I also work with college students and can confirm that they are reporting anecdotally getting it twice, but their accounts don't jive with the low reported rates of reinfection. It's a curious thing.I work with a population -- undergraduate students -- that's been hit pretty hard. I am of course not running studies on my students, but what I can tell you is that some young people with "mild" COVID are out of commission almost entirely for a couple of weeks. I've had students hospitalized. And I have a few students who got it last spring or fall, recovered, and then got it again. It's not guesswork because in these cases, they were tested both times. Some students do get it, are down for a few days, and then pop back up, never even needing to miss one virtual class for it. But there doesn't seem on the surface to be much rhyme or reason as to who gets hit hard.
I don't think I am living my life in unreasonable fear, but I don't want me or my family to get this any more than I want us to get measles or influenza. I've seen this up close and personal, and even though nobody in my immediate family has any risk factors other than age, I'd rather not roll the dice on somebody getting unlucky.
I also work with undergrads and I've noticed this pattern as well. Many of my students have gotten covid and at least a couple of them have gotten it twice with confirmed positive tests. I know the stats say it's unlikely so maybe they were never truly negative and symptoms just went away for a while?
Not a medical expert here so this may not make any sense at all but I wonder if this virus can go dormant in some people., like many other viruses and bacterial infections. Some people are much more susceptible to resurgence of those dormant infections.
Right there with you. I've gone through waves of anger, sadness, frustration, you name it. Mostly I'm just trying to make it clear to my students that it's okay to prioritize their health (mental and physical) over my class. They put so much pressure on themselves, especially the students like you said who are trying to hold down a job and stay in school full time through all this. I have a student athlete in my class who's been suffering from a nasty concussion all semester. Finally I got an email that she was feeling better, she starts getting caught up on work, and then bam. Covid. Terrified that she's going to fail all her classes and lose her scholarship, but too sick to even attend virtual class. As you say, it really is heartbreaking.It breaks my heart to see these young people struggling. We have many first gen students and when they get sick, they can't work, and it stresses them out beyond belief, which makes recovery harder. All I can do is to keep them from worrying about my class, but uggggh.
After our second vaxes we will be heading up to see my aunt to celebrate her 91 st birthday in June.My state is opening up to everyone 16+ next week. Soon, everyone in this house will have their first ones. We are looking forward to visiting my MIL on Mother's Day and having a much more traditional sit-down brunch with SIL and her family! (We did Thanksgiving two weeks early outside.)