Stephy Says 💋 first of all: I’m sick of COVID. Sick of hearing about it. Sick of talking about it. Sick of working in it. But, it’s still here…therefore, so am I.
With that being said…
2020 hit us all like a ton of bricks as life as we knew it changed so quickly & drastically. COVID-19 reared its head in the most unimaginable way possible. When the Corona virus made news headlines, let’s admit—none of us really took it seriously. I mean after all, we have seen & lived through the H1N1 Swine flu, H5N1 Bird Flu, Ebola, & Zika; not to mention old school outbreaks like Polio, Measles, Chicken Pox, Whooping Cough, & Tuberculosis. This outbreak would come & go like the others, right? Wrong!
COVID-19 made an appearance & proved that it was here to stay. We witnessed laws change, courthouses close, DMVs shut down, approval of to-go alcohol beverages, schools close its doors, jobs furloughed, utility bills & rent be forgiven, & generous funds (stimulus checks) be provided by the government. Who would have ever thought this would happen in America?
Nobody saw this coming, well except maybe the conspiracy theorists. Honestly, I will admit, I’ve listened to some of the theories—& I don’t think they are all wrong.
We went from a democratic nation fighting over toilet paper & hand sanitizer to a mandatory mask wearing social distancing with a curfew new world order country—all in the blink of an eye. Tests were unavailable to confirm actual positive results & symptoms changed from strictly respiratory symptoms to flu like symptoms with a touch of “sinus infection.” Boy, 2020 had us confused.
Initially, scientists were baffled. Doctors were confused. The medical field was in shambles. And healthcare workers felt complete chaos. There was barely any PPE (personal protective equipment) & “no room in the inn” when it came to hospitals.
As far as those who contracted the virus, there was no standard treatment. Individuals were instructed to “treat the symptoms” with OTC medicines like ibuprofen & Tylenol for muscles aches/fever & hydration. Severe cases were treated with ICU hospitalizations for respiratory distress & life threatening cases ended in death.
Then, miraculously vaccinations appeared—3 different vaccines at that (Moderna, Pfizer, & Johnson & Johnson). All of which had been approved for EUA (emergency use authorization) by the FDA with CDC regulating the guidelines.
As of August 23, 2021 Pfizer became the first & only COVID vaccination approved by the FDA.
As of September 17, 2021 the FDA advisers vote against Pfizer booster shots for the general public.
8:50 pm September 17, 2021 FDA panel recommends Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shots only for people 65 and older or at high risk
Editor’s note: This post was originally published [January 9, 2021] and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
This is when everyone in the world became scientists & COVID experts.
As a healthcare professional, I pride myself on being safe, largely in part due to the life of my patients depending on me, but also for the fact that the safety & wellbeing of my patients is my priority. Also, I too like living.
With that being said, I still receive condemning scowls from individuals because I chose not to get vaccinated. I’m usually informed of the death toll from the virus, as if I’m not already aware. I’ve been called all kinds of names you can think of, people can “understand for the life of my why someone just would be so stupid not to get the vaccine.”
Personally, I have seen the news coverage, & I am aware that the numbers are inaccurate.For some reason, it is just hard for some people to accept the concept of free will or the personal choice of not participating in vaccines. I pass no judgement on anyone’s choice when it comes to their health.
I found a few of the most common reasons for people not being vaccinated:
Most people I come across were initially afraid to take the vaccine due to unknown side effects. The most common side effects seem to be fever, muscle aches, soreness or tenderness at injection site, headache, chills, & fatigue.
The other reason is this, “if I can still get COVID then why do I even need to get the shot?” (keep reading for more of my two cents)
HERE’S THE POINT I REALLY WANT TO MAKE!
The divide is not between VACCINATED & UNVACCINATED. The divide is between RESPONSIBLE & IRRESPONSIBLE.
I am unvaccinated, not irresponsible.
I wear a mask.
I wash my hands—THOROUGHLY.
I practice social distancing.
And I would still do the same if I was vaccinated.
Let’s talk vaccines.
