I was hoping this would be the week in Alabama when we would stay under 500 cases each day for the whole week. Yesterday was great... today not so good
Received the JnJ vax today. Should have its full efficacy within 4-6 weeks. Best news is I won't need a second shot. The JnJ vax is criminally misunderstood and underrated. It's efficacy at 45 days is unquestionably indistinguishable from Moderna/Pfizer. In fact, it is more protective much faster than the two mRNA vaccines.
Moderna/Pfizer vaccines have their own advantages. The bottom line is all three are excellent products. Don't be silly and brand shop -- it's completely nonsensical unless you need the convenience of not having a second shot.
So, I ended up having some rough side-effects from the vaccine last night about 10 hours post injection. Came on suddenly. Fever, headache, body aches, etc. It was actually quite significant. Ibuprofen seemed to take care of it after I had suffered for awhile.
I'd still get the vaccine again without question, but I was surprised by the intensity of the side-effects. Don't let that discourage you whatsoever. Just make sure you have Ibuprofen/Tylenol on-hand for any post-vaccine side-effects.
I'm feeling largely fine now. Good luck!
Good news is the 7 day average is down around 500 a day now, hospitalizations have continued to decrease, though at a much slower pace now.
One interesting note, Michigan is seeing an increase in cases. They are the first state that I've seen that is showing a recent uptick.
Michigan continues to be the sore thumb sticking out in the US at the moment. They bottomed out around Feb 25 with just over 800 people hospitalized, and in the last week have gone from 981 to 1294 hospitalized, and increasing at a rate similar to how they were back in October. Not seeing an obvious uptick anywhere else up north yet.
Any theories on why Mich is having this jump in cases?Michigan continues to increase quickly, hospitalized there has increased to over 1500. Other states in the North/NE are starting to see cases increase and will need to be watched as well. None are as noticeable yet as Michigan.
Worth noting: (and I know there's a world's difference in testing), but the North/Northeast wave peaked by cases in mid-April last year. Michigan was around April 9ish, New York around April 15ish. It'll be interesting to see if up there this is a temporary bump for the next couple weeks, and then start a quick decline into summer.
Any theories on why Mich is having this jump in cases?
Off the top of my head I can only think of two possible reasons, both being total guesses and no scientific evidence to back anything up as I haven't read the research:Interesting- is there an explanation for that?
Unfortunately other states in the upper MW/NE are starting to show a similar pattern to Michigan. Seeing it now in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, New Jersey. Michigan seems to be leading the way at the moment.