Exactly. You have more first-hand information than I have... I think. So does VGT, obviously. Therefore, while I think "It's just a shitty cold, bitches!" that certainly would not be the foundation for any sort of action/management of the problem. There's enough data to support the notion that it's more than a cold, but not nearly enough (IMO) to shut down the Global economy and induce public panic. And while I think our reaction to this thing has been way overblown, I am also willing to concede that perhaps that action reduced the numbers so drastically that it simply seems like an over-reaction in hindsight. What I do know is that by hook or by crook, the beast seems to have been tamed at this point, with a number of vaccines seemingly rushing to trial. Let's cut the shit, and figure out how to get back at it.I’m sitting in an office with a guy who had the disease. It ain’t no cold. It ain’t the flu. But he didn’t die. Of course, he’s 49. I’m 56, obese and have high blood pressure. My outcome might be different. So... ???
I'll say this, like Doric, I don't think it has infected anyone in my circle of peeps. Buuuut... there is data floating around that points to the virus having landed States-side in November or December, much earlier than the ZOMG. The off-chute questions abound, but more to my specific point, Mini-Me* and I got whacked with a super-shitty cold in late-February. His symptoms were textbook COVID-19 symptoms; mine were fairly muted, aside from the loss of taste and smell. Did we have it? Who knows, I ain't got no tests bro', but I am also 49 (next week), way-teh-smurf overweight, and I'm a former smoker. I'm not deluded enough to think that counts as first-hand knowledge, but it seems to mirror what a vast majority of cases point toward: a really bad cold.
*LOL... At 6'2" and about 165-lbs. now, he ain't mini anymore.
Could I be wrong? Yep. I'm wrong all the damned time, which is exactly why I think these sorts of discussions are useful. If an absolute, correct answer exists, then there isn't shit to learn; STFU and memorize.