Anyway, the point of all that is to note that I'm still being very careful about Covid. I've had all three shots though, and I kind of was feeling like I need to start living a little more. (Though to be real, I'm pretty happy spending most of my time with horses. They are way better than strangers.) I was SUPER excited about taking a vacation this year. I'm very lucky to be in a position where traveling would be insanely safe. We were flying in my dad's plane and staying on his boat. So pretty much no contact with strangers at all. Ideal trip if you ask me. (We did visit the outdoor areas of the resort some, but it was not at all crowded and we were never close to other groups of people.)
So you know what happens? My brother somehow comes down with Covid while we're there. He wasn't very sick, and honestly, we all thought he was being dramatic about having allergies. He took two home tests when he first started feeling symptoms (well one right away, one the next day) and both were negative. So we chalked it up to a man cold, and while he rested in his stateroom, the rest of us enjoyed our time on the boat. We didn't intermingle with anyone outside of our group since our fun things to do were either on our own boat or swimming in the ocean off of our boat and we ate all of our meals on board as well. Outside even! My brother's family continued to have close contact with him though.
Long story short, Covid tests are required to get back in the US, so we all took one the morning we were to depart for home. Sure enough, my brother and sister-in-law both tested positive. (She's had no symptoms at all thankfully.) OY! Fortunately, as of this posting (3 full days since last contact with the carriers) everyone else had a negative test. Even their two kids which is really surprising given they all stayed in the same room. I'm trying really hard to get another test just to be sure I'm not asymptomatic but tests are ridiculously hard to get around here right now. Every place within 50 miles of me is booked up and none of the pharmacies nor walmart have any home tests available. I'll keep trying though! In the meantime, I've only been going to the barn and I'm wearing an N95 while there. No symptoms or anything, so hopefully I'm good!
I guess all we can really hope for at this point is that the virus continues to mutate into weaker strains so hopefully this will get less scary as time goes by. In the meantime, I guess I'll continue to lay low and get boosters when I'm told to do so. Stay safe out there friends!