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There are 19 comments on Are You a Novid—Someone Who’s Never Had COVID? Science Has Some Clues Why

  1. “Vaccination is the number-one reason I would say. That’s the major factor. Cautious behavior is big. Wearing masks on public transportation and other crowded settings matters. ”

    While I admire narrative-supporting speculation as much as anyone, I presume Prof. Assoumou is being interviewed for her expertise and knowledge of the literature. If so, what research supports her contention that vaccination, cautious behavior, or mask wearing were significant reasons that some people did not get COVID?

  2. I guess I’m Novid. I was scared into getting the first Pfizer dose but quickly regretted it. My husband has had Covid twice now but I have not gotten it yet. I do take precautions still by wearing a mask in public areas and carrying hand sanitizer. I sanitize heavily used areas in my house but otherwise carry-on as I was pre pandemic.

  3. I am a “super dodger” who’s never had the covid or maybe I had it but with no symptom in the past three long year. Maybe two cure reasons can explain my luck: fully vaccinated plus two boosters, always mask up when going outside until now, avoid crowded places. But I am also curious that if I have some immune systems which can protect me from the COVID-19 virus, therefore if there are some research projects study about this, I am happy to join as the research subject.

  4. I too have not had Covid. Following the guidelines I feel is the reason I as well as my husband and grandchild have not had Covid. We have been vaccinated and two boosters for myself and my husband with my 5 year old grandchild being vaccinated with no boosters.. I truly think the guidelines kept us safe. We go church and mini staycations .. No big crowds and ALWAYS wear mask… ALWAYS…We sanitize not so much now but hand washing is very very frequent through out the day..We don’t have many guest over but older children are tested at times when they come over..We mask when shopping or around other people that don’t live in our house hold.. Jesus has kept us SAFE..He lives here and goes wherever we go…Facts…

  5. We are not vaccinated and never will be,We stay home, We wear two kN95 or N95 mask everywhere….. We don’t have company over,We don’t eat at restaurants or bars..We avoid big crowds we Pray to GOD !!!! We wash hands, sanitize..we wear gloves when touching things like mail,door knobs etc.. We workout.. We take herbs and vitamins and eat healthy,We use Instacart we wash groceries down with bleach and water
    Common Sense things…

    1. Thank goodness for the Enlightenment period, when humanity realized the benefits of science for public health, instead of just accepting religious nonsense. It’s one thing to be religious and keep your beliefs to yourself, within your private sphere. However, the religious wackos are once again trying to impose their own beliefs upon public institutions. The good news is that these ultra religious freaks constitute a declining fringe population, and no amount of prayer is going to reverse that.

      Vaccinations are backed by science. Praying to GOD is backed by no evidence at all. Don’t just use your common sense, people. Use SCIENCE, and take advice from scientific specialists who have spent years researching in their area of expertise.

  6. My husband caught COVID last yr in January! While he we I did put up signs on our door that he was positive nd we were on isolation he had it for a whole month! His was so bad he couldn’t even get up stopped eating for 3 weeks his pain was excruciating nd while I had to monitor his oxygen levels nd his temperature every 2 hrs push fluids nd try to get him to eat I wasn’t wearing a mask gloves I did disinfect the room we were in the bed we slept in and now here we are a whole yr later nd I haven’t had COVID since it started 3yrs ago! Not once I’ve tested negative home tested all negative! Tested with him he read positive I was negative jan10 last yr tested again 5 days later on his bday Jan 15 he still was positive nd I still was negative the nurse nd dr couldn’t believe it cuz I was in close contact with him with no mask or gloves nd I never got it !

  7. Okay, I’m glad people are talking about this, but it appears they avoided saying “air filtration” and only talked about “ventilation”. Ventilation helps but we do need HEPA air purification too. Glad they’re at least bringing up masks and ventilation, but we can do better, and we can be louder.

  8. Family of 5. Super careful for the first 6 months. Kids returned to full in person in fall of 2020. and our family gradually resumed normal lives. We were all vaccinated early and have kept up with boosters, but otherwise are no longer doing anything specific to avoid Covid. None of us have tested positive for Covid we do test if we have symptoms. Are we lucky? Did we have it before tests were available prior to the lockdowns? I have we had asymptomatic cases or had Covid despite negative tests?

  9. I have not had Covid that I am aware of. I have been fully vaccinated and boosters with Moderna, and have been closely exposed 5 times – on was with my spouse, and we did nothing special to isolate. I am not rigorous in my practices to avoid exposure, but do take moderate precautions. I have self-tested numerous times and have always been negative. So, I don’t know if I am a Covid virgin or just asymptomatic. I would really like to understand if there is a DNA anomaly that gives me an additional protection.

  10. As far as I know I’m a NOVID. My vaccines are up to date and I’ve been exposed many times (including my husband and daughter who had it at different times – they isolated and we all masked).

    It’s possible that I had a very mild case when my husband had it – had a cold but never tested positive on a rapid test.

    I’m happy to have science look at me to see what can be learned

  11. I have always wondered how I avoided it. I continued to work in a factory and was around folks who had it. I always took supplements but was never vaxxed for Covid. I did however get the flu vax.

  12. I may have had it before the government was telling us about it. But I am fully paranoid and thoroughly vaxed as well as immunocompromised due to medications for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and other autoimmune disorders in general, i’#m not going to breed the variants! I don’t do anything and I don’t go anywhere. I am a super germaphobe and obsessive compulsive. I don’t have any friends and I don’t allow many people in my life. My circle is super small. I have strict rules and do not break them. If you know basic germ theory and wash your hands and refrain from picking your nose until you have washed your hands, prepare your own food and pick up your own panties you will do just fine. Stay home. Watch you tube videos, read books and work in your garden and shuffle the hoard.

  13. I have not had covid nor my husband and 2 out 3 kids have not had either , husband a dr too
    I also volunteered at local surgery from first vaccinations and have continued to do so