Covid Comes A-Knocking.

After escaping more than two years of the pandemic, Covid has finally arrived Chez Beetleypete.

Following a bad headache yesterday, and a persistent cough last night, Julie did a home test this morning, and tested positive for C-19. Because she works for our local doctor, that means a mandatory five days off work, and no return until two negative tests are confirmed.

There is additonal fallout from this. We have had to cancel a family meal booked for next Sunday at a restaurant, and the engineer trying to fix our erratic heating will not be able to come into the house to work.

At least we are both fully-vaccinated, so that should stop the symptoms being bad enough to require further treatment. Fingers crossed for that of course.

Julie worked all through the worst of the pandemic. She often expected to contract the virus, but was lucky not to. In the last few weeks, various colleagues of hers have also tested positive, and she has done extra shifts to cover their absences.

We had probably both become rather complacent about the virus, but today’s positive test has brought home the reality that it has not gone away, and we have to live with its constant threat.

102 thoughts on “Covid Comes A-Knocking.

    1. Julie wasn’t too bad once she got rid of the cough. But I was very ill with it, including some breathing difficulties that almost saw me end up in hospital. The worst is over now, thankfully.
      Best wishes, Pete. x

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  1. Oh Pete, I hope Julie’s symptoms aren’t too severe. Missing your big Christmas dinner is very disappointing, of course. Fingers crossed you will be okay. It’s interesting that some people can be asymptomatic. We have been hit with Covid in the classroom, parents and children, quite a lot over the past two weeks. Just when things seemed calm, people were out more over the holidays and traveled over Thanksgiving. Thank goodness we have a break for a week so (hopefully) everyone can get well. I’m catching up with blog reading at last, and I know this is the evening of your cancelled meal. Best to you and Julie.

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  2. Get well soon, both of you! My entire family contracted some weird fever during August and it left us all shaken and low on immunity. It felt as if we had been beaten with a bat. We still don’t feel as strong. Probably COVID. We didn’t get tested since we all could taste and smell just fine. It didn’t even occur to us until later that could actually be COVID.
    I hope you fare better than us. ☺️

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  3. Good golly… coincidence… my SO just tested positive on the home test… twice, two hours ago. Just a very mild cough, so far, and a runny nose. No fever. Likely I am next. Better off being at work than at home. 🙂

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  4. I hope Julie gets back to feeling 100% soon, Pete. Somehow, Covid has not hit our family yet – fingers crossed it does not. We are fully vaccinated for what that is worth, but for sure that doesn’t mean it can’t arrive at our doorstep. My best to you, Julie, and Ollie.

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    1. We are both fully vaccinated, and boosted. Of course, the vaccine was never going to stop anyone getting it, just reduce the effects if we did. Glad to hear your family has escaped it, Bruce.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Vets are divided about pets getting Covid. Apparently, cats can get it, but it is very rare for dogs. However, they can potentially spread the virus by contact, so I can’t let any strangers stroke Ollie at the moment.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. Sorry to hear that, Pete. My wife and I also got Covid after being fully vaccinated and I am pretty sure that because of the vaccinations it was a fairly mild attack only. So, I hope it won’t hit you too much either, and I wish you a speedy and full recovery.
    All the best,
    Pit

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  6. So sorry to hear it, Pete. It seems Covid will be with us forever. As you may remember I had it in August, not long after I received my second booster. It wasn’t pleasant, but not serious either, and I was thankful Bob didn’t get. Take care and I hope Julie feels better and is well soon.

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  7. Hi Pete, I am so sorry to read this. We also escaped for two years and then we all had covid in March. Gregory and I were very sick for three weeks and it took me three months to get back to normal. My sister has covid currently and she’s been quite ill too, but some people hardly get any symptoms. I hope Julie and you will be the later.

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  8. Best of health and a quick recovery. The bugs are still out there. I see quite a few people masking up. Flu, Strep, RSV and Covid, all just around the corner or the person with the wet cough who appears behind you in line…

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  9. Sorry to hear this Pete. Hope Julie isn’t too poorly. My son caught it last week and was quite ill, but he does have diabetes and it messed up his sugar levels. Hope you don’t catch it too.

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    1. Julie has T2 Diabetes, and she is currently lying on the sofa feeling poorly. We are not bothering to try to avoid each other, which is impractical in a bunglaow. So if I get it, that will be bad luck. I hope your son made a full recovery.
      Best wishes, Pete. x

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  10. Really sorry to read this, Pete and I send my best wishes to Julie. People like yourselves who risk so much to help others, deserve a special place in heaven.
    So sorry about the cancelled meal and servicing appointment.

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  11. Sorry it is hitting Julie and fingers crossed for you, Pete. Several members of our family have gotten it in the last few months. Thank goodness it wasn’t severe and didn’t last long. I am certain it will be a much gifted gift for all the world during our Seasons this month.
    Stay safe.

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  12. Here’s to a speedy recovery….I contracted Covid 6 weeks ago which entailed Rapid Response Team, carers etc. (the perils of the vulnerable!) But signed off by the physio this morning who is impressed with my recovery, so onwards and upwa4ds. All the best to you both

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  13. Sorry to hear this. I do hope Julie doesn’t suffer too badly and is OK for Christmas. It doesn’t seem fair after all this time avoiding it. Seems it hits everyone sooner or later. Sending hugs her way. Take care.

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  14. My experience is similar. I didn’t catch Covid until two-and-a-half years into the pandemic, and then I only had a mild case, thanks no doubt to my four vaccinations. But it took me several weeks to recover my strength, after testing negative again.

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  15. I wish Julie a safe recovery… and all should be in her favor given the vax and she’s managed to avoid it all this time. Me and mine just got the booster (5th shot for us) last week. So far we both have avoided it. Last week both security guards at the county building next door got it at the same time. One of our guys went over there to fill in.. and we had a week of overtime. One of those affected guys came back after five days. Seems he can return to work after five days without testing negative as long as he shows no symptoms and wears a mask. We are watching the guy who went over there.. everyone has been avoiding him. Oddly, I am more wondering why I haven’t gotten it all this time, and why. I don’t even get the flu… haven’t in decades. Count the blessings I suppose.
    Watch yourself, old buddy.

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