This is strictly my opinion, Okay?
Listening to the Parkinson/Covid-19 tape at this site last night, I heard something disturbing.
I misunderstood the role of the vaccine. According to the speaker, the vaccine essentially strengthens our defenses for when we contract the virus. And the idea, "for when we contract..." got my attention. I was stupid enough to think the vaccine would protect me from getting Covid-19.
I'm old and just gotten my second shot and instead of wearing armor, I'm carrying a virus-sized baby carriage for if or when the virus says,"Hi." This is not cool. Yes, its better than before, because hopefully the virus will be attacked by my up-graded (with some new antigens - I think they're called - specifically oriented to playing nasty with the virus) immune response. That's good...sort of.
Supposedly they are saying on TV it tends to keep the disease from progressing to severe or critical...that's good. But unless I'm really careful, I have a decent chance of catching the virus. Further, since I might have it, I could be asymptomatic and unwittingly sharing it with everyone I meet.
So unless I'm prepared to take my mask and isolate in a cave eating expired "eat-by" canned food, I'll have to come up with plan B
But now this brings into play another problem..."Long Haulers' Syndrome."
First a quick look at Covid-19, etc.
Note: an important little understanding AGE is a SIGNIFICANT FACTOR! Younger is better, older is...well on my next birthday (which is not that far away) I will be 2800 times more likely to die from Covid-19 than a 17 yr old. (Based on CDC chart cited below)
The disease starts as a viral infection. Supposedly followed by flu-like symptoms. For some (usually younger) mild, or others a "tough ride." But, it's not this stage of the disease that normally causes morbidity and/or death. The virus triggers your immune system to over-react. This is where it gets scary - some call it the immunological stage. The fabled "cytokine storm" but it's essentially your body's defenses being directed AT you in spades!
This is what puts people in the hospital or the ground or there's a third category as well. Those are the people that have "recovered." Normal testing does not detect the virus any longer. Now here things get weird.
Of the "recovered" some will be just fine (again age is a contributing factor) but some will manifest "symptoms." It's a wide range of symptoms, and different people have different sets of symptoms - that's right - you can have more than one at a time. They can be immediate in their presentation or delayed and the severity can differ as well. The symptoms or in some cases results can be brief or permanent.
How many people end up with this? Estimates range from 10-30% but we don't really know.
These are the Long Haulers. I read some of their accounts of what they're going through and it's even hard to read. ...And only now it is finally getting some recognition. These people have, in many cases, tried all kinds of things as have their doctors and both are frustrated.
I don't want to be a long hauler. The best thing you can do is NOT catch this thing!!!
The parties might be starting, but when you look at the maskless clustered crowd, adjust the focus and you'll see only fools.
Like I mentioned...my opinion
Reference: The Parkinson/Covid-19 I referred to: https://www.facebook.com/events/305435277495650
Influence due to age on death and hospitalization