Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, more than 540 million people around the world tested positive on the virus to date. In most parts of the world, the current situation with the coronavirus seems stable, but the 14-day trend shows 16% increase in new cases as the NYT data tracker shows 559,039 cases per day on average, while the number of Covid-related deaths is 1,364 worldwide.
The Omicron variant that was first reported late last year has showed that no one is safe of getting infected, but those vaccinated against Covid-19 and those who had recovered from the virus in the past, usually develop mild to no symptoms if they test positive on the deadly virus again. The current vaccines still remain the best weapon against the virus and CDC confirmed that vaccines are safe to use as their benefits outweigh the known and potential risks of side effects.
Despite being fully vaccinated against Covid-19, the 42-year-old C. Mcwhinnie is among those who are still very afraid of contracting the deadly virus. She says that every health problem she experienced since the start of the pandemic, she thought was Covid-19 related. Mcwhinnie was living in constant fear of the deadly virus even after getting fully vaccinated against corona.
“Even before the vaccine, my anxiety was through the roof with Covid and I didn’t want to get it while I was pregnant,” she said in a recent interview. “I went to hospital with a suspected blood clot and I was in and out of hospital with my blood pressure.
Mcwhinnie has had three miscarriages in the past and was told she has a low egg count. However, she never stopped trying and getting vaccinated against Covid-19 was part of her pregnancy plan. Since she was very afraid of getting infected with Covid, she decided to get vaccinated because she didn’t want to get infected in case she becomes pregnant during the pandemic.
When she returned home after her first post-lockdown trip, she was feeling nauseous and as if she had a ‘long hangover’. Feeling unwell made her think that it had something to do with Covid-19, again. However, she then decided to make a pregnancy test and the test came back positive. She told MEN: “I went for a scan and they said there were two heartbeats in there; I was shocked.” She added: “I had no clue I was pregnant.”
Despite being fully vaccinated and extremely cautious, she contracted the virus and tested positive for Covid-19 just weeks before her due date. Mcwhinnie had only mild symptoms and she was told that she can go home if she wanted to, but she was also offered to move to a side room and isolate from other patients so doctors could keep a close eye on her. She decided to stay in hospital. Weeks later, she gave birth to healthy twins.
“I had a C-section birth; it was touch and go whether they were going to do it because of the Covid but they were absolutely fine. Life is very overwhelming; it’s like all my Christmases have come together at once – I don’t know what boredom is like anymore,” she said. “I can’t thank the hospital staff enough; without them they would be here. I owe them everything and more,” Mcwhinnie ended her recent interview.