Jason Varitek tests positive for Covid-19

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Love how all these folks are always "doing everything right" but somehow they still contract the virus. Funny how they never actually mention how it might have happened. Fluke of fluke chances that they got it during their 15 minutes in the grocery store despite being double-masked? Or maybe they got together with a couple friends for dinner ("oh, we totally trust them") and relaxed precautions for an hour or so.

Hopefully Tek pulls through with no lasting effects.
 

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Love how all these folks are always "doing everything right" but somehow they still contract the virus. Funny how they never actually mention how it might have happened. Fluke of fluke chances that they got it during their 15 minutes in the grocery store despite being double-masked? Or maybe they got together with a couple friends for dinner ("oh, we totally trust them") and relaxed precautions for an hour or so.

Hopefully Tek pulls through with no lasting effects.
Well it really unfortunately depends on what "everything right" means. Because apparently you can still go inside to a 1/2 full restaurant according to local and/or state laws right now.
 

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On a different board that had a thread about people who got Covid post Spring I asked generally what protocols the infected people were following. Of the 15 or 20 who had posted as getting the virus, none of them chose to address my post / but I did get a number of “likes” from other board members.
 

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Love how all these folks are always "doing everything right" but somehow they still contract the virus. Funny how they never actually mention how it might have happened. Fluke of fluke chances that they got it during their 15 minutes in the grocery store despite being double-masked? Or maybe they got together with a couple friends for dinner ("oh, we totally trust them") and relaxed precautions for an hour or so.

Hopefully Tek pulls through with no lasting effects.

You can't go for ten months without spending fifteen minutes in a grocery store. The snark is unwarranted.
 

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You can't go for ten months without spending fifteen minutes in a grocery store. The snark is unwarranted.
Way to miss my point.

What is "everything right" that he did and still contracted the virus? Going to the grocery store while masked (or even double masked) is perfectly "right" in the current climate, whether it was just 15 minutes one time in the last 10 months or something he does three times every week. If he took all the precautions in going to the store and still got the virus there, that's just unfortunate dumb luck. My suspicion is that isn't how he contracted it. My suspicion is that people get infected because they, or someone they trust, let their guard down and did something not "right". They just can't bring themselves to admit it.
 

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Way to miss my point.

What is "everything right" that he did and still contracted the virus? Going to the grocery store while masked (or even double masked) is perfectly "right" in the current climate, whether it was just 15 minutes one time in the last 10 months or something he does three times every week. If he took all the precautions in going to the store and still got the virus there, that's just unfortunate dumb luck. My suspicion is that isn't how he contracted it. My suspicion is that people get infected because they, or someone they trust, let their guard down and did something not "right". They just can't bring themselves to admit it.
Sorry - I took it 180 from how you meant it.
 

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Way to miss my point.

What is "everything right" that he did and still contracted the virus? Going to the grocery store while masked (or even double masked) is perfectly "right" in the current climate, whether it was just 15 minutes one time in the last 10 months or something he does three times every week. If he took all the precautions in going to the store and still got the virus there, that's just unfortunate dumb luck. My suspicion is that isn't how he contracted it. My suspicion is that people get infected because they, or someone they trust, let their guard down and did something not "right". They just can't bring themselves to admit it.
Exactly / I have a fairly good friend - a woman in recovery clean 25+ years in her mid 40’s who is as accomplished a person as I know in this world who is apolitical, smart, etc. She’s done only on-line meetings since the pandemic started and yet today’s she’s having lunch with 2 other woman in recovery who have been attending in person meetings all along. Why ??? Even she’s apparently bought into the “they’ve been fine” and “they” say we can dine inside.

So let down - but if she gets the virus, she brings it home to her 85 year old dad. And I’m sure she will think she’s been doing all the right things. Or maybe the fact she works with newly recovering addicts as a counselor in person but masked so maybe the idea is that eating out inside isn’t so bad...

Fwiw the other 2 woman are also friends and I’m very disappointed with them as they havn’t followed any protocols - taking masks off in the meetings (no I should NOT know this but I do) and their political affiliations would have indicated otherwise.

Yes I also I also know a couple of “Trumpers” (as you all call them here!!) that openly mock the horror of this virus and blatantly disregard all safely protocols - and they are resistant to the idea of taking a vaccine since they don’t think it’s a big deal. Very irritated with these 2 friends. Most people I know that are right leaning feel close to how I believe and as far as I know are doing the right thing / but again who really knows except what they tell me.

