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    • Data Suggests Vaccinated Individuals Don't Carry Virus or Get Sick: CDC

      While I'm seeing lots of indications of this from data for the Pfizer shot, I'm don't think this necessarily applies to the J&J shot.

    • I’ll once again let you all know if I experience any side effects. I didn’t experience much after the first dose aside from feeling a bit more tired. But that was it.

    • So I did feel a little more tired after the second shot. Jet laggy is the way I would describe it. So, I got some extra sleep last night and had to sleep in from church, haha.

      Aside from that, not too bad. But “jet laggy” is probably the best way I’d describe it. I’ll keep you all posted with more updates as needed.

    • My wife and I gave blood last week and the Red Cross does an antibody test to see if you have them as a result of having had Covid or getting the vaccine. We both tested as reactive, meaning we have the antibodies.

      We still wear our masks when we go shopping here but we notice that in the crowded Costco and Walmart, about 30% of people don't. I spoke to some people about why they aren't wearing masks and the few people I spoke to said Covid is not a real thing, that they haven't heard of anyone who got it.

      My nephew drives a bulldozer for construction and the rest of the crew makes fun of him for getting the vaccine.

    • the few people I spoke to said Covid is not a real thing

      It just boggles my mind how people get convinced of this kind of lunacy. Or maybe there are just always people like this, and now we can see who they are because they're the ones not wearing a mask...

    • Apparently the news media in every single country on the planet, both in the democratic Western countries, and Russian and Chinese media, are all conspiring to make people believe that Sars-Cov 2 exists.

      How is that even remotely possible?

      It boggles the mind, and is actually frightening to contemplate that after what we have all lived through the last 12-14 months, that someone could believe Sars Cov 2 does not exist, and is not quite dangerous to many people. Almost everyone on the planet actually does know of at least one person who died from Covid.

      We need a "shake my head" emogi !!

    • I know, I just can't understand. One thing is I did a review of a motorcycle on YouTube that got a lot of views and I had ridden with some other people, so a few times I mentioned I'd keep my distance in the age of Covid.

      A couple of people complained in the comment section that I should not make political statements about social distancing. I replied that I'm a scientist and it's hard for me to think of a virus as political; I think of it the same way I think of malaria.

      One guy told me "this is Trump country. You don't need a mask here." I suspect making the virus political has led to most of the emotion and denial.

    • Even if you want to believe that some underlying conspiracy is real, most of the time the overarching theory falls apart once you think about it for a minute. In this case, if the ultimate goal is to chip us all with Bill Gates' latest invention, and if as @Pathfinder correctly pointed out all the media (and all the governments) of the world must be a part of that plan and agree with it, it seems to me as if there was a simpler solution to achieve that goal than to invent a global pandemic that doesn't exist.

      The fact that people claim to believe such an insane conspiracy theory must either mean that they are mentally incapable of understanding that it doesn't make sense in the first place - or they don't believe in it but have some ulterior motive themselves.

      In other news, I'm getting my first shot this week, and I'm very much looking forward to it. :)

    • I have listened to folks rambling on about medical conspiracies all my life - I think some people just do not understand how very large the medical/biological research communities really are. They seem to think just a few dozen people get together and decide how the world medical communities think - not that there are literally hundreds and hundreds of thousands of biochemists, biophysicists, microbiologists, virologists, chemists, biologists, botanists, physicians, veterinarians, nurses, molecular biologists, and pharmacologists scattered across almost every country on the planet -

      Convincing this large group of a new fact is not easy - That many trained hard scientists tend to be pretty demanding of proofs. That does not mean they all agree about everything 100% either - real truth can be difficult to determine in the biological sciences, and there certainly are respectable differences of opinion. And some few may resist new information for their own pecuiary reasons.

      But whether Corona viruses can cause disease, or whether vaccines have saved millions of lives over the last century, simply are not questions with unknown or debateable answers.

      The vaccinations for rabies, polio, smallpox, anthrax, measles, mumps, are truly miraculous. People really did die from all those diseases, prior to vaccination.

      One small example ..... I have been reading Albert Richardson's book "The Secret Service, the Field, the Dungeon, and the Escape (Original and Unabridged Content) " published 1865, about his experiences being held in a Confederate prison in the Civil War. While he was imprisoned in Salisbury Prison, his wife who was safely living in New York, contracted measles, which rapidly progressed to measles encephalitus, and within 10 days she was dead at less than 30 years of age.. He almost died in that Confederate prison when he learned of his wife's death, from grief.

      Reading about Pasteur's research, in Wasik and Murphy's book "Rabid", to create the rabies vaccine is truly unbelievable. He would use a glass pipette held in his mouth, while his associates restrained a highly rabid dog, to gather a precious drop of canine saliva from the rabid dog's mouth, fully aware that if he broke the pipette, sucked too hard, or was bitten, he would certainly die the same miserable death that the dog before him was experiencing. One of his fellow researchers DID die of lab aquired rabies. The courage that must have taken is truly awe inspiring. There was NO DOUBT in their minds whether what they were doing entailed any risk. Rabies was, and still is today, a lethal disease without vaccination and treatment.

    • Just to provide an update on how I'm doing: I'm feeling totally fine now. But the first few days after getting the second dose, I had some headaches and was feeling sloppy. But now, I'm feeling fine. So don't let a few rough days discourage you!

    • “Essentially vaccines block you from getting and giving the virus,” said UCSF Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Monica Gandhi, adding this new information is significant.

      “You can feel safe as a vaccinated person going indoor dining, going to a gym, going to the movies, going to places you did not feel safe before,” said Ghandi.

      You can feel safe, she said, without being reckless.

      That is awesome.

    • So I just returned from four days in the Mojave desert at a training school for off-road motorcycle riding. Seven months ago they held a camp and what could go wrong way out there? Is Covid even a thing? And anyway, everyone tested negatory just before the camp, so masks & social distancing optional.

      Trouble was, they had a spreader who had tested negative but in a few days started coughing at the camp and 20 of the 22 people got it. I spent 30 minutes talking to one of them and he said after 6 years of battling cancer and going through chemo, this has been worse. He was in an ICU on a ventilator panicking about drowning and suffocating and he's now a long-hauler with scarring in his lungs, shortness of breath and headaches.

      His message to me: he understands the skepticism that it's real but dammit this is real and worse than the cancer he went through.

    • I think this is true, but it's not 100%. There have been "breakthrough" cases where people have gotten infected and sick (though not fatally).

      So while I agree fully vaccinated people should feel much more free to be up and about... I wouldn't go around licking handrails just yet. 🤪

    • Absolutely true -= Vaccination is certainly NOT a guarantee that one cannot be infected by Covid 19.

      But it is pretty close to a certainty that you won't die from Covid 19, nor end up on a ventilator, or probably won't even get sick from it at all, after full vaccination. That works for me!

      And you almost certainly won't spread it to your friends or family if you continue to wear your mask in close spaces, even if you were to be infected. Which you very probably won't be.

      What's not to like about these probablities, compared to last winter? Hip Hip Hooray!