Santa skipped coal this year and went directly to an infectious disease.
Three days before Christmas I woke up with a scratchy throat, slight headache and a few body aches. I figured any number of things could have caused each. Maybe too much yelling at my favorite soccer club, too much holiday cheer the night before or even just getting old.
I have been both vaxxed and boosted. I wear my mask when I go out in public, even at the gym. I work from home and in any given week I generally see only a handful of people in person. My risk for getting ill had been mitigated.
And yet, here we are. I got COVID for Christmas.