Not sure this should be posted here but alas here it is
 

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Love how all these folks are always "doing everything right" but somehow they still contract the virus. Funny how they never actually mention how it might have happened. Fluke of fluke chances that they got it during their 15 minutes in the grocery store despite being double-masked? Or maybe they got together with a couple friends for dinner ("oh, we totally trust them") and relaxed precautions for an hour or so.

Hopefully Tek pulls through with no lasting effects.
shrug

View: https://twitter.com/CatherinVaritek/status/1327677214419193861
 

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Way to miss my point.

What is "everything right" that he did and still contracted the virus? Going to the grocery store while masked (or even double masked) is perfectly "right" in the current climate, whether it was just 15 minutes one time in the last 10 months or something he does three times every week. If he took all the precautions in going to the store and still got the virus there, that's just unfortunate dumb luck. My suspicion is that isn't how he contracted it. My suspicion is that people get infected because they, or someone they trust, let their guard down and did something not "right". They just can't bring themselves to admit it.
My guess is that close to 90% of the populace has done something "wrong" over the past 10 months that could have exposed them to the virus. CoVid fatigue is real and will only get worse no matter how much people want to scream at each other.
 

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This was in the New Yorker just before Thanksgiving. I can't go look for the link right now because my computer is 1/2 on the fritz and some links freeze it.
Anyway, it is on the point . Best of luck to Mr. Varitek, by the way.
Really, I haven’t gone anywhere or seen anyone in weeks—months even! I only ducked out to the grocery store yesterday. Well, I had to go to four different grocery stores because no one seemed to have xanthan gum, which I need for the gluten-free piecrust I’m making in case Emily and Jeff’s other son decides to drive up from D.C. to join us. You’ve met him. He works for that congressman from Ohio, so he’s definitely been COVID-tested many times.
And, don’t worry, I wore two masks to the store to be extra safe! One of them was even a fancy KN95 that I got from my friend Carol—you know, she works at that nursing home on Eighty-sixth? She gave it to me when we met for a socially distanced lunch last week at that tapas place downtown that does the squid thing you like. They’ve got this cute little outdoor dining space set up, with plastic tarps and heat lamps, so it almost feels like you’re inside, but it’s outside, so it’s safe!
Listen, there’s nothing to worry about. I’m being super careful, and this is the healthiest I’ve ever been. My neighbor Paula has been teaching these yoga classes for anyone in the building who wants to join, and just look how far I can bend now. It’s all thanks to Paula’s guiding hand. Yeah, we meet in person. We tried doing the classes over Zoom, but it wasn’t the same. It honestly started to feel more dangerous not to have her in the room to correct my form. Bad form can cause real damage! But, don’t worry, she only allows, like, six, sometimes eight people per class, and she’s in a B-line apartment, so she’s got that big living room. Practically a hundred and eighty square feet. And she always keeps the windows open when it’s not raining or cold. It’s so safe!
I promise I’m taking this very seriously. Unlike your cousin Kevin. You won’t believe what Kevin did. He went to some kind of crazy sex party or concert or something in a warehouse on Staten Island. Your Aunt Susan said that he came home covered in glitter—lips and chin, too, so you know he wasn’t wearing a mask. Can you believe how irresponsible that is? Behaving like that when he lives with his sixty-five-year-old mother? So dangerous! I said to her, “You have to tell Kevin to be more careful. This COVID stuff is serious!” Yes, I said exactly that when she came over yesterday to watch “The Crown.” I’m not messing around with this stuff.
Well, O.K., sure, I did take the subway once last week, and also when I went to the dentist on Monday. But the train car was practically empty, and the twenty or so people in there were being very careful. There was even an old lady on the train—much, much older than me—so everyone was really diligent. She was doing that thing where she put a tissue between her hand and the pole to avoid any germs. And she was meticulous about only pulling down her mask when she needed to sneeze into that tissue, but then put the tissue right back on the pole, so her hands didn’t touch anything. And, don’t worry, I made sure to only lick that subway pole twice, three times max. So I’m being totally safe. You don’t have to worry at all.
Anyway, you’re coming for Thanksgiving, right? It’ll be so safe.
 

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This was in the New Yorker just before Thanksgiving. I can't go look for the link right now because my computer is 1/2 on the fritz and some links freeze it.
Anyway, it is on the point . Best of luck to Mr. Varitek, by the way.
This is awesome from Inside the Parker

None of us have gotten sick yet!!!
 

