His question this week is this: how closely has COVID-19 impacted you? Do you have first-hand experience, or has anyone in your family or immediate sphere of people you meet or see in person been diagnosed, or is it still something that hasn’t breached that third degree of separation for you?
In the first year of COVID, my niece’s contracted COVID. He was thirty-two, and had pneumonia. He was extremely ill, and nearly died. He has recovered now, and his son was born about six months later.
I don’t know whether I have had COVID, but before it was in the news, many had symptoms, which included a severe cough they couldn’t shift. I was ill a few months ago. I felt rough, and had a cough (but then I always have a cough with a cold). The lateral flow tests were all negative and I went back to work a few days later.
There are people I know, who were sceptical in the beginning, but caught it this year. I understand how lucky I am. I work in an environment where it has a high transfer of the disease, but somehow I haven’t caught it.
Maybe I have a natural immunity. My daughter’s partner caught it, and she never did. Perhaps we have natural anti-bodies. Nobody knows for sure, but as long as we take the precautions, then we limit our chance of catching it.
I will still wear my masks in shops, even though we don’t have to, and sanitise my hands when I go shopping. That being said, we need to get back to a normal way of living sooner rather than later.