Finally Negative

I tested again on Friday the 13th, the test result was less clear than Thursday (couldn’t see it in a photo). It looked like a very very very faint positive and since I still had a runny nose, sneezed a lot, and felt a little off I had to count it as a positive and cancel my hopes for a hike on Sunday😭

Today I had my first negative result, if I have another negative result in 48 hours I’m free 😊

Still Positive

On the 12th day I’m still showing positive 😦

It’s an extremely faint line at “T” but that counts.

Two days ago I tested and the test line was as dark as the control line. From what I’ve read on the net from normally reliable sources, it’s likely the infection is almost completely gone, assuming I did all three test with the same accuracy.

Not So Happy New Year for Me

I added the “P” with sharpie after the test results showed to make sure we didn’t accidently mix up my test with the test my sister was taking right after me. She tested negative but my result is preventing her from attending a long anticipated party with older friends this year 😦

I’m 63, in good health, and have had my 5 shots (initial 2 plus 3 boosters). My symptoms are very mild, minor sore throat and half degree fever. So there is a very high probability that I’ll recover fine on my own. I am now wearing a KN95 mask whenever I leave my bedroom and home office.

Heat Doesn’t Rise

“Heat rises” is a fairly common phrase but anyone who has ever soldered knows it’s false. Heat flows from hot areas to less hot areas.

“Hot air rises” is better than the shorter phrase because this is most often the case here on planet earth. However it is not always correct, if the surrounding air is also hot there is no movement.

The most accurate phrase to express this idea is, “heated air rises”. But that doesn’t roll off the tongue well, most people will never learn soldering, and when the surrounding air is the same temperature who cares, so “heat rises” will have to do. 🙂

We Blew It

What does the existence of these new subvariants mean for the pandemic? First, basically – we blew it. Our COVID response was not a complete failure, but the initial response was, and later compliance was simply not enough to really knock down the virus. Lackluster vaccination rates are what has allowed these subvariants to multiply.

Go read the rest, The Subvariants Are Coming | Science-Based Medicine, then go get vaccinated/boosted,