Dear SPN readers,
Sorry for the silence on Friday, I was hit by symptoms and just took to bed. Today, I got my rapid testing kit (and contrary to rumour, rapid tests are available to anyone showing symptoms), did the nostril thing, and it came back positive. Well, negative for me, but positive for COVID.
As someone who is double-vaxxed, I have to meet three conditions before I can return to the land of the living. You can see this in full, here. If I get chest pains or have extreme difficulties breathing, I will take further action. I’m hopeful, though, that the worst is done.
I’m not too sure what variant I have, but the latest is that 80% of all new cases are the Omicron variant.
If you look at the stats, it’s pretty clear that the likelihood of getting COVID is high, especially with this new highly contagious variant. Does that mean that the vaccines were in vain? Actually, quite the opposite. I put the numbers looking at the RATES (out of 100%) from Friday into a spreadsheet, and this is the image it returns.
Drilling down those numbers a bit further, you’ll see that just over 10% of all cases account for almost 40% of hospitalizations.
|Fully Vaxed||None or partial|
|Population||4,410,494 (88.5%)||747,979 (11.5%)|
|Cases||229,253 (82.8%)||47,346 (17.1%)|
|Hospitalized||212 (60.7%)||137 (39.3%)|
What this says to me is that those who are fully vaccinated have a slightly lesser chance of getting COVID and an even lesser chance of needing hospitalizations. Those who are partially vaccinated (a small smattering of people) and unvaccinated have a higher chance of getting it and an even higher chance of requiring hospitalization.
I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, and I have a relatively minor case. I had a high-grade fever for a day followed by a lowgrade fever. I have a lingering cough, a sore throat, and fluids leaking from every orifice on my face (except my ears, those are looking pretty good). I’ve retained my senses of smell and taste, thank goodness because I love food! All the normal cold remedies are treating me well.
This is out there, and it’s creeping in. Do everything you can to keep yourself safe and to keep your community safe, especially those who are immunocompromised or otherwise vulnerable. Vaccinate. Self-monitor. Isolate.
As the publisher of SPN, know that I’ve been following the pandemic since it first immerged. I’m nowhere near being an expert. I question what I hear, and I turn to an array of established experts for confirmation. I’ve used the medical system three times now for pandemic-related issues since it first started: For my first vaccine, for my second, and now for my rapid testing kit.
I for one trust our system in BC. I’m beyond grateful that BC doesn’t have a politician at the microphone but rather a scholar of pandemics. Politicians may be motivated by the next election. I’m thinking of Ford and Kenney and maybe one or two others whose name I promised I won’t say for the time being.
Our Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has to walk this incredibly fine line between the hatred emanating from the antivaxxers to the pro-vaxxers angry at her for not shutting things down soon enough and not issuing rapid test kits quickly enough. She’s even getting threats. Really? Come on! Our medical front line has gone from hearing the appreciative banging of pots and pans to celebrate their heroism to being harassed on the job while facing complete and utter exhaustion, by people on both sides of the conversation. I stand by our provincial health providers and specialists, and I encourage you to do the same. When you end a health call, even if you’ve been on hold for an hour, say Thank you. When you get tested by a healthcare worker working outside, say Thank you.
Politicians, have at them (within limits, of course; take it to their offices, and keep at a conversational level). They set the policies. Very few (if any?) have addressed the grandly observed inequality laid bare by the pandemic two years ago. They also have done very little to expedite worldwide vaccinations.
There’s a patent-free vaccine on the horizon, Corbaxax from Texas (of all places!). This may be the game-changer we are all hoping for.
Thanks for reading, today and always. Stay warm, stay well, and be kind for as long as you can stand it! And once you can’t stand it anymore, silence is a good second choice. Spewing hatred and venom, well, that just shouldn’t be on anybody’s list.
Publisher of Sooke PocketNews