I’ll be working with covid, is this a valid way of thinking when accepting the risks?

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I have to use a different mental approach than others when it comes to covid as I work in hospitals. Ive always been very wary of catching colds etc (avoiding touching public hotspots- door handles, bannisters etc). Ive not socialised through the pandemic and have been wiping takeaway food over etc. Ive been lucky so far as I’ve only worked with a select few of covid positive patients.

I’l have to work on covid wards soon however so I’m going to have to change my way of thinking or else I won’t be able to do it.

I tell myself that I’m vaccinated/low risk and have looked at the positive side of catching covid. Ie vaccination will take the edge off but I tell myself its not actually the end of the world if I’m exposed (to covid) as I will build natural immunity to future variants etc. I tell myself this is a good time now that I’m vaccinated and that it’s better to catch it/build immunity at my relatively younger age than when I’m older and more vulnerable.

It’s basically the opposite of what the public are being told ie to avoid covid but having this mentality (ie knowing there are some benefits of being exposed) is the only way that comforts me when I’l be working on the wards.

I want to know

1) Do you feel my logic is is wrong in some way or is it valid

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2) If you work with covid how do you appease yourself/bring yourself to accept the risks?
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I work on a covid ward and have on and off since the start of the pandemic. To be honest, I felt very apprehensive before starting working with covid patients but I got over it after a few days. I am sensible and wear the right PPE, I move away if a patient starts coughing etc., and because I haven't caught covid so far, I feel fairly safe. I also continue to take precautions outside of work - use alcohol gel frequently, wipe down shopping baskets, wear my mask in crowds and so on. Also, I had absolutely no reaction other than a very slightly sore arm after my vaccines and I therefore assume if I was to get covid, I feel I will also be fine - not sure whether that is a correct assumption or not but I figured that if the problem with covid is the immune response to it rather than the infection itself, the fact I didn't get a big response with the vaccine is reassuring.
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(Original post by Anonymous)
I work on a covid ward and have on and off since the start of the pandemic. To be honest, I felt very apprehensive before starting working with covid patients but I got over it after a few days. I am sensible and wear the right PPE, I move away if a patient starts coughing etc., and because I haven't caught covid so far, I feel fairly safe. I also continue to take precautions outside of work - use alcohol gel frequently, wipe down shopping baskets, wear my mask in crowds and so on. Also, I had absolutely no reaction other than a very slightly sore arm after my vaccines and I therefore assume if I was to get covid, I feel I will also be fine - not sure whether that is a correct assumption or not but I figured that if the problem with covid is the immune response to it rather than the infection itself, the fact I didn't get a big response with the vaccine is reassuring.
That’s reassuring that you’ve been on covid wards a while and to your knowledge haven’t caught it. I guess in a way you could say the chances are higher of catching it from certain supermarkets as there’s no ppe, not sure how accurate that is though.

When I had the vaccine I felt more unwell than I can remember feeling in my life to be honest. I had a temp of 39 and other side effects for days following it. I’m not sure if vaccine reactions correlate with how you would fare with covid.
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(Original post by Anonymous)
That’s reassuring that you’ve been on covid wards a while and to your knowledge haven’t caught it. I guess in a way you could say the chances are higher of catching it from certain supermarkets as there’s no ppe, not sure how accurate that is though.

When I had the vaccine I felt more unwell than I can remember feeling in my life to be honest. I had a temp of 39 and other side effects for days following it. I’m not sure if vaccine reactions correlate with how you would fare with covid.
All you can do is be as careful as you can. As you say, even if you do get covid, your age and the fact you have been vaccinated are very much in your favour.

I'm not saying vaccine reactions correlate with how you will fair in terms of covid pneumonitis, but it makes sense that those who react strongly to the vaccine will also get a similar response to the virus itself. I don't think there have been any studies looking at this though (or at least not yet).
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