It is difficult for me to write this blog. Because, it is not only COVID infection number’s, it is our family suffering and it is so close to us. I am not medical doctor and I can not give medical recommendations. However, I would like to share our family’s true story for warning of the cruel side of the COVID, especially to our senior citizens.
One of our elder family member, who is 86 years old and resides in the nursing home, got COVID infection. Sadly, he was diagnosed just one day after the first vaccine shot. I truly wish if he could have taken the vaccine earlier. He did not have symptoms, only fatigue and some decrease in appetite after being diagnosed for COVID. After 10 days he was moved out of the COVID unit, and we were happy to see his recovery.
Just 6 days after being removed from the COVID unit, his health dramatically fell downward. He was immediately sent to the hospital ICU unit. His lungs were infected, and he was intubated and placed on a ventilator. Needless to say, we were all sad and in shock.
That reminded me to what I had heard some stories about COVID cases in Wuhan, China one year ago. Some patients recovered well after one or two weeks. Then the second wave came. The second wave hit them so hard, some of them lost their lives.
Luckily, we have vaccines here! Israel is offering the optimistic data on the effectiveness of their vaccines as the results of one third of their population have been vaccinated at least with one shot. Although the battle with the COVID will not be easy because of the mutations of virus, at least we have the weapons from biopharm to help. I had my first shot of the vaccine last Friday as an essential worker!
Dear friends, the COVID is serious and cruel! To survive in this pandemic we need science and sacrifice! Please follow the guidance of using face mask, social distance, washing hands…… and vaccinate!!!