It’s not when but if
Muse #352 - it seems to be inevitable
My daughter got her 4th ping on the COVID-alert contact trace app that she might have been exposed to someone who had the virus. And this is the second time in two weeks. The virus seems to be getting closer and closer. And more prevalent than before. And this is in spite of our limited exposure practices coupled with the use of N95 or double masks, avoiding crowds, only making trips that are unavoidable, and so forth.
In the last two weeks, members of a couple of our close families here in Toronto and back in India have officially got the virus. When it visits home, it most likely ends up infecting everyone at that home. Especially the fast-acting and fast-spreading Omicron variety.
Therefore it seems to be inevitable that we are going to get this virus someday. Without fail. Like the flu that goes around. Some day later would be better than someday soon. The massive waves of cases in the US, Canada, the UK, several European cities, India show that this is already happening. Many countries have stopped keeping accurate tabs on the infection and/or reduced even the testing only to a limited audience of those in need, and even allowing the infected with limited impact to go untested.
Nett of it, it seems like the only way to get an active resistance to the virus is to get it and build natural antibodies. The vaccine does not seem to prevent one from getting it but looks like at least it is softening the blow for those who get it, at least for some period of time.
It’s therefore not if but when someone is going to get it. That is what it looks like. The strategy could be to get the weakest version possible and if one avoids it as long as one can. And hope that the three doses of vaccine help in some way to lower the impact of getting it and what one goes through.
So hang in there…