Noel Hunter

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So let’s follow the logic today. People/Trump think Covid-19 is a hoax. So they won’t wear face masks, which are free or cheap, or social distance. However, to prevent getting the hoax, it’s a good idea to take hydroxychloroquine, a prescription drug with serious side effects, and to get tested daily, along with everyone around you, who must wear masks, but not you, except once or twice to prove you can. And to quarantine anyone who gets it, unless they are in the hospital for a month after attending your rally like Herman Cain. And all of this is somehow part of an elaborate scheme, which is China’s fault, because they started the virus which is a hoax, and failed to warn us, so that we could not take the necessary precautions, because it isn’t that dangerous, to get the Democrats to shut down the economy, which worked in other countries, but not here, to hurt your re-election chances. The solution is to form a secret police to protect our statues by abducting people near sites where vandalism occurs, and to let your friends out of prison early, because of the danger that they might get the hoax virus, which they will be safe from outside, where they won’t take any precautions.

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I have been part of a study at Wake Forest on COVID-19, and was given an antibody test. According to the test, I have G and M antibodies, which means that I had the virus. The doctor thinks it was “recent,” but more than two weeks ago, and the test I took is probably > 90% accurate. Since early on, I have worn a mask, and washed my hands regularly. I haven’t been to a party, indoor dining, or anything else besides work and essential shopping. The few times I have socialized, we were outdoors, six feet apart, and five or less people. I didn’t have a fever, cough, or any other obvious symptoms. I had some subtle symptoms that in retrospect might have been from it. I still have some. At work, I have been careful, since I often touch people’s keyboards, and sometimes are closer that six feet. Many people have been close to me without masks. Since I wore one, there is a fairly low chance I gave it to them, but it’s not as low as it could have been. My takeaways are that if you are out in the world around people not distancing and masking, it must be very hard to avoid getting it. The way things are going here, almost everyone is going to get it. Hopefully, they won’t have any problems. But we know that it’s likely some will. If we can slow it enough to keep hospital beds free, we can get though this. But I worry about schools opening, and universities returning. I hope those I know who are not masking and distancing will take my experience into account, and change their behavior. It may not protect them, but it can help us all if it slows down infections. I am still taking precautions, because doctors say it’s not certain that we can’t be reinfected, or relapse, and I don’t want to make things worse.

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