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Olivia: “I was vaccinated. My boyfriend was not. He got Covid. So did I!”

Updated: Sep 2




The Insider:

Hi Olivia! Where do you live?


Olivia:

Manhattan, Upper West Side.


The Insider:

What kind of work do you do?


Olivia:

I own some real estate and a business.

The Insider:

How old are you?


Olivia:

39


The Insider:

Let’s talk about your life during the pandemic. When it first happened, did you make a lot of changes in your life?


Olivia:

Not a lot. Just quarantine. Ordering food online.


The Insider:

You wore a mask?


Olivia:

Yes of course. After finishing quarantine.


The Insider:

Did any of your friends or relatives get Covid?


Olivia:

Yes. Two friends got it. That was a long time ago though.

The Insider:

Did that affect your own behavior/ Were you more careful after that?


Olivia:

Yes of course. I was worried that I would give it to others, even after quarantine.


The Insider:

When did you get vaccinated?


Olivia:

April, with Moderna.


The Insider:

Did having the vaccine change your behavior? Did you feel more relaxed about the possibility of getting sick?


Olivia:

Yes and yes. I thought since I got vaccinated, it would be unlikely that I would get Covid


The Insider:

When did you get sick?


Olivia:

I tested positive on August 7.


The Insider:

Were you surprised?


Olivia:

Yes.


The Insider:

Do you know how you got it? Were you exposed to someone who had it?


Olivia:

Yes. My boyfriend. He got sick on August 3rd


The Insider:

Was he vaccinated too?


Olivia:

No. He is trying to get vaccinated now.


The Insider:

Had that been an issue in your relationship?

Olivia:

No.

The Insider:

Why did he decide originally not to get vaccinated?


Olivia:

He thought the vaccines came out prematurely, and were pushed out too fast.

The Insider:

Was that partly a political view?


Olivia:

Possibly.


The Insider:

Was he a Trump supporter?


Olivia:

No. He thinks Trump is stupid. Lol. But he is not Democrat.


The Insider:

How sick did you get?


Olivia:

Mild symptoms. I got headaches. Fatigue. Some coughing. Then a few days later, after the headaches were gone, I lost my sense of smell and taste.


The Insider:

Have they returned now?


Olivia:

Partially.


The Insider:

How many days were you sick?


Olivia:

Only 2 or 3 days.


The Insider:

Do you think that the vaccine kept your case mild?


Olivia:

I‘ve heard that’s the case. But I’m not sure.


The Insider:

What was your boyfriend’s illness like?


Olivia:

Almost exactly the same symptoms. Headaches. Fatigue. Lost his sense of smell and taste, plus his back hurt.


The Insider:

Did you and your boyfriend have to quarantine after being sick?


Olivia:

Yes. I quarantined 10 days; he did 14 days. My doctor told me 10 days is good.


The Insider:

Do you get another Covid test when you recover, to make sure it’s gone?


Olivia:

I tried. I went to City MD. But they told me that for up to 3 months, I can still test positive. So they didn’t even test me told me to go home. But I’m not contagious anymore. Also, NYC Test & Trace told me the same thing.

The Insider:

What does your boyfriend say about the vaccines now?


Olivia:

He said he will consider getting it after he tests negative, because the doctor said you can still test positive even you are recovered for up to 3 months


The Insider:

Did the doctor say your boyfriend should have a vaccine now?


Olivia:

No. His doctor said wait until he tests negative, then get vaccinated.


The Insider:

Do you plan to get a third shot, a booster shot, when they’re available?


Olivia:

Maybe.

The Insider:

Why maybe?


Olivia:

I feel like I got vaccinated, but it didn’t prevent me from getting sick. So I need to read more and do some research, then make a decision.

The Insider:

Any final thoughts about your Covid experience?


Olivia:

I feel like I got “brain fog“ a bit from Covid. My thoughts are-- not as bad as I thought. But I definitely need to be more careful.


The Insider:

In what ways will you be more careful now?


Olivia:

Wear a mask, wash my hands and keep my distance. If I am sick, see my doctor ASAP and don’t expose others. People in poor health or even healthy people could die from it.


Covid is not a joke. My friend’s young nephew died from It, and he was 25 years old.

I also feel like we don’t know 100% about Covid. Lots to learn about it..


The Insider:

One more question--does your boyfriend think it was a mistake for him not to get a vaccine originally?


Olivia:

Yes. He said “Yeah, if I had gotten vaccinated earlier I could have avoided Covid. “

The interviewee's name has been changed at her request for personal and professional reasons.

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