i inadvertently visited my brother and his family and it turned out his daughter had COVID at the time.
i didn't spend time in the house and instead sat in the garden with my brother as i normally do - but other family members came out to say hello.
despite all living in the same house and his wife feeling awful for a couple of days after - they all except the daughter tested negative via both laminar flow and PCR a few days later
my brother has had 2 shots of vaccine - his wife one -
2 days later i had flare in my normal symptoms of pain all over, stiffness, head pain, noise sensitivity, sleep problems, fatigue and mild increase in gut symptoms too. lasting around 2 weeks so far
also unusual symptoms for me - slight sore throat and nasal passages coming and going symptoms.
the confounding factor in my case is that for the last five weeks i have been trailing the herb astragalus for immune modulation - with what seem like mixed results.
but this flare in symptoms was nearly 4 weeks after starting - and 2 weeks after reducing to what seemed like a tolerable dose. such a delay casts some doubt over whether its astragalus causing the flare or something else.
i have changed very little else in my regime - so a virus is a possibility....
to try to understand this likelihood better - i looked at the sensitivities of lateral flow and PCR in asymptomatic cases - and found it was surprisingly low - PCR peaking at only 58-88% on day 4 dropping to near 0% after 10 days from infection - laminar flow was considerably worse. no data for people who were vaccinated already - but viral loads may well be lower in people who are vaccinated - and sensitivity therefore lower also.
in this scenario - the chances of the rest of the close knit household being negative when one is positive are pretty small i think - esp with the latest variant which forms the majority of cases in the UK now.
so its quite possible i have picked up the virus - and my messed up immune system is not reacting to it normally ( i haven't had a cold or flu either in the 7 years i have been ill with this thing - even when people around me have them)
so i would tend to agree with Quin on this - that in some cases the vaccinated people are carrying SARSCov-2 - and are infectious - but people with lyme etc do not necessarily display typical symptoms and general existing symptoms may just flare.
just a theory - but seems to fit the facts better than anything else i can think of
have stepped up the ivermectin i was taking for immune modulation to 2x a week in case - and hoping that helps
Post Edited (Garzie) : 9/12/2021 4:10:01 AM (GMT-6)