The media does a poor job of accurately informing the general public. Overall, their goal is to entertain, not really inform. The information we receive is 3rd party. I can only imagine how many times the information has been re-written & misconstrued before being aired to viewers. They air news & headlines that provide a false certainty & a misguided sense of assurance. The statistics are fluffed up for extra excitement & a little more razzle dazzle.
Contrary to popular belief, receiving the COVID vaccination does NOT prevent an individual from contracting or spreading the virus. It merely decreases the chances of severity of symptoms & makes hospitalization less likely. With that being said, vaccinated individuals can still be positive WITH symptoms. They can also be positive WITHOUT symptoms & transmit it to others without knowing. Hence why masks for vaccinated individuals is still necessary.
The vaccines’ effectiveness is supposed to allegedly last about 6 months. I’ve seen people test positive within 3 months or less of receiving their 2nd dose. Am I surprised? No, because I understand that vaccines do not prevent the virus nor the spread of it.
Here are some facts:
A modest percentage of people who are fully vaccinated will still get Covid-19 if they are exposed to the virus that causes it,” Dr. Walensky said in the email.
THE VACCINES WERE DESIGNED TO PREVENT SEVERE ILLNESS, NOT INFECTION.
The vaccines were intended to prevent hospitalization and death, the worst outcomes of infection, in large part the result of damage to the lungs and other organs.https://www.nytimes.com/article/covid-breakthrough-delta-variant.html
I said all that to say this, even if you are vaccinated- please be responsible. Yes, I know you’re not responsible for anybody else’s health. However, just for decent human courtesy. It would be nice.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had patients come into the office upset because they are asked to wear a mask. “I got the shot.” That’s ALWAYS the response. But let me tell you this…my last 2 exposures have not been from unvaccinated people. They have been from vaccinated people who thought they were “ok” (even though they had ALL the symptoms), just because “they got the shot.” Guess who they contracted the virus from? Vaccinated people. Undoubtedly, people who were didn’t feel the need to mask up because of receiving“the shot.”
Educating about the vaccine & it’s objective is key.
My second point:
The news & the community consistently blames the unvaccinated for the spread of the virus when that is not necessarily the case.
Honestly, when the CDC decided to release the new guidelines stating fully vaccinated individuals were no longer required to wear masks, they were too trusting that Americans would be honest. The dishonest unvaccinated ones that chose to forego the mask without the vaccine were irresponsible. THOSE are the ones responsible for the spread of the virus.
That ain’t got nothing to do with me. I was still responsible. Vaccinated? No! Responsible? Yes.
What it all comes down to is being a responsible & courteous human being. Vaccinated or not, wear the mask, wash your hands, & stay outta people’s face.
If people don’t wanna get vaccinated, mind your business & stay outta their way when you see them coming.
If requirements or mandates come, that’s whack as a heart attack but let people deal with that & cross that bridge when they get to it.
There has been some talk of unvaccinated people having higher insurance premiums. Why? If I’m not sick or costing any extra bills or claims, why should it matter?
I stood in the middle of COVID care for over 70 positive patients before scientists even knew what it was or even had a vaccine to offer. I have maintained negative results the whole pandemic, & now because I refuse their precious vaccine, I should be penalized. Get outta here!
Do I agree with the mandates? Absolutely not! Because I don’t believe anyone should be “made” to do something to their body if it’s not their desire or own free will. After all, as a nurse, we were always taught that a patient has a right to refuse any form of treatment. I believe & fully support medical freedom!
A little more perspective for you:
P.S. here’s how I’ve remained negative the entire pandemic :
- 1,000 mg Vitamin C
- 110mg Zinc Oxide
- Orange Juice
- Hydration (Water)
- 8-10 hours of sleep
- Keep stress levels low
- Wash hands or sanitize
- Wearing a mask
- Avoiding large crowds (social distancing)
Disclaimer: I am not a medical practitioner & not offering any medical advice. Everything in this article is strictly based upon personal experience & opinions.
Stay safe! Happy vaxxing!
Oh yeah, we thought 2020 was bad.
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