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Vaccinated Michael Rosenbaum Gets COVID-19 Highlighting the Importance of Vaccines Alongside Other Anti-Virus Practices

Michael Rosenbaum, Inside of You Podcast.
Michael Rosenbaum, Inside of You Podcast.

Michael Rosenbaum, who you may be more familiar with in his role as Lex Luthor on the TV Series, Smallville, but is currently making a name for himself with his podcast, Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum, recently announced that he had caught COVID-19.

The reason I bring this up is that he had mentioned previously on his podcast that he was fully vaccinated. Now I'm not pointing this out to say vaccines don't work, they do, they're just not an absolute guarantee that you can't still carry the virus, or get sick from the virus. Michael is a relatively high profile example.

In a previous post, Lower Your Expectations, COVID-19 Vaccines aren't a 'Cure All', I highlighted that vaccines are just another line of defense against the virus. They don't make you immune to being a carrier or from experiencing symptoms. However, if you do experience symptoms, they should be less severe, and it's less likely you'll need to be hospitalized. 

That said, Michael did describe his symptoms as 'f**king brutal'. However he still advocates for getting vaccinated and attributes being vaccinated as a contributor to his recovery.

In a more recent post, COVID-19: Not Vaccinated Does Not Equate to 'Anti-vaxxer', I pointed out that, even though you're vaccinated, maybe getting back to normal things, like packing into a crowded stadium for a sporting event or concert, might still not be a good idea just yet. Especially when it only takes one person with COVID-19, loose in the community for a few days undetected, to cause a lockdown.

An argument could be made that a vaccinated person with COVID-19 is less likely to think they have the virus and get tested than an unvaccinated person. They could potentially be in the community longer and spread the virus further.

If you are vaccinated, that's great. I fully support you and your decision. Just don't treat people who have yet to get vaccinated (or choose not to at this time) as some kind of bane to your ability to get back to 'normal'.

While you do have a lower risk of carrying the virus, or showing symptoms, you aren't immune. You could be in a stadium full of vaccinated people with any one of them unknowingly carrying the virus. Should that happen, are you going to be all over that and get tested right away, or are you going to just assume you're probably okay, because you've been vaccinated?

As always, I fully support vaccines, getting vaccinated, and your right to choose whether you do get vaccinated. I especially support getting vaccinated if you often place yourself in high risk environments  where COVID-19 may be present.

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Vaccinated or not, you should continue to do all the other things that have served the community well, social distancing, masks when you can't social distance, hand washing, getting tested and isolating if you start showing symptoms, etc. 

Personally I'm keeping an eye on vaccine research. I've heard rumblings that some health officials are considering a third jab may be beneficial... which gives me pause for concern. Firstly, it's hard enough rolling out a vaccine that requires two applications without adding the pressure of a third.

However, following on from some research that suggests your two jabs of vaccine could be one of each type, a third jab is really getting into the fuzzy logic of more medicine equals faster cure... when it actually results in an overdose, and potentially death. 'More is better' is not a mantra for medicines you want to promote.

What I really want to hear is 'we've come up with a vaccine that stops COVID-19 in its tracks'. That may or may not be realistic but hopefully researchers are getting good data from everyone who has confidence in getting vaccinated. Thank you to everyone who has. Maybe one day we will have a reliable cure and not just a vaccine?

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  1. There's no cure for the flu either, influenzer to give it its full title, after all these years, only a vaccine, which doesn't stop you getting it either, just might not get it as bad.

    Lots of people have died of the flu, especially the elderly and if they had underlying medical problems. We have learnt to live with that, getting an injection each flu season for most of us, in the elderly range anyway, don't know about the rest. Some might have to if they work in medical places or looking after the elderly in nursing homes.

    I remember when I was younger bringing up the family in the 70s with school age children, we adults used to get the flu in winter and we didn't get vaccinated as it wasn't pushed then, but the symptoms were awful, hot sweats and shivery, with high temperature, loss of appetite, plus general aches and pains. It usually put you to bed for a few days, if you had someone to take over things in the house and family. Lasted about a week or so.

    They used to say that a cold or flu takes four days to run its course before you start to get well. I suppose it was our youth that saved us then to make us able to get back on our feet again. Usually, Mum didn't always get it as she was too busy looking after the rest of the family that had it, to worry about whether she'd get it. I did have some bad bouts of flu though back then in my 'young family' days, but managed to bounce back without having been vaccinated. Never even thought about that then, it was just something that you might catch each winter, depending on your general health I suppose and your immune systems ability to fight it.

    So, we have learnt to live with the flu, maybe we can with the COVID.

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    1. I think that learning to live with COVID-19 is where we are trying to head but the virus spreads so fast and is difficult to contain even with a fully vaccinated population (so it seems).

      Flu is often pointed to as being like COVID-19 yet we don't put up the same fuss for that. However I don't think the chance is anywhere near as high that you might be hospitalized with the flu, and even less that you'll die from it. Which is not to say people don't die from it or that a lot of people don't die from it.

      I've never had a flu shot (at least not as far as I know). If the flu is as contagious as they say it is we should all be getting it a lot more often than we do and seeing it spread more than we do... especially since it can be spread via surfaces.

      Anyway, who knows. Maybe the future is getting COVID-19 vaccine boosters every six months until all traces of the virus disappear from the planet (like with other diseases).

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