My Wife and I Survived Covid

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.

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9 thoughts on “My Wife and I Survived Covid

  1. Sorry to hear that, and glad it is over. It blows my mind how even people I know have not taken any vaccines…..I told them the choice is entirely irrational, although what I was really thinking is that they are stupid and dumb.

    Some things we will never understand.

    I wish you and your wife a great week!

  2. what I find disturbing about Covid is what is called ‘long Covid’. I have had chronic fatigue syndrome since my teenage years, but fortunately it has always been pretty stable and I somehow got used to it, although I have to live in a specific way, but I got used to that too, the reclusiveness doesn’t bother me.

    But the long covid thing is the reason why I try to avoid Covid as if it were the plague. Soon or later I’ll probably get Covid too, but at least I haven’t been dumb.

  3. Hello.
    I too have survived Covid. So far anyway. How did I do this? Well, a couple of reasons. First, I have not, knowingly, been infected: received my fifth shot two days ago. Additionally, I still mask up most of the time, when I will be among crowds. This is not complicated. Those who convert the issue into some ideological nonsense are foolish. They who refuse to benefit from history? Lost ideologically, or otherwise.. people like me benefited from the polio vaccine. I feel badly for others. And their children…
    Free will? Sure. We all have it.

  4. Whoa! This is one of those good/bad accounts. Glad you and the Ms. survived COVID, a plague I thought was largely preventable in the beginning and ought never have been turned into another culture war issue. I’ve read that the deaths from it has reduced our life expectancy by some two years. And the long term COVID symptoms may be with many for years. We still have unvaccinated carriers out there spreading it. ;-(

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