Light Blogging – Covid Vaccination Edition

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As mentioned earlier, Mrs. PG and PG received their second of two Covid vaccinations yesterday.

Each felt fine yesterday, but both woke up with a lot of aches and pains throughout their bodies today.

PG has been assured that these are among the common after-effects of vaccination #2 and they will subside, likely by the end of the day today.

In the meantime, PG is feeling a few decades older than his chronological age and about the only thing he feels capable of doing is sitting in a very comfortable chair and reading a book.

He has a book he hasn’t yet read yet about the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918, which infected an estimated 1/3 of the world’s population and caused the death of between 50-100 million people at a time when the world’s population was much smaller than it is today.

He expects that reading about the Spanish Flu may help him put his temporary condition into proper perspective and expects to be hale, hardy and skeptical by tomorrow.

8 thoughts on “Light Blogging – Covid Vaccination Edition”

  1. I’d be interested in hearing your reactions to the book. My own limited investigations indicate that we don’t know (a) what the world population was at the time, (b) what proportion was infected and (c) how many died. The last of these is always quoted as 50-100 million but could well be an overestimate, so it would be of interest to learn if these statistical questions are covered in detail (or if the real answer is that we don’t know and probably never will know).

    • I’ll watch for the points you raise, Mike.

      That said, even today, world population numbers still include a lot of estimating. By and large, India has been a pretty well-run country for awhile, but I don’t think the government actually knows how many people are actually living in the slums of the cities or out in the boondocks in remote villages.

  2. The Spanish flu attacked adults in the prime of life by triggering an immune response that overwhelmed the body. Older adults were less affected.

    • Thank you for the explanation, DM. I’m just barely into the Spanish Flu book, so I’m still a naïf on the topic.

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