many gay men, I thought the vaccine made me invincible and I had a
year's worth of pent-up sexual frustration, so I partied hard in P-Town
during July 4 week.
I tested positive a day after I left, with some cold symptoms that lasted a few days.
are understandably worried about the CDC data showing breakthrough
cases in P-Town, but I feel like they've left out a rather large
variable. I suspect it may have something to do with offending gay men,
so allow me to tell you a little bit about my week.
*Ahem* Cue Jeff Foxworthy voice ... You might get a breakthrough case:
If you're packed into the A-House shoulder-to-shoulder with 300 other people
If the 300 people around you are dancing hard and panting all over you
If you make out with 2 (or 5) of those people in the club per night
If you go home with one (or 5) of those men per night and have lots of hot bear sex
If you wake up in the morning and have some more sex (FYI: gay sex involves kissing)
If you go to a crowded brunch and kick your immune system in the ass with 4 mimosas
If you repeat the above six activities with complete strangers every day for a week
Do most people live their regular daily lives this way? I certainly don't.
single guy I talked to was fully vaccinated, so I don't even know how
an unvaccinated person would get COVID because they didn't seem to be in
P-Town that week.
It was a rude awakening that the vaccine does not
make me invincible -- but the shot still worked miracles. I barely got
sick. All of my vaccinated friends who I lived with for the week tested
negative. The cases in P-Town are already plummeting. Without the
vaccine, I imagine cases would have been 5,000+ with dozens of
hospitalizations and a handful of deaths -- with Delta spreading
uncontrollably throughout the rest of MA. But instead, the state numbers
seem to be plateauing.
embarrassed for being part of the statistic that put MA on the national
news. I'm horribly sorry to anyone I've indirectly infected. I've
learned an important lesson. But I'm not quite sure it's a
representative case study of the average MA population.
point is... To everyone worried about the P-Town data: I wouldn't get
too nervous going to the grocery store just yet -- unless you tend to
have orgies at Market Basket.