I have an appointment with Johnson & Johnson

You can look at it, or you can touch it, but you can’t do both. That’s my policy.

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No one in my family/extended family had either a cold or flu this winter. This is certainly a first.

During my years of business travel, I got in the habit of using Clorox Wipes on airplanes, in hotels, my deck, phone, etc. during the flu season, washing my hands, and religiously not touching my face. As much as I was traveling, it was the only way to avoid being sick several times each winter. During those years, the only time I got sick was when my wife had a cold/flu and I was home for the week.

If I ever have to go back to that lifestyle (heaven forbid), knowing what I know now, I’ll also wear an N95 mask when I’m on planes or in airports - to hell with what anyone thinks of me.

I was sicker than I’ve ever been in late Feb 2020. Knocked me out for a day and a half and residuals for 2 weeks - just in time to go into the office again for 3 days before WFH started.

  • My wife and I came down with symptoms the same day but hadn’t been together for 3 days (it was a Monday - she was returning from a 3-day trip with her sisters).
  • None of our kids got it.
  • We likely were exposed/caught it at the same time.
  • We are pretty sure we know when we likely caught it (8 days before we were in a crowded place for a church conference and 10 days before went to a restaurant that could have had Int’l travelers from China) - the incubation period seems long for flu (usually 3-4 days)
  • We both gave blood in July and my wife didn’t have COVID anti-bodies (but how good was testing?). I don’t know my results because things didn’t get linked up correctly in the system.

I am pretty sure it was Influenza A (probably should have got tested, but the doctor said it was going around and to rest and intake fluids), but there’s still a small part of me that wonders if we had covid early. Probably not (they are postulating it was here earlier then reported, but in very small pockets), but would be ironic that we are probably the most careful of any of our friends. At least we knew if we got covid and it could be worse than flu, we knew how that felt and it sucked. BTW, I do get flu shots every year, but sometimes it’s a miss I guess.

Who did you schedule your appointment with? I can’t find anyone that’s taking appointments for under 65 yet.

Start here. Appointments might be a couple of Weeks out.

And if you aren’t a salt lake county resident check your county’s health department page. I’m guessing it’s front page for every county.

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It’s not so bad, I have a passport that allows transit through happy valley with 1 short stop. No layovers which is OK with me.

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Got an e-mail telling me that U of U faculty can now be vaccinated. (I didn’t need it because I’ve already been jabbed.) There must be plenty of vaccine available.

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I’m quite impressed at how well Utah is doing at getting needles in arms. My friends in CA say it’s very difficult there.

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I just got my first dose (Moderna) at the Salt Palace. Really slick. They have plenty of helpers there guiding people along. Probably more people helping out and giving shots than there were people getting shots. I live in West Jordan and my round trip was about an hour and 20 minutes. Plus, they set you up an appointment for your second dose.

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I was able to get my Mom and MIL (both under 65) vaccinated today - so happy to see this start coming to an end!

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Pretty fun to see so many people getting their vaccine now. Warm weather coming too meaning we can get back outside… if we can just keep the earthquakes, windstorms and riots in check this might turn out to be a decent year. (knock on wood)

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…(quietly cancels riot)…

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Sasha Baron Cohen is selling the vaccine now:

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Speaking of vaccines keep an eye out on Malaria. Listened to a couple doctors talking about eradicating malaria with the MRNA vaccine. Covid may evolve medicine where we can eliminate diseases globally.

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  • Pfizer vaccine, :heavy_check_mark:
  • Urge to delete Linux and install Microsoft products, :heavy_check_mark:

Seriously, it will open up my lifestyle since for a year I chose to not expose myself where I would be at the mercy of other people, such as:

  • Swimming with my great-nephews. Well, maybe not because public pools are gross anyway.
  • Eating in or around restaurants, though I had great food at home.
  • Shopping in non-essential stores instead of giving Jeff Bezos money.
  • Road trips. (Seriously, you have zero control over other people there, especially stopping in rural cities)

I can and will wear masks in public for all of those – except the swimming – likely throughout the summer.

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In Japan I had a sore throat from accidentally inhaling sea water. I coughed lightly in a small shop and the next time I turned around, the proprietor had magicked a mask from nowhere and put it on.

I don’t have a lot of hope for this in the US but I do think that as the politicization fades away people will at least get used to seeing masks in public. A lot of the problem was outrage at being told what to do (“muh freedum”). Maybe a few more pandemics down the road will shift the culture where government masking recommendation will be enough.

Definitely will be wearing N95s on any flights.

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