COVID-19 got too close to my life.
Too fucking close.
It hit someone very close to me. One of the few family members I’ve allowed to remain close. Suffice it to say that they’re still fighting it, and although they haven’t gone to the emerency room, they’re still battling symptoms.
So anybody that tells you that the Omicron edition of COVID-19 is just a mild infection is full of horseshit. COVID is COVID, and we still don’t know how much damage can occur – including Long-Haul COVID, neurologic COVID damage, weakened immune system, vulnerabilities to a future COVID-19 infection, even the new claims of permanent erectile dysfunction from a COVID infection.
Be that as it may, I continue to stay in contact. I call every other day or so. Checking in. Talking about anything and everything. One must keep the spirits high when COVID is charging through.
And in that, I decided to ship them a little, shall we say, survival elixir.
Yep. You can get anything shipped through Amazon, so I shipped off a small case of Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray Soda.
Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray Soda, if you’re not familiar, is one of the oldest carbonated soda beverages, tracing its roots back to the late 1860’s. It is a popular beverage in New York City neighborhoods, and it’s one of the few soda beverages that are not only Kosher, but also Kosher for Passover (Coca-Cola in the red-capped plastic bottle is also Kosher for Passover).
This stuff was initially marketed as a nerve tonic, as strange as that sounds. But I don’t look at it that way. I look at it as a drinkable memory of life in a close-knit New York City neighborhood. And it also has a very distinct taste.
So I shipped a pack of this stuff off. So that when they’re in recovery, they can drink this and feel relaxed.
Or at least that’s the plan.
There’s still so much we don’t know about COVID. But what we do know is that it’s deadly, it’s infectious, and our best protection right now involves vaccines, masks, and social distancing.
And maybe a celery-flavored soda can’t cure COVID, but at least it will help relax the mind and stimulate the recovery.