Fella at work, not a young buck, but not knackered either…an otherwise fit and healthy 50 something got it. He has lost 75% of his lung capacity, has to use oxygen full time and cannot walk more than about 10-20 yards without feeling tired and out of breath. Career over, life as he knows it JS over, and there’s some thought amongst those who know how active he was that this might be a fate worse than death unless he can get a successful lung transplant.But he’s highly unlikely to be gasping for air at his age even if he catches covid is he? It’s a pointless threat the same as parents telling kids not to do drugs etc - they simply will not feel scared because they know, or more accurately feel, the risk is miniscule. I’m 39 and none of my friends or peers that have had covid have had anything more than it be a mild inconvenience for a few days. Most young people are getting the jab in case it helps them go on holiday, get into nightclubs or even just because it’s the right thing to do for the world.
I’ve had my jab because it’s the right thing to do, not because I’m scared of covid and if you want to convince someone to have it you’d be much better off explaining how it will be part of protecting elderly / vulnerable relatives and helping society get back to normal quicker. Jabs are our only way out and that’s why people need to have them, it’s that simple.
We have heard PLENTY of stories of young athletes, those expressing the least concern, dropping and never recovering before dying. My own son (21 at the time) had a few symptoms last March. Told him to get in bed, get some rest and call me if he has any breathing difficulties, because 15 months ago, that was the only thing you could take someone to hospital far, as they didn’t even have the TESTS in the ER (A&E) to confirm you had it! Sure enough, at 2 in the morning he phoned me from the other side of the house saying he can’t catch a full breath!
Now, this is a lad who benches 300lbs, played Wide Receiver in school for the Football team, and broke track records!
10 minutes later we were in the ER and they were taking chest x-rays. Pneumonia…in an otherwise perfectly healthy young man! COVID!!
Doctor literally told us to go home, quarantine and take EVERY precaution not to spread it. She literally told us, “You do not want to go upstairs in the COVID ward, it is full of old people waiting to die and gasping for every breath. Go home, take care of yourself, but get back here ASAP if you REALLY can’t breathe and I’ll admit you!”
It’s not to be trifled with…by anyone, any age, even bulletproof lads who think they are immortal!