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A moment to consider that, after you fight off a disease, your immune system is charged up to destroy any more of that germ / virus that comes into contact with you. "Immunity" but after the fact.
Yes, afterwards. Trump is not in the "afterwards" period of his fight with Coronavirus. You do typically get some kind of immunity to a disease after you recover from it (there are exceptions to this for individual people and diseases).

It is frustrating to see the leader of my country who is still obviously fighting with a deadly disease claim that the medicines he took were a "miracle cure" that he wants to give to everyone. And this isn't even the first time he's done it, for goodness sakes!
 

Garthanos

Arcadian Knight
Assuming an effective, safe C19 vaccine can be made affordably, I’m not too concerned about the duration of its protection. I get 3 allergy injections every 2 weeks. It’s not a big deal if we needed annual or even monthly C19 boosters, IMHO.

And no, I do not like needles. I’ve been on that injection regimen for decades, and I still can’t look when it’s being done.
I am confident it will happen eventually middle to late next year was the best un politically motivated most reasonable estimate I heard for us to have it in the US.
A moment to consider that, after you fight off a disease, your immune system is charged up to destroy any more of that germ / virus that comes into contact with you. "Immunity" but after the fact.
Potential damage from Covid Heart/Lung/Kidney/Vascular and Brain. Your immune system learns specialized karate against a new target but if your body and even the resources to fight other diseases are ripped to shreds by the first encounter and in fact many diseases remain resident (see Shingles) and Trumpster hasn't had it long enough to be done with his first case. The not getting torn up is why vaccines are awesome.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
Yep. Just because you fight off the respiratory effects in a couple weeks, you’re not out of the woods yet. Myocarditis, increased stroke risk...there’s all kinds of lingering potential aftereffects.
 




It baffles me how many people are simply in denial of what is going on. Some people carry on with their lives as if there is not a deadly pandemic that thrives through gatherings of large crowds.

Over in the Netherlands, I feel it is slowly starting to sink in that perhaps people should be taking it more serious. I am seeing more and more people wearing a mask at the supermarket, when a few weeks ago I was the only one.

And yet just the other week, the police had to shut down countless of illegal parties throughout the country.
 

Zardnaar

Legend


It baffles me how many people are simply in denial of what is going on. Some people carry on with their lives as if there is not a deadly pandemic that thrives through gatherings of large crowds.

Over in the Netherlands, I feel it is slowly starting to sink in that perhaps people should be taking it more serious. I am seeing more and more people wearing a mask at the supermarket, when a few weeks ago I was the only one.

And yet just the other week, the police had to shut down countless of illegal parties throughout the country.

Read this earlier in the day.


Heading into flu season up north:(.
 


Cadence

Legend
Supporter
Speaking of vaccines, have those of you in the Northern hemisphere taken this year's flu shot yet?

The local CVS pharmacy has them. This weekend was the first time I'd been inside the store in ages because if COVID. Less than a half dozen customers in the entire store and none at the pharmacy part. (The drive through was non-stop busy).

My son got one at a regular doctors appointment a few weeks ago for something else.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Because of everyone washing hands more often and social distancing, we have had far fewer serious cases of the flu than normal, a positive of the pandemic. If other countries up north are doing the same, I'd expect similar results.

I got the flu shot 🤕 n May iirc. Skipped getting a cold this year but allergies kicked in early.
 



Garthanos

Arcadian Knight
A problem with allergies in the current climate. Even if you're 100% certain you're covid free, you really don't want to be sneezing.
Nod and It's not like I can get fast tests every day and choose not to like the corona president in chief so that I will actually BE certain.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member

This scares me. I’ve known people with disease-related aphasia or memory loss, and even experienced something like this when on post-surgical drugs. I was functionally illiterate for most of a year because I couldn’t read print smaller than you’d see in a street sign.
 

For those with allergies: try rubbing Vaseline up your nostrils. It prevents the irritants from irritating and triggering your sneeze reflex. (I developed hayfever about 18 months ago, and now I use Vaseline whenever I go outside for any length of time.)
 

Zardnaar

Legend
For those with allergies: try rubbing Vaseline up your nostrils. It prevents the irritants from irritating and triggering your sneeze reflex. (I developed hayfever about 18 months ago, and now I use Vaseline whenever I go outside for any length of time.)

Doctor put me on inhalers earlier in the year so ignored anti hystemines.

Started itching in August as we had warm winter.

Usually just suck it up. Pine pollen was really bad this year though.
 


This scares me. I’ve known people with disease-related aphasia or memory loss, and even experienced something like this when on post-surgical drugs. I was functionally illiterate for most of a year because I couldn’t read print smaller than you’d see in a street sign.

This sounds some what familiar. After my father underwent surgery for bowel cancer, he caught a nasty lung infection in the hospital. They kept him in an artificial coma for a while, but afterwards he wasn't the same. He was delirious for a while, and even to this very day he is more forgetful than before. He also seems more somber than before the operation, and has trouble reading books (his favourite hobby) for long stretches of time.

If a mere lung infection can do that to a person, I can imagine something as nasty as COVID doing a lot worse.

There was a local news report in my province just a few days ago, about a former contender for the strongest man of the Netherlands. This is a guy who has always been in superior health, until he caught COVID. Now even a few minutes of walking leaves him out of breath. It is as if he has only 40% of his normal lung capacity.


"Strongest man, struck down by corona". No subtitles unfortunately. He does say that he's making minor progress every day. He says he is shocked to hear people around him suggest that he's getting paid to put up some kind of act.
 
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Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
For those with allergies: try rubbing Vaseline up your nostrils. It prevents the irritants from irritating and triggering your sneeze reflex. (I developed hayfever about 18 months ago, and now I use Vaseline whenever I go outside for any length of time.)

Not quite correct, on two counts.

1) For most of us, the point of entry of airborne allergens into our system is up on the mucus membranes high in the nasal passages, beyond where you can (or should) shove a vaseline-covered finger.

2) There are two ways you generate sneezes - particulates you inhale physically irritate the surfaces of those upper membranes, or the allergic biochemical cascade response causes inflammation and mucus production, which then stimulates sneezing. The former of these may be a reaction to any particulates, and is not technically an allergic response.

Vaseline up the nose does the same job mucus does - it traps particulates before they can reach those upper membranes. However, be aware that, since it is not mucus, the body does not necessary expel the resulting particulate-ladened goo in the same way, and you may be trapping a bunch of dust, mold and bacterial spores up in the nice warm, damp environment of your nose where they may choose to grow.

I am glad you have not had issues with sinus infections resulting from this, but it isn't a recommended treatment for allergies.
 

Garthanos

Arcadian Knight
My allergy symptoms are virus, primarily sinus drain triggering a cough although it does not last and mostly antihistamines do treat it well but once in a while it runs very strong and is fatiguing and with the poor sleep I have been getting even more so. In a sense too similar.
 

Got mine on Friday. The reaction...was not fun. Aches, chills, and and nausea. I was actually playing D&D when it hit and had to excuse myself and log off. Twenty minutes later, I was throwing up. So far, everyone I've talked to has mentioned that the side effects this year were particularly rough. I was fairly useless the next day, but the day after that I was fine and went for a nice long walk.

Speaking of vaccines, have those of you in the Northern hemisphere taken this year's flu shot yet?
 

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