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Two years later, the Corona virus became the focus of all my coverage as a science reporter in the Times (and all my thoughts were waking up every hour); here it is: I tested positive for the virus.
My case was mostly soft, as the virus is usually for any healthy 40-something individual. But the experience nonetheless gave me the perspective that I would not have gained from reading scientific papers or interviewing experts.
Over the past two years, I’ve written millions of articles about coronavirus – non-symptomatic infections, tests, immune-protecting our bodies, infections of success and boosters. I interviewed myself many times to answer questions about the disease, the American response to the epidemic and the virus.
But all along, my relationship with the virus has remained academic, non-personal. Even when Delta Variant was caught in India and I was sleeping, worried about my parents, it was still not at my doorstep.
To be honest, I’m surprised at the amount of time it took for me to catch the code. As someone who covers chronic illnesses, I’m not worried about pathogens, and my family and I have taken some risks during an outbreak. My husband teaches squash indoors, often without masks, my kids have been taking me personally to school – even masked – since the fall of 2020 and I’ve traveled on airplanes, which includes 20 hours of travel to India. Is included Omicron Addition.
But we’ve all been vaccinated and raised (except for my 10-year-old daughter, who’s still not fit for Booster) and relatively healthy, so we know when we can produce some symptoms. If we did get a quote, we would most likely recover soon. We wore masks around vulnerable people, including my mother-in-law and friends who have young children.
At an (indoor) dinner in early March, a friend and I wondered how our family had survived the quad. The virus seemed to backfire and the cases in New York City were less than a month away. We think we are in the clear.
I should have known that I was trying to luck.
Three days later, I received an email from my city school testing program in my spam folder warning me that my son was positively tested for the virus. I immediately notified the school. That evening, a friend in the city called me to give me some information. He started with “Cody is a disease that is caused by a virus called the corona virus. It was almost dinner time, and I was still finishing my story – on the science of the Corona virus, of course – so I asked if we could move on. But he needed to go into every detail of the disease, the symptoms, and the quarantine protocol.
After 16 minutes of this one-way conversation, he asked me if I had any questions. I didn’t, and I’m lucky enough to not need quarantine housing or free shipping in the city.
It was Thursday, March 10. Looking back, my husband noticed the weather earlier this week, but a quick test said he was free of the virus. My son also had itching in the cat, but had it checked for seasonal allergies. As the experts I interviewed have said, the symptoms were unknown.
Even though my fast test went negative, I decided to act as if I were a liar. I warned my colleagues. I was guaranteed to hang out with friends. My kids can cancel all their activities. I finally tested positive.
On Friday night, my daughter developed a low grade fever but by the next morning she was again filled with flu. As expected, we adults were very impressed. I was hit by a severe cold and a lot of restlessness. By next Wednesday, I was too sick to work. I learned that even those with a mild case can experience the symptoms.
I feel honored to have the time and energy to work from home when I feel I can’t. And I’m also fortunate, that my kids are old enough to not need continuous care and that they attend a school that accommodates remote learning. I also knew before that I had a lie that the disease had a lot of disproportionate effects on illiterate communities, but as I said in the Times podcast “The Daily”, getting ill with the virus in the context of acne. Keep.
I have written about many ailments – HIV, TB, malaria, leprosy, polio – that have never occurred to me. I could have done without the experience of getting a quote. I’m not worried about these symptoms being persistent for long – vaccination significantly reduces the risk of so-called long-term infections – but I’m still very fond of sleep.
I am thankful that this virus received a rich, extensive immune defense. But for the most part, I am very happy with what our readers have noticed.