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COVID Corner

This page serves as the one-stop source for everything we’ve posted regarding COVID throughout the pandemic. Please stay tuned as we add to it. Thanks.


1/04/21 COVID and Me By Carl Kaestle

John Stewart asked me to write a paragraph about my experience with the Covid virus. About ten weeks ago, I developed a set of cold symptoms: mild cough, drippy nose, slightly sore throat, and a bit of fatigue. “Uh-oh,” I thought. “Here it comes.” And it stayed for maybe three or four weeks, but didn’t get worse. So, I decided that I had gotten the “woosie” version of this virus. The lab confirmed that it was indeed the corona virus. By this time, everyone was using a mask and keeping distance, so I did not get near people at the corner store in my rural village of North Egremont. My girlfriend kept her distance; my son-in-law came for Thanksgiving for several days, as a guest in my house. We used masks in the house sometimes. He went back to Virginia, healthy as a racehorse. Then the nurses monitoring me said I should quarantine myself for two weeks. So I did that. By the end of that time my symptoms had weakened and quit. What a nice virus. How lucky I was. Surely some classmates had nastier encounters with the virus. That’s my upbeat story of covid and me.

1/04/21 Update on Chip Neville A check-in with Chip yielded the following, on Christmas Day: “Thanks. Yes, we are still OK [negative test results]. We are scheduled to get our first vaccinations in the week after New Years, but they may be delayed depending on supply. Steve Buck wants me to post about our vaccination appointments. I hate needles, especially the square, rusty, horse needle kind, but I hope the rest will be a breeze.”

12/23/20 A Note about COVID Corner and by Al Chambers

Dec. 11, 2020 Classmate Chip Neville reports: “Well, the COVID-19 virus has hit home. Judi and I went to bed with headaches and sore throats last evening. We feel better now, but we are quarantined until our COVID-19 tests come back. We get tested every Wednesday here at Brookdale Chatfield, and today was Wednesday.

“I had an appointment with my PCP physician, but UCONN told us they wouldn’t let us in the building. Fortunately, we called first. I guess if it’s serious we have to go to the emergency room. It could be worse. Hospitals in some states are soon not going to have room left to treat anybody, but Connecticut isn’t there yet.

“We are in the midst of an epidemic here. Tom across the hall from us has the Corona Virus, and there is a sign on his door saying do not enter without full protective equipment. His friend, and our friend, Bob upstairs also has the Corona Virus.”

11/02/20 Shakespeare: understanding “the heavens’ plagues” by Michael Bristol

10/12/20 Personal Experience with Trump Medication by Chip Neville

9/25/20 According to Yale Today, Yale has designated three independent laboratories to perform the university-developed SalivaDirect™ COVID-19 test. Along with Yale Pathology Labs — the first to offer the test — Access Medical Laboratories, Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), and Mirimus, Inc., represent the initial wave of providers for the innovative testing method. They will make SalivaDirect™ available to people in Florida, Minnesota and New York by late September. For the rest of the story, visit the Yale Today site here.

7/23/20 Pandemic Reading, Anyone?

7/17/20 COVID and Confusion By William Stork

Yale Announces Plan for Fall Semester

On Wednesday, July 1, President Peter Salovey and Provost Scott Strobel announced the fall semester news in a message to the Yale community. We asked classmate Lee Bolman for his reaction. “On a quick look: moving classes online is the right thing. Bringing back ~60% of students is risky. The extensive testing regime may help, though CDC says there’s not evidence that such a program reduces infection beyond what you can achieve with social distancing. How will the quarantine requirements for students from high-risk areas be enforced? Almost inevitably, there will be mini-spikes of Covid-19 in the undergraduate population, and the hope is that they can be identified and controlled quickly. As the university acknowledges, the program is intrusive in many ways, and how well undergraduates will comply with the social distancing and travel restrictions is an open question. Interesting times, for sure.” For Lee’s recent essay on “Yale, COVID and What About Fall 2020?” please READ ON

“Whether” Report: Hong Kong. July 1, 2020 By William Stork

Yale, COVID and What About Fall 2020? By Lee Bolman

Updated 6/19/20
Happy 80th Birthday, Y62 style, in the COVID era