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My guess is that close to 90% of the populace has done something "wrong" over the past 10 months that could have exposed them to the virus. CoVid fatigue is real and will only get worse no matter how much people want to scream at each other.
Of course it’s real, Lex

But the self-justification can be nauseating. My wife messed up and had tea with her neighbor a few months ago and then realized it wasn’t smart. We adopted two kittens on Friday and it was harrowing going in to get them. Under 15 minutes and then a couple of quick stops to pet stores. We wanted to wait but my wife has been so down since we lost our cat Luca in September 2018. Like a child to her. We’ve been torn since April if we should wait. We made the decision a few weeks ago to do it now. Did we take some sort of risk? Yes

Do we equate it with indoor gatherings, inside dining, gyms, air travel for vacations? No

Is it self justification and undue risk? Maybe but hopefully it isn’t.

Very pleased how the animal shelter limited the inside time and how they handled the transaction.
 

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My guess is that close to 90% of the populace has done something "wrong" over the past 10 months that could have exposed them to the virus. CoVid fatigue is real and will only get worse no matter how much people want to scream at each other.
Not really my point either. Of course people have done things "wrong". It's hard to be perfect. Just don't pretend otherwise.

I find it disingenuous to announce being COVID positive while also claiming to have done "everything right" and not even hinting at what might have been the source of the infection. It's not just Varitek. It's every celebrity, athlete, or semi-famous personality who's contracted it since April. They announce they have the virus, they claim they did everything right, and then caution everyone else to do everything right (wear a mask, wash their hands, socially distance, etc). It might be more impactful and helpful to say "I got the virus because I let my guard down and ate indoors at a restaurant" or "I visited a friend's house unmasked".
 

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This virus is insidious and only heightened caution, common sense and good luck appear to be the best preventive measures.

Get well soon "tek.

He probably didn't get it from Tim Wakefield.

He had trouble catching anything from Wakes.
 

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I can't. My family of three lives in a Brooklyn apartment. We have little room for storage, especially fridge/freezer. My wife and I both work, me sometimes out of the home. It's not practical for us to order groceries every time we need something.

If you're a single working parent, an essential worker, someone working outside the home, etc. you don't have the luxury of being home often enough and dependably enough for grocery delivery, especially if you have kids or invalids and you need something for them.

Your privilege is showing?
 

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Love how all these folks are always "doing everything right" but somehow they still contract the virus. Funny how they never actually mention how it might have happened. Fluke of fluke chances that they got it during their 15 minutes in the grocery store despite being double-masked? Or maybe they got together with a couple friends for dinner ("oh, we totally trust them") and relaxed precautions for an hour or so.

Hopefully Tek pulls through with no lasting effects.
Right particularly in light of her trip to Greece tweet. I spend 20 mins in a grocery store every week with a KN95 and am only exposed daily to my 16 year old daughter. If I get it from those two things I’ll deal with it but I’m 100% clean otherwise.
And have been ostracized from my family for not attending thanksgiving or Christmas.
 

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I know this wasn’t his point but of course you can.
I haven’t been in a grocery store since March 14th. And I know many people don’t have the privilege I do to be able to Instacart just about everything but Tek certainly does.

I hope Tek gets better soon but also am always curious to everyone’s definition of “doing all the right things.” I’m not curious for the reason of victim shaming but because I think I’m doing all the right things and it makes me think I need to be doing more.
 

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You can't go for ten months without spending fifteen minutes in a grocery store.
Sure you can. I have. I haven't set foot in a any store since mid February. Done curbside pickup at Walmart and Stop and Shop and delivery from Peapod and Munroe Dairy for groceries and curbside pickup at other stores.
 

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I hope Tek gets better soon but also am always curious to everyone’s definition of “doing all the right things.” I’m not curious for the reason of victim shaming but because I think I’m doing all the right things and it makes me think I need to be doing more.
Exactly right. Even if they don't know exactly how they contracted it, just a suggestion or two of what might have been the vector (I went to a restaurant, I went to the gym, I had a contractor in the house without a mask, whatever) could be helpful to others. Certainly more helpful than the 10 billionth plea to wear masks and wash hands.
 

