Earlier this week I both took a Covid test and wore a face mask for the first time in a long time. I hadn't been planning to do either.

I really didn't think I had Covid. I had a wicked sore throat, and barely any voice, so I wasn't going to church anyway, but I finally decided to take the test. If it turned out negative, Porter could reassure choir members that I hadn't exposed him—at least not to that—and if it were positive, I would have the reassurance that I was being given an immunization better than any vaccine could.

Taking a Covid test is a lot less stressful if you really don't care about the result.

As I had expected, it was negative.

For some reason, that knowledge didn't help either my throat or my voice. Covid-19 must not be the only virus game in town. At least I had the "it's not Covid" reply at the ready should anyone ask.

The face mask? That was because I had to go to the grocery store. I know masks are no longer considered particularly useful at stopping the spread of viruses, but it was completely effective for what I asked of it: encouraging other people to keep their distance, and shielding me from  their dirty looks should I be afflicted by a sneeze or a cough.

The only really scary part of the experience was how normal the mask felt after the first few minutes.

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I'm seeing more people wearing masks. I still have a good supply if I need//want them.

Posted by Laura Babcock on Saturday, September 09, 2023 at 4:39 pm

Don't get me wrong; I don't plan to make a habit of this. My primary reason for taking the Covid test was so that I would know if I had the immunity boost.

As long as masks are completely voluntary, I reserve the right to wear one when I feel like it. Which is almost never, but there are times. And when I fly, I keep a few in my carry-on luggage. There've been too many times when I've sat on a plane near someone who is obviously sick; I want to have that security blanket available. If it's just a psychological placebo effect, so be it. I'm a great believer in the placebo effect. :)

Posted by SursumCorda on Saturday, September 09, 2023 at 5:43 pm
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