Trying to understand COVID-19
I’ve written hundreds of stories about the coronavirus, but I’m no closer than a year ago to understanding why half of those infected have little or no symptoms and others die.
This has now happened in my family. A few weeks ago my aunt was taken to the hospital after she fell. Before she had surgery, she was given a COVID-19 test, which she failed.
With a frail 88, she would be a prime candidate for a terrible COVID result. Instead, she had no symptoms. Her sons weren’t so lucky.
My cousin Todd died on New Years Eve. His brother Scott died a week later.
She and her sister and I and my siblings were inseparable as children.
As adults we went our separate ways and, like cousins often, joked that we only saw each other at weddings and funerals.
And now there isn’t even that.
– Luanne Rife
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