Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Question for Our Times


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements.
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I had an odd thought the other day...

What if your reaction to the COVID vaccine (mild side effects versus the more severe reactions) is indicative of how you would have reacted to catching the virus?

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  1. Interesting thought, maybe it actually is?!

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  2. In a weird way this question reminds me of the movie I watched last night, "Warm Bodies". Zombies ended up reverting to the living thanks to one male specimen falling for a human gal. :) The only lame part was the CGI creatures. Oh, well. Interesting theory about the virus, by the way.

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    1. Spoilers? I remember hearing about this movie, but I never saw it.

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  3. Yes, I agree, Martha might be right... I think it can be relating.

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  4. That's an interesting question. Not sure the answer.

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  5. Hardly reacted at all to either vaccination shot, but am supposedly at high risk of dying from COVID because of advanced age plus a chronic lung disease. (Somehow I doubt this, but no way do I want actually catch COVID and see what happens.)

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    1. Yeah, definitely don't want to find out how I would have done if I had gotten it. Very happily vaccinated thankyouverymuch.

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  6. It may well be true, but I've also heard (anecdotally) that the older you are, the less reaction you'd have. I don't think that's quite true - one of my cousins (age 73) had such a bad reaction to her first shot that they kept her at the vaccination place for a while and had three nurses observing her at one point. She was able to get her second shot and, fortunately, was fine. She's in remission from cancer, so, yes - what if?

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    1. My father barely had a reaction. His wife, more so. They're over 70.

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  7. yeah....doubt it and if it is well, I would rather be safe than sorry. This makes me think of times when I bought a piece of clothing only to see the exact same thing on sale somewhere else.

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    1. I'm totally not saying don't get the shot. (I've had both. I recommend getting vaccinated highly.) I'm just wondering if there's any correlation.

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  8. This may be truth. My parents got their vaccinations with no side effects (they are 80 and 81). And Mom had covid a few months ago. Wouldn't have known she had it at all. She only got tested because due to contact tracing.
    My niece had Covid (the contact traced) and it was like getting the flu for her. When she got vaccinated, she said she had a sore arm and ... one other thing. Headache I think.

    So yeah... on a much smaller scale, in my limited observation this appears to ring true!

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  9. What I'm curious is vaccine have anything to do with gentic make up.
    My first shot was lot worst then my second shot. The strange thing I had meltic taste in my mouth after the second one.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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  10. Hi Liz - we're going to learn a great deal more as time evolves - just glad you've had the jabs ... all the best - Hilary

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  11. Actually, Liz, I too had a similar thought ... when kept hearing about different ways in which people were reacting to the inoculation ...

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  12. Fascinating question, Liz. I get my second dose next Monday and I can hardly wait! They say to hydrate before and after, so I will. My older sister reacted badly to the 2nd shot (killer headache, dizziness, though only for 24 hours), but my 93-yr-old mother had no reaction whatsoever to either shot! But as for the question of how we would react to the virus, at least 20 of the people in my mother's nursing home died from the virus. So grateful she didn't even get it!

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  13. Here we've been told that side effects are a good sign because it means your immune system has been triggered and you are developing anti-bodies. I kind of wondered if that was like the doctors who told me my 9 months of all-day sickness with the Barbarians meant all sorts of positive things - I'm sure it was as much to make me feel better on something they had no control over than actually meaning anything.

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  14. Then if that was the case, I would have flown right through it with no issues at all....But since we will never know then I am still glad I got the shot. Hoping that I still don't start growing an extra boob or arm or anything!!

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    1. We will never know for sure. And I'd much rather not take the chance.

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