Something Truly Shocking Has Happened
I, like many people, got Covid
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I know this is hard to believe, but I — an American, living in the United States, a country with more Covid and more Covid deaths than most of the other countries in the world — have Covid.
It is particularly stunning since from the moment I got my first vaccine I said to myself, well, honestly, if you haven’t gotten Covid yet, and you’re now vaccinated, you’re probably not going to get Covid. And once I had that second dose, I was like, oh wow, I made it, a feeling that persisted, for no reason, really, even as vaccinated people all around me got Covid. I understood the way that vaccines worked with Covid, they didn’t prevent it altogether, they simply did their best and generally kept one from the worst. But I wasn’t going to be one of the people (i.e., everyone) who got Covid while vaccinated because I just didn’t see that for me.
And then I had another vaccine, and another, and another. Yes I knew that vaccinated/boosted people were still getting Covid, but you have to remember that I myself had not yet contracted the virus. Naturally, this drew me to conclude that even though other vaccinated/boosted people were sick with Covid, I myself would not get it, because I was one of those people who just couldn’t get Covid. I think anyone can see how this was obvious to me.
Imagine my surprise when, after months and then years of just kind of knowing that I was not going to get Covid, I found myself showing symptoms indicating that infection with the virus had likely occurred. Then — I think you see where I am going with this — I tested positive for COVID-19.
It’s hard to process the fact that I have contracted a virus that six in every ten Americans have also contracted. The truth is that while I haven't quite sworn by simple pearls of wisdom like “a hunch is a hunch,“ “listen your gut,” and “trust your feelings,” they do make their way into my mind when it’s convenient. Here’s the bottom line: I now suspect that when you inhale the novel coronavirus and it latches its spiky surface proteins to receptors on your healthy cells, you will get Covid. I honestly can’t imagine what else could have happened to me.