Coronavirus Update From New York City: May 5, 2022

I hope all of my readers are healthy and safe, regardless of where you live.

Even though I have now had a couple of close brushes with COVID (another scare happened soon after Easter, when one of the people I ate Easter lunch with outdoors tested positive a few days later), I continue to remain COVID-free as the BA.2 subvariant of the Omicron variant continues to spread in New York City. The rest of my household also remains without COVID.

Speaking of boosters, I am glad to say that my parents received their second boosters! Both of them experienced some side effects from the second booster, but getting the second booster still most certainly beats getting hit seriously with the virus itself. And as a side benefit, our household got four free COVID tests! All the tests expired at the end of April though, so we had to use them quickly (and use them we did).

The BA.2 subvariant, on the other hand, continues to spread significantly in New York City. The level of spread is, at least for me, high enough to act with caution, high enough for me to currently avoid larger gatherings while being unmasked, and high enough to not want to eat indoors right now. It also means that when I go to a gathering with several people, I like to get tested so as to make sure I wouldn’t contribute to a super spreader event of any kind.

One sobering note I will end this post on is that there is a high likelihood that we will have surpassed 1 million deaths from COVID by the time I write my monthly update in June. We are approaching as many lives lost as there are people in San Jose, California. If that isn’t sobering, I don’t know what is.

That is it for me, for now. As always, I look forward to hearing how others are faring!

2 Replies to “Coronavirus Update From New York City: May 5, 2022”

  1. I appreciate your coverage of Covid and all its variants, Brendan. We’re far from out of the woods on this pandemic, and it’s good to remind people. It’s especially tough for those who are immunocompromised and must try to maneuver safely in a society that seems to have decided masks are no longer relevant.

    I got my second booster three days ago and had no ill effects except a sore arm at the injection site for two days.

    Do you have any plans to cover long Covid? It’s going to be a huge issue for our country and the world for years to come in terms of individual quality of life and impacts on our economy and health care system.


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    1. Thanks for your comment, Annie. We are indeed far from done with this pandemic, and people need to be reminded of that.

      I’m glad that you got your second booster. This is great news!

      In terms of plans to cover long COVID, hmmm. I wrote a post on American health care and responding to the long-term impacts of the pandemic ( where I talked about long-haulers some, but I don’t think I’ve written a post specific to long-haulers. I think it’s something that should get covered a lot more though, so I’ll need to think about what coverage of that might look like on my blog! I appreciate the suggestion.


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