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  • GaleHawkinsGaleHawkins Member Posts: 8,051 Member Member Posts: 8,051 Member
  • T1DCarnivoreRunnerT1DCarnivoreRunner Member Posts: 11,262 Member Member Posts: 11,262 Member
    New website to help people find vaccines. Currently in a pilot program with 4 states - Alaska, Indiana, Iowa, and Tennessee.

    Http://www.vaccinefinder.org
    edited February 25
  • GaleHawkinsGaleHawkins Member Posts: 8,051 Member Member Posts: 8,051 Member
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/24/health/coronavirus-variant-nyc.html

    Sounds like this is a good reason to not let down our Covid-19 guard just yet.
  • GaleHawkinsGaleHawkins Member Posts: 8,051 Member Member Posts: 8,051 Member
    https://news.yahoo.com/israel-adopts-law-allowing-names-153232886.html

    This is a Covid-19 pandemic side effect that may be spreading around the world.
  • GaleHawkinsGaleHawkins Member Posts: 8,051 Member Member Posts: 8,051 Member
  • Gisel2015Gisel2015 Member Posts: 3,783 Member Member Posts: 3,783 Member


    I think that it is wise. We still have a bunch of restrictions with only two doses, and I wouldn't mind getting a third one in six months to really boost my immune system.

    People under 18 are not allowed to get the vaccine until clinical trials for the younger people prove that the vaccine is safe and effective in that population. So the older generation still have to be careful and mostly keep away from younger children/grandchildren that are not part of their bubble.

    As a posted two days ago, Moderna is already testing a booster to combat the S. Africa variant; and since we are seeing more home-grown mutations showing up in the country, a booster from Pfizer and Moderna makes a lot of sense to me. My arm is ready :D

  • Gisel2015Gisel2015 Member Posts: 3,783 Member Member Posts: 3,783 Member
    33gail33 wrote: »
    I had a covid test yesterday and today I have what feels like a mild sinus headache/irritation under the eye on the side they did the "brain poke". Anyone else have this, and is it normal? It's not really bad but considering I have to get tested weekly now it is gonna be annoying if this happens every time.

    I had a covid test in December but it was an oral swab. Glad that they didn't do the deep nasal one. My ENT looks at my sinus every time that I see him, and I don't enjoy the procedure. I am sorry that you are having some side effects. Hope that you feel better soon, but maybe next time ask the tech doing the test if what you felt was normal.

  • Theo166Theo166 Member, Premium Posts: 2,501 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,501 Member
    Gisel2015 wrote: »
    33gail33 wrote: »
    I had a covid test yesterday and today I have what feels like a mild sinus headache/irritation under the eye on the side they did the "brain poke". Anyone else have this, and is it normal? It's not really bad but considering I have to get tested weekly now it is gonna be annoying if this happens every time.

    I had a covid test in December but it was an oral swab. Glad that they didn't do the deep nasal one. My ENT looks at my sinus every time that I see him, and I don't enjoy the procedure. I am sorry that you are having some side effects. Hope that you feel better soon, but maybe next time ask the tech doing the test if what you felt was normal.

    I've been to the dentist a lot recent months, and must get tested beforehand. The free drive-up testing in seattle does the double brain poke - one nasal cavity isn't good enough :neutral: While it's always uncomfortable, I've never had any side effects after the initial irritation.
    edited February 27
  • ythannahythannah Member Posts: 3,672 Member Member Posts: 3,672 Member
    33gail33 wrote: »
    I had a covid test yesterday and today I have what feels like a mild sinus headache/irritation under the eye on the side they did the "brain poke". Anyone else have this, and is it normal? It's not really bad but considering I have to get tested weekly now it is gonna be annoying if this happens every time.

    I didn't have any lingering effects from mine. That nostril felt a bit irritated (much like it does all winter from dryness) for about an hour afterwards and that was it. And I'm allergic to half the world so my sinuses are never very happy. Like Gisel says, I'd ask about it. Hopefully it goes away soon!
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 19,598 Member Member, Premium Posts: 19,598 Member
    33gail33 wrote: »
    I had a covid test yesterday and today I have what feels like a mild sinus headache/irritation under the eye on the side they did the "brain poke". Anyone else have this, and is it normal? It's not really bad but considering I have to get tested weekly now it is gonna be annoying if this happens every time.

    FWIW, I had no after-effects at all from my nasal swab test. I can see how that might happen, though: Sensitive tissues in there, seems like they'd be easy to irritate, and in a zone with lots of nerve density, I suspect. I hope your next one will be less a problem, since you need to have them weekly!
  • 33gail3333gail33 Member Posts: 616 Member Member Posts: 616 Member
    hipari wrote: »
    33gail33 wrote: »
    I had a covid test yesterday and today I have what feels like a mild sinus headache/irritation under the eye on the side they did the "brain poke". Anyone else have this, and is it normal? It's not really bad but considering I have to get tested weekly now it is gonna be annoying if this happens every time.

    I’ve been tested 3 times, and the first time my tissues up there were pretty irritated for a couple of days after. Felt kinda similar to the burning feeling of accidentally getting chlorine water from a pool sucked up your nose, except it was only on one side. The next two were significantly easier - the second one was irritated for a few hours, and the last one (last week) was feeling normal by the time I got back home from the test center.

    I think it’s a combination of what else you have going on (some flu symptoms make those tissues more sensitive than others), how the swab hits you (I swear I heard something crunch inside my head on the first time) and how relaxed you are (if you’re very tense, there’s probably more pushback from your muscles and the nurse can’t be as gentle).

    I have allergies and chronic sinusitis - so maybe that is why. Hopefully I will be the same and it will get better as I go along. I have to be tested weekly in order to visit my mother's retirement home now. Seems odd since the residents have all recently been vaccinated and they just put this policy in place - I think they are concerned about the new variants spreading.
  • 33gail3333gail33 Member Posts: 616 Member Member Posts: 616 Member
    ReenieHJ wrote: »
    Why are they still doing the 'brain pokes'? Are they more reliable? DH and I both had a gentle swiping of the inner nostrils back in Nov. You'd think they'd do things the least invasive way possible to get more people on board with more consistent testing?
    That’s what I thought too - this was at the hospital testing centre my understanding is that they do the more gentle one in the pharmacies here but I am still waiting to hear back about an appt from them 4 days later. So it doesn’t seem feasible to get one there every week if that is how inefficient they are with booking. The hospital testing centre booked me immediately (like they offered me an appt that was less than 2 hours away - lol)
  • Gisel2015Gisel2015 Member Posts: 3,783 Member Member Posts: 3,783 Member
    From The New York Times:

    What Happens When People Stop Going to the Doctor? We’re About to Find Out
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/22/opinion/medical-care-coronavirus.html?smid=em-share

    Very true!.
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