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My uncle is 70 years old, and he took his first dose today.

The good news is that it seems to be working. My town got 144 new cases in the last days, but only 2 of them were people over 70 years old. It's going to take some time until my age range can take the vaccine, but if it's working for reducing the risk of old people to get Covid and die, I'll not complain.



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I got my first shot of Moderna this morning. Arm Sore and got a low grade fever but nothing am concern about. My Mom getting her second shot next week and everyone else in my immediate family already got both shots so I will be the last in my family to be fully vaccinated.

Looking forward to being with my entire immediate family in the same room for the first time in over a year for Mother's day which falls 13 days after my schedule second shot so close enough to 2 weeks.



Jaicee said:
TallSilhouette said:

Got my second shot on Thursday. Arm hurt about the same degree and length as the first shot. Had a few mild ~flu symptoms this time, but quickly got over them. Mom's now a couple weeks from her second shot as well. Another month and I should really be able to breathe easy again.

Curiosity since I'm getting my second (Pfizer) shot a week from Friday: How long did the flu-like symptoms last? I keep hearing about those resulting from the second shot. Also, did they give you your second shot in the same place on your arm as the first? I ask the second question because here nine days after my first shot, I can still feel some very mild soreness on the muscle that took the first shot and that makes me a little concerned about how getting a second shot in the same muscle might affect it.

First shot of Pfizer gave me a sore arm, and I slept about 36 of the next 48 hours. Didn't feel anything after the second shot except minor tenderness in the arm (which was easily solved by not touching it). Everyone's different, so you might feel like crap or you may feel nothing.



My mom is getting her second dose tomorrow. While I'm now eligible here in NY there are no openings within a few hours drive. I'll have to keep an eye out until I find somewhere somewhat close.



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Not going that well over here, record breaking number of people in the ICU in Ontario, record breaking numbers in British Columbia and vaccine hesitancy on the rise due to controversies around the Astrazeneca vaccine. It's temporarily delayed for anyone under 55 due to risk of blood clots.

The latest poll shows 69% of Canadians intend to take it when available, 18% unsure, 13% no. In some places they were already lowering the age because of running out of people showing up for the vaccine. People rather have Pfizer or Moderna since Astrazeneca has a PR problem here. (It's the one we ordered most of) It's mostly due do conflicting messaging as usual, different guidelines per province, on hold here, not there, on/off. The government needs to get its act together and start to provide clear one voice messaging about the vaccines.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/canada-suspends-astrazeneca-vaccine-covid-19-1.5968657

Anyway, no side effects with my parents in law, they got it last week.



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Weekly update, reported cases are still on the rise, USA and Europe's growth are slowing, Asia is accelerating

Here we just entered another 4 week lockdown, ICUs are full. The new variants are twice as contagious and 1.5x as lethal according to the government. More youg people need to be hospitalized with severe symptoms. The vaccine rollout isn't fast enough to keep up.



In total 4.11 million new cases were reported last week (up from 3.81 million) to a total of 130,801,589
Another 71,048 people lost their lives to Covid-19 last week (up from 66,240) to a total of 2,850,149


The continents

Europe reported 1.43 million new cases (slightly down from 1.46 million) and 23,284 more deaths (slightly down from 24,621)
Asia reported 1.22 million new cases (up from 958K) and 7,606 more deaths (slightly up from 7,306)
South America reported 809K new cases (slightly up from 786K) and 26,108 more deaths (up from 20,887)
North America reported 554K new cases (slightly up from 522K) and 10,517 more deaths (down from 11,325)
Africa reported 87.4K new cases (up from 80.4K) and 1,897 more deaths (down from 2,094)
Oceania reported 2,011 new cases (2,198 last week) and 21 deaths (7 last week)

Corners of the world

Brazil reported 505K new cases (slightly down from 530K) and 21,040 more deaths (up from 16,801)
India reported 483K new cases (up from 353K) and 2,866 more deaths (up from 1,681)
USA reported 462K new cases (up from 427K) and 6,468 more deaths (down from 7,038)
Iran reported 70.1K new cases (up from 52.5K) and 653 deaths (574 last week)
Canada reported 33.9K new cases (up from 29.6K) and 182 deaths (209 last week)
Japan reported 14.6K new cases (up from 10.1K) and 218 deaths (209 last week)
South Africa reported 7,645 new cases (7,656 last week) and 344 deaths (567 last week)
South Korea reported 3,424 new cases (up from 3,013) and 21 deaths (26 last week)
Australia reported 95 new cases (57 last week) no deaths

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The UK is doing great, the rest not so much.

Cases are slightly down at the end of the week probably from Good Friday, but it does look like most countries are stopping the growth at least.

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Coronavac seems to be working at 50 - 70% efficacy, perhaps even higher than the trials had suggested, in both Brazil and Chile, despite the prevalence of the P1 variant.

I wonder if this success is due to the vaccine is mostly working not because of spike antibodies, as previously assumed, but nucleocapsid and membrane antibodies. I would assume these are highly conserved antigen sites across all variants, since the bulk of evolutionary pressure lies in the n-terminal and the receptor-binding domain of the spike protein.