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Sure you can. I have. I haven't set foot in a any store since mid February. Done curbside pickup at Walmart and Stop and Shop and delivery from Peapod and Munroe Dairy for groceries and curbside pickup at other stores.
I also don't have a car and the supermarkets I shop at are on downtown city streets and don't have parking lots or curbside pickup.

to complete the derailment and bring it back, to the point which bears repeating - "taking all precautions" means different things to different people, some of whom were doing things that most here would not do, and some of whom have no choice but to do things that you and I wouldn't do. Tek probably is in the former group.
 

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If people want to talk bout Tek testing positive, this is the place. If people want to talk about their feelings about the personal responsibility of those who are infected and how we all should be acting during the pandemic, we have at least 4 or 5 threads in V&N for it.

I know that the lines get blurry, so just a gentle reminder.
 

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And have been ostracized from my family for not attending thanksgiving or Christmas.
That's terrible, but I know the feeling.

My girlfriend and I have a large group of friends we associate with, about 20 of us, pre COVID we used to get together very often; cook outs, Patriots games and any other Boston team sports related playoff games, dinners, movies, concerts, you name it, we'd do it.

We haven't seen any of them since the Super Bowl in February, they were all careful in the beginning, but have since had graduation, July 4th, birthday and various get togethers, we haven't attended any and the two of us have caught a lot of grief over it via texts, FB posts, etc, etc.........................

Very sad to be honest.

My Mother usually has a 12 to 15 person Thanksgiving get together, my oldest sister a 50 plus person Christmas Eve get together and my Mother again has a large Christmas get together, those were all canceled this year and if they were not, my girlfriend and I would not have attended.

I run my own business, I go to the grocery store once week, post office twice a week, get gas once a month, haircut once a month, CVS a couple of times a month, plus regular doctor and dental visits, been super careful, I wear a mask the second I leave my house and wear it everywhere, use sanitizer, wash my hands constantly.

Our next door neighbor had a large family get together for Easter, a week later, he, his wife and his daughter all got COVID, he's 72 is a heavy smoker, he ended up in the hospital, I thought he was doomed, but he recovered. His daughters kids live with them; there are several other kids in our neighborhood and they come over to play with the grandson.....................where have those kids been, where have their parents and sibling been, are any of them carrying COVID? He dodged a bullet once; it's really true you can't fix stupid.

This thing is blowing up again because people are suffering from COVID fatigue, the holidays are here and in plain English, they are not willing to make sacrifices, so you go a holiday without family get togethers, there's always next year, but nope, they are getting together for Thanksgiving and all the holidays, not to mention, how many people do you think will be having NYE parties?

Does anyone think I don't want to see my friends, go out to dinner, movies, get together with my family for the holidays? I certainly do, but I have decided to make sacrifices, my Mother is 88, my girlfriend has asthma, I don't want to get this thing and give it to either of them, it's called doing for the greater good.

I have a cousin from New Hampshire, I think of him more as a brother, we grew up in West Roxbury together, his attitude about this is incredible; he only wears a mask because "My family insists on it", he's had friends over for dinners, has met friends out for dinner, will not get the vaccine because "I've never gotten the flu shot and haven't had the flu for 15 years, so I'm not getting the COVID vaccine either"....................he went to Penn, highly educated, is a banker, I told him recently "You are the stupidest smart person I've ever met in my life."

It's sad, but this pandemic has changed the way I look at a lot of people, the attitude some people have is astounding to me..................imagine if this current generation of Americans had to go through WWII and sacrifice with gas and other shortages, sacrificing so our country could win a world war; if they were around during WWII, we'd all be speaking German.
 

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If people want to talk bout Tek testing positive, this is the place. If people want to talk about their feelings about the personal responsibility of those who are infected and how we all should be acting during the pandemic, we have at least 4 or 5 threads in V&N for it.

I know that the lines get blurry, so just a gentle reminder.
Sorry, I posted before I read this; my apologies, no harm intended.............................
 

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This virus is insidious and only heightened caution, common sense and good luck appear to be the best preventive measures.

Get well soon "tek.

He probably didn't get it from Tim Wakefield.

He had trouble catching anything from Wakes.
LMFAO!!!
 

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To underscore what @Average Reds already said, this is not the place to discuss politics or the COVID-19 pandemic in general. I deleted a post that ignored this admonition. Heads will roll if there are more posts in this thread not pertaining to Jason Varitek or his family.
 

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Hopefully we dont learn anything new about the disease when a seemingly recovered Varitek interacts with a seemingly recovered ERod.
 

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As of January 4th, he was fine.
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He is back to 100%... He was pretty much asymptomatic. Had mild headaches for a few days, but that was it. Thanks for asking!