I first tested positive for Covid on Saturday evening, September 3. I had been feeling terrible the previous 24 hours. I got progressively worse over the weekend—I could barely move, ached all over, coughed constantly, felt as if my throat was being cut with razor blades, and ran a fever of 103 (my normal temperature is about 97.)
Based on my age and symptoms, I was fortunate to receive an infusion of monoclonal antibodies. My fever broke within 24 hours and I felt a great reprieve from the worst symptoms yet my fatigue and cough lingered for about 10 more days. My wife, who contracted the virus a few days after I did, also had severe symptoms but was greatly helped by the antiviral Paxlovid.
Again neither my wife nor I are overweight, neither of us takes a single prescription medication, neither of us has diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, weakened immune systems, etc., and both of us eat a whole food plant-based diet. Moreover, both of us have had 4 covid vaccines and are vigilant about mask-wearing. All of this shows that while you can influence your health you can’t completely control it.
I don’t think it farfetched to think that without vaccines, antivirals, and monoclonal antibodies either one of us or both of us could have died. This is consistent with what happened throughout human history before modern medicine. For example, you contract a bacterial or viral infection, your body heats us and tries to kill the invader, and … either it does or you die. That was life before antivirals and antibiotics.
My advice to my readers … try to avoid covid. True there is no foolproof way to do this but take precautions if you don’t enjoy being sick. Most importantly, take advantage of life-saving vaccines. Vaccines are one of the greatest advances in public health in the history of humanity. I wish you all the best.