 

 

 

 

 

As of today, I'm officially fully vaccinated against the coronavirus!

It was quite the adventure getting that second dose. When I got my first dose through a neighboring county at a conference center, I was handed a note card with the date April 9th (which would be this coming FRIDAY) on it as the date for my second dose, so I asked to have that day off last week. But the county bot messaged me two days ago that actually my shot date would be THURSDAY the 8th instead and moreover during my work shift and at a different location farther away that I didn't know how to get to. Well there was no choice: I immediately put in to reschedule...and they haven't gotten back with me since. In the meanwhile though, I began looking for emergency back-up options because I know you have to get that second shot within a fairly narrow time window if you want the maximum level of immunity. I was having a tough time until I went to work yesterday and asked at the pharmacy. To my shock, they delivered me news that seemed too good to be true: the store where I work would be holding a clinic upstairs in the break room the very next day (today) with the Pfizer vaccine! Needless to say, I jumped on the news and signed up right away. And so today I was able to get my second shot over my lunch break without having to make any kind of special journey at all. My wait was 5 minutes, not the 30 I endured at the conference center last month, and all I had to do was hand them my consent form and wait for one other person ahead of me to be done. Then I was given my shot and my note card was signed off on, done deal! What's more, my employer, Albertsons, gives workers $100 for getting fully vaccinated, so I was able to use my completed note card to put in for that right afterward. Between my $600 stimulus check at the start of the year, my $1,400 stimulus check from last month, and this $100 from my employer, that adds up to $2,100 I wouldn't otherwise have this year, which I think will be sufficient, I think, to keep me out of hunger all year for the first time...like ever! I think anyway.

Anyway, no side effects or anything so far, just a little soreness in the shoulder where I got my shot is all. No big.

You know what the best part of it all is though? Well first a little background: You remember that horrible winter storm that knocked out the Texas power grid back in February right after Valentine's Day? Well during that week, I was among the only employees at the Albertsons store I work at who continued going to work throughout that week despite the roads being downright treacherous to drive on, despite the store relying on emergency back-up generators (i.e. they had no heating or anything themselves) for two days and therefore not opening for those two days, despite all of that. Why? Because I have to have the money. No choice. Also it was actually warmer there than at my house anyway. I was the only courtesy clerk who bothered showing up that whole week. And for the first two days, only two cashiers showed up too. One of those two cashiers was a new hire. (What a way to start, right?!) She and I wound up bonding a lot over those first two days of working in an empty store. I mean I completed all my normal morning chores invariably within a couple of hours and then had the whole rest of the day to do nothing and get paid for it. (They were just waiting for the regular electric power to come back on so we could open, but it never did those first two days.) So me and the few other people there had tons of down time to just hang out. Me and the new lady hit it off and over the subsequent month and a half, we have become an item. Yep, you read that right: I have a girlfriend now. Me!! I mean a steady one who hasn't lost interest after one, two, or three meets. We're looking forward to going on our first proper date in the near future.

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Cant believe its been over a year of this. So much has happened in that time. Hopefully we can move on with our lives soon and be done with it.



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Things are starting to spiral out of control again, the UK variant and others are wreaking havoc across the world.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/no-region-in-the-world-spared-as-covid-19-cases-deaths-surge-1.5380905

Iran and India are the worst off from the countries I have been keeping an eye on, cases going almost straight up, many more are facing new problems.

"Every single day the number of cases is increasing. Every single day the number of deaths is increasing. The alarm bells are ringing for the intensive care units," Cinel said. (head of the Turkish Intensive Care Association) The mutant form of the virus is causing more harm to the organs," he said. "While two out of ten patients were dying previously, the number is now four out of 10. And if we continue this way, we will lose six."

We entered a new state of emergency here and the 4 week lock down has been raised to a stay at home order. Today 4,227 new cases, second highest yet. However this time the ICU is already pretty much full. More young people get severe symptoms with these new variants and death rate is going up. We're switching vaccination strategies to now open it up in hot spots and at risk places for everyone over 18. To get as many first doses into arms the time period between doses has now been extended to 4 months with the idea that the gap should shrink when production ramps up. Mobile vaccination units are being prepared to hopefully slow down the spread.

Now paying the price for not properly getting the numbers down nor properly closing the borders :/



The only exceptions to the deteriorating situation are those countries that are advanced in their vaccination program, mostly notably Israel and Britain. Even the U.S., which is a vaccination leader globally, is seeing a small uptick in cases.

Harris, from the WHO, says the world knows how to fight these surges. She said good news was coming out of the U.K. -- which saw new coronavirus cases drop 60% in March amid a strong vaccination program -- "that indeed the vaccination programs have averted very large numbers of deaths. But we have to do it all."

"We have to keep on social distancing. We have to avoid indoor crowded settings. We have to keep wearing the masks, even if vaccinated," she said. "People are misunderstanding, seeming to think that vaccination will stop transmission. That is not the case. We need to bring down the transmission while giving the vaccination the chance to stop the severe disease."