance.
My wife read recently that Blood Group A are either/both more susceptible/more severe symptoms but that could be folklore.
Now more than 24 hrs on after a -ve test result I'm feeling lousy again with sore/swollen throat presently creating the most discomfort. Most of the time I can breathe through both nostrils ... until I lie down when they block within 30 - 60 seconds. I may do another test tomorrow.
Enjoy your holiday ... and let's hope you don't have to assess whether a third infection continues the path of being milder.
*I was very ill in mid Dec 19 with symptoms very similar to those this last week ... indeed I slept in a chair (well-wrapped - it was Dec!) for two or three nights. Of course, as it was pre Feb 20, it couldn't have been Covid ... could it?
Was good until Independence Day (you might say it arrived with a bang!) Apparently I got it sometime while searching for a birthday card (going back to sending ecards I think!). After five-day Paxlovid regimen second home test revealed a very faint ‘T’ line (so still got it). The main thing I’ve noticed, other than a bad sore throat the first few days, is a general lack of appetite and occasional coughing bouts (usually in the morning). Have friends overseas who won’t submit to taking any of the vaccines, several of whom have made it through bouts of omicron and delta (guess they subscribe to belief in ‘herd immunity’). But these mutations of the virus are just going to become more virulent (and, apparently, increasingly vaccine-resistant). As for me, I’m not going to any be in any enclosed space (outside of my residence) without a mask...at least for the foreseeable future.
I still haven't caught it. My sister & her husband hasn't had it (just as well with their health problems), my niece in her mid-forties hasn't had it, even though her partner & son caught it. There's been cases of some people catching covid many times over, so maybe some catch it very easily, while some other lucky people just don't get it for some reason. I've just booked my annual flu jab with my doctor, & I'm hoping to hear about a covid booster jab in the next couple of weeks.