Here It Comes: The Fifth Wave of Covid

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I am hardly an expert on Covid 19 and the vaccines most of us are getting, but I am trying to keep informed.

I have a compromised immune system, and I’m not in any big rush to die, so I try to do all I can to avoid being infected by the coronavirus.

It’s incredible how many conspiracy stories and misinformation are alive and well out there, even more amazed about how many people believe these untrue stories. They range from the belief that Covid 19 is nothing more than a bad cold to the idea that the vaccine contains microchips that control the 5G internet to the worse idea that the vaccine contains parts from aborted babies, just another reason why conservative Christian Republicans hate both abortion and vaccines.

People have destroyed 5G network towers in an attempt to save people from the vaccine, which they see as more dangerous than the virus itself. They still believe the virus is a hoax.

Some people think that the microchip in the virus helps Bill Gates track their every movement. This is ironic when they all walk around with their eyes glued to their smartphones, which Bill Gates helped create the operating system that controls the phone AND tracks their every movement. They don’t seem to be too concerned about that.

Another belief that Donald Trump touted is that heat kills the virus, so, since it’s summer and a hot one, the virus is gone, and they think mask-wearing and social distance is over and don’t have to worry about it. 

The numbers say otherwise. Due to not enough people getting vaccinated and the Delta variance, people are getting just as sick and dying, like last winter. But now, the Delta variance is more contagious and more deadly than the original virus.

Some people believe that getting the vaccine for Covid will give you Covid, which isn’t logical, but they think that is true for Influenza as well. “None of the currently available COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19, so you cannot get the virus or the disease it causes from the vaccine.” “Live attenuated influenza vaccines (LAIV) is made from attenuated, or weakened, viruses and does not cause influenza, although it can cause mild signs or symptoms (including rhinorrhoea, nasal congestion, fever or sore throat).”

There is also some misinformation about getting the vaccine; once you are fully vaccinated, you are immune to the virus; therefore, there is no need to wear a mask or social distance. You can still get Covid even if you are fully vaccinated since the virus can mutate into the variants like we are now seeing. You still need to wear masks and social distance even after you get the vaccine. You can be a carrier that can infect others. And the dangerous belief that if you are young and healthy and have no underlying conditions, you will never get Covid 19. That may have been true 18 months ago, but like the virus itself, things change.

I suspect that Covid 19 is not going away any time soon. You can still become infected from Covid or any of its variances. I suspect it will continue to mutate like the various influenza viruses, which is why we get a flu shot every year. The vaccines just help to keep us from getting as sick and dying from the illness. And as dangerous and deadly as the flu is, Covid is even more so.

And this one I just recently heard: “There have been many anecdotal reports of changes to people’s menstrual cycles after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, yet specific data about this phenomenon’s frequency are currently scarce. Are these really COVID-19-related side effects, or are they due to stress and other life changes that might coincide with getting the vaccine?” “judging by the preliminary data that they were able to gather, “for the most part, the most common [outcome] […] is actually nothing happening at all.”

However, “among the people who are experiencing this side effect, it seems like the most common is — for people who are currently menstruating […] — [that] their period is heavier, sometimes longer, [and] for people who are not currently menstruating because they’re on long-acting contraceptives or they’re transgender and [on] gender-affirming hormones, or they are postmenopausal […], we’re also seeing breakthrough bleeding as another phenomenon.”

If I were to make a guess, I would say [that] if somebody already has a disorder that might affect bleeding and clotting or has had issues with bleeding and clotting in the past, […] that’s a reason to at least talk to your doctor first if you haven’t gotten the vaccine yet, just to see if they have thoughts about whether one vaccine [is] better than another [in terms of mitigating any risks of side effects].”

Maybe it’s just me, but if I had to choose between having heavier periods and being infected with Covid 19 and potentially dealing with lifelong health issues like lung, heart, and kidney problems, I’d take the heavy periods. I did have that for a while, and there are easier solutions for that than for organ damage.

Of course, there will be some people who do achieve complete immunity from Covid 19 once they are fully vaccinated, but those who refuse to get the vaccine have a much higher chance of getting infected from it than people who are fully vaccinated getting very sick, and could even die from it.

It always surprises me that people are willing to take the chance of getting the virus and could end up with lifelong side effects but are afraid of getting the vaccine because of something they heard on Fox News or read on social media.

Their reasons for fighting against the stay-at-home rules vary from person to person. Last winter, I had an online conversation with one woman about being forced to stay at home.

“I am so bored… I’m tired of staying home and just watching TV.”

“Why not try something else?”

“No!! You don’t understand. I want to go shopping. I want to go to church!!”

“You can shop online, and most churches are doing online services.”

“NO!!! No! You don’t understand!!”

No, I didn’t, but after talking to her further, it finally came out. It wasn’t around other people that she missed. She wanted the attention OF other people. She loved going shopping and being told by salespeople how wonderful she looked in this dress or that suit. She loved people at church making a big deal about how stylish she always looked when she attended church.

No, I didn’t understand at all. Not this need. But it was obvious that she was more concerned about getting attention and approval than worrying about herself or anyone else getting infected with this virus. She was going through withdrawal from a lack of attention and praise.

This was several days before the anti-quarantine protests started. People who only were thinking of themselves…. They wanted a haircut, and they want to go out for dinner and to a movie. Okay, I get that. People resent having to be stuck at home. They are bored. They don’t like being told what to do by someone else.

Their tempos slowed down so slow they just didn’t know what to do with themselves. They’ve never had to think of things to do for themselves; they have depended on just doing their job, something someone else told them to do (ironically), and for others to entertain them. Now left to their own devices, they are totally lost.

And bored!

I’m glad I’m more self resilient and adaptable. I grew up thinking of ways to entertain myself. I understand hating the feeling of boredom. I hate that too. But I don’t understand whining about it.

Find something to do!! There are thousands of ideas all over the place.

Because my life hasn’t changed much with the coronavirus, I’m pretty much doing the same things I’ve been doing for the three years. My tempo is staying steady.

I know things could get much worse before it gets better. So, for now, I will appreciate what I do have and not bitch because I can’t get a haircut. Instead, I try to see the other side and think…maybe it’s time just to let my hair grow out.

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7443554/

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