Triple-vaccinated Maggie Haberman of the New York Times announced on Twitter that she tested positive for Covid but she wants people to know that breakthrough cases aren’t necessarily as “mild” as they’re being described in the media.
“Been lucky it isn’t worse, but at its worst it was like a bad flu and it’s dragged on/lingered,” she said. “Would welcome folks not continuing to say it’s all mild”
Been avoiding this but … covid is the absolute pits. Been lucky it isn't worse, but at its worst it was like a bad flu and it's dragged on/lingered. I'm vaxxed and boostered and still got a breakthrough case. Would welcome folks not continuing to say it's all mild.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 10, 2022
Um, she’s describing a mild respiratory virus:
You're tweeting and not in hospital. I would welcome anyone to call that dire. https://t.co/ABnc5lx7sN
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) January 10, 2022
The symptoms and duration of Covid infections in the vaccinate population don’t appear much different than every other year, so why are we still talking about shutting things down now?
People have died of the flu every year of my life, and nobody ever made me wear a mask. https://t.co/LfwrA0yAbi
— jimtreacher.substack.com (@jtLOL) January 11, 2022
Maybe we need everyone who tests positive and then announces it on Twitter to include one of those smiley-face pain charts you see at the pediatrician’s office so we have a common reference point?
The problem is that many health experts/US health leaders were using "mild" to be mean not in hospital, not deathly ill — which I don't think is what most Americans think of when they hear the word mild. https://t.co/X8eaiad6VA
— Sarah Karlin-Smith (@SarahKarlin) January 10, 2022
And when did we get to the point where “mild” became a synonym for “pleasant”?
Mild doesn't mean pleasant.
If you're going to insist that it's not mild because you were sick, I'm going to insist the vaccines don't work because they don't prevent transmission. https://t.co/MjCr2Lx1Gi
— Heimish Conservative (@HeimishCon) January 10, 2022
Yet, they want to use Haberman’s example as a reason to keep things shut down:
for the "let's just rush back to normal, mitigation isn't worth it, we're all gonna get it anyway" crowd https://t.co/2UguBZUupw
— Conor P. Williams (@ConorPWilliams) January 10, 2022
We're not talking about how bad it makes you feel. We're talking about "mild" in the sense that there are many things that we don't need to continue doing because of it. https://t.co/ixmBsHqWwj
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) January 10, 2022