COVID is Like a Bowl of M&Ms

Also, I feel like poop.

Shaunta Grimes
7 min readMay 24, 2022

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I have Covid.

It’s weird. I’ve been so afraid of this for more than two years. And now here it is. I have Covid. I feel like crap. But it’s no worse, so far, than a bad chest cold — or bronchitis.

Scarier, though. Because while the CDC says that bronchitis (chronic or otherwise) kills 457 people per year in the US, I’m sitting here infected with a virus that has killed more than 1,000,000 people in the US since 2020.

My husband, two of our three kids, and my parents-in-law (who live with us, are in their 80s, and both have Alzheimers) also have Covid.

We all have Covid. And we’re probably all going to survive. We’re vaccinated. In Pennsylvania, where we live, 78 percent of Covid deaths are folks who are unvaccinated.

This feels an awful lot like that old philosophical question about a bowl full of 100 M&Ms. If 22 of them were poisoned and would kill you, would you eat any of them?

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Shaunta Grimes

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