I am not surprised that I didn’t actually have coronavirus, based on my antibody test from Quest. I was very sick this year but it was like a very bad cold. I got the blood draw because I was curious. There was coronavirus in the building and our very odd cold seemed quite coronavirus-like in January. But it turned out to be a regular cold, just one that stuck around for a good 21-28 days and caused us to have trouble breathing and cough up blood and generally feel absolutely unwell.*
I was thinking about things that used to not exist and now exist every where.
- Water bottles that you buy filled already with water
- Water bottles that you fill yourself—as a kid, I think the only bottles I saw were squeeze water bottles, carried by people sporting sweatbands around their foreheads and wrists. How did we hydrate before? Water fountains. Or we just lived in a perpetual state of dehydration.
- Smartphones—this is a relatively new one, they’ve only been around since like 2011!
- Hand sanitizer—I feel like this only started to be a thing in the past ten years. I associated it with children and water shortages in drought zones. Always been grossed out by hand sanitizer. Still am.
- This is very sudden, but face masks. Yeah. I remember back in February 2020 when you couldn’t wear a face mask inside a bank or a convenience store. Now we all are.
*The silver lining of this cold was, we were so sick that we self-isolated before it was cool. Because when the coronavirus news broke at the end of February, I told Babbo, “we gotta stay inside as much as we can. I am not prepared to get really sick again after getting so sick before.”