Balloon Juice | Is President Biden Looking Out For YOU?

This ad had me in stitches.

SCARY VOICEOVER: Joe Biden… is he looking out for YOU?

Yeah, it kinda looks like it.

— Invest in America (@InvestNowUSA) April 9, 2021

So I’ve been holding off sharing some interesting news about the covid vaccine and me.

As you may or may not know, I had Covid almost a year ago (4 days to my Covid-versary). And while my actual 10 days were probably considered mild (though looking back on it, there were a couple of very scary days), the “recovery’ has been year-long. In October, I thought I was through the worst of it, but Dec to March proved to be extremely difficult and my symptoms escalated – debilitating fatigue, severe brain fog, and still some shortness of breath. My general rule was to get all I could get done before noon, because after that I was about useless.

Last Thursday afternoon I received my vaccination. No biggie. Friday came without any real reaction. I had meetings all day and by 4 pm, once I was done, I thought, I’m going to need a nap. But a funny thing happened…I did a couple of chores and then a few more things, and the next thing I knew, it was 10 pm. I felt great. Still didn’t think much of it, I’ve had good days here and there, only to be followed by several really bad days.

But Saturday came and then Sunday and it was like I was fueled by Death Wish Coffee. My mind was not just clear, but racing with things to do, stuff to organize and create, and my physical energy matched it. Now we are at a full eight days of … well … being normal. Although it feels super-charged. I haven’t gone a full week of feeling good since Covid. My fingers are crossed that this is for real, not just for me, but for other long-haulers.

There’s been some anecdotal evidence of the vaccine effect – which people started sending me in March, but I ignored it, not wanting to get my hopes up. But now, well, I’m paying attention.


“The issue is thus far that it’s anecdotal,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on March 17. “Many people get better anyway, and if you get vaccinated and get better, you are not sure whether it’s the vaccine or the spontaneous recovery. So you’ll have to do a randomized trial in order to determine that.”

Still, though, anecdotal reports can start to stack up, especially for doctors who have been treating long haulers for months.

“It’s getting to be a large number of reports, hundreds of reports of patients that we’ve been caring for with Covid almost a year now,” said Dr. Daniel Griffin, chief of infectious disease at ProHealth and an instructor in clinical medicine at Columbia University. “They are reporting that following vaccination they’re having significant, if not complete, resolution of their long Covid symptoms.

He estimated that as many as 30% to 40% of his long Covid patients said they were feeling better after vaccinations, and the boost in energy and mental clarity appeared to be coming from all three vaccines currently authorized in the US.

Everything changed after she got her COVID-19 vaccine.

“I was like a new person, it was the craziest thing ever,” says Dodd, referring to how many of her health problems subsided significantly after her second shot.

And she’s not alone. As the U.S. pushes to get people vaccinated, a curious benefit is emerging for those with this post-illness syndrome: Their symptoms are easing and, in some cases, fully resolving after they get vaccinated.

“I didn’t expect the vaccine to make people feel better,” says Akiko Iwasaki, an immunologist at the Yale School of Medicine who’s researching long COVID.

“More and more, I started hearing from people with long COVID having their symptoms reduced or completely recovering, and that’s when I started to get excited because this might be a potential cure for some people.”

While promising, it’s still too early to know just how many people with long COVID are feeling better as a result of being vaccinated and whether that amounts to a statistically meaningful difference.

WaPo has a longer article, which I can’t seem to access right now, something funky going on with my subscription.

Anyone else have a similar experience? I know a few of us here have had Covid, but I’m not sure about long-haulers. I have a client whose symptoms are on par with mine, though more severe and I’ve encouraged him to check out the studies (and he’s now scheduled for his vaccine, I’m hoping he’ll have an experience similar to mine).