Our next door neighbor to the west came down with Covid yesterday. He is quite sick. He works at MSP so likely was infected there. So far his wife and the two daughters are OK. At my suggestion they contacted their physician to get an prescription for Paxlovid. That was after my wife's experience I recommended that. She is testing negative, but still unwell, with severe bouts of coughing at day 16 of the illness.\n\nThe UK authorities today gave approval for the use of the new Moderna bi-valent vaccine which combats the original and Omicron variant. It will be issued to those over 50, and those with immune compromise. They have ordered 13 million doses, and will order another 13 million from Pfizer if that vaccine passes studies. The UK is the first to approve a bi-valent vaccine to target Omicron. They plan to combine this with the fall influenza campaign.\n\nSo it seems these new vaccines are arriving sooner than I thought.\n\n\nAfter I tested negative, it took a few months to stop the severe coughing but my lungs still hadn't cleared. I had another bout of coughing in late April, so I stayed at home and waited to be tested (no other symptoms, didn't want to take the chance of infecting others if I was positive) and when I was tested, it came back negative. The first time, my coughing wasn't productive, the second time, it was and after that bout was done, my lungs were clear and I could once again breathe deeply, hold my breath for a much longer time and I don't fight for air when I ride my bike. Paxlovid wasn't easily available when I actually had COVID and it took a solid two weeks for it to pass, but my lung capacity was severely reduced in January. \n\nHopefully, your wife and neighbors won't have further complications from this.