Friday, March 17, 2023

all clear

I COVID-tested myself again, about 24 hours after yesterday's test, and once again, the result came out negative (although I still have no clue how accurate this home test is). While part of me is happy and relieved, another part of me is pissed off because I've been hoping to catch COVID and benefit from natural immunity (there are reports that the immune systems of the naturally immune are still going strong even after a year, supporting the idea that immunity to one strain of COVID confers immunity to most or all strains). As a result, I'm happysad. But in practical terms, this means I can keep going to work (...yay?).

My boss had a killer day yesterday, and I think he was sicker than I was. His day went from around 2 p.m. to past 10 p.m. because the CEO wanted to see him to review some material together. I'm still sick, but at least I'm not experiencing any rales this morning. My nose remains runny; I'll give it one more neti-pot treatment before I head out the door. Very occasional coughing and still a bit of a sore throat, but I continue to gargle aggressively. I ought to be over this in a couple more days. This weekend will be devoted almost entirely to rest, which is something I'm a pro at. Proud of me, Mom?


Charles said...

Congratulations, I guess?

The home tests are not 100% accurate, obviously, but they tend to be less accurate early on--I know a lot of people who tested when they first started feeling symptoms (myself included) and got back negative results, but then tested positive a day or so later. Considering where you are in the illness cycle, I would say it's fairly unlikely that you're getting a false negative.

Prescription for the weekend: rest, fluids (maybe a warm lemon-ginger tea for the sore throat), and positive thoughts. Good luck.

Kevin Kim said...

Thanks. That sounds close to how I plan to spend my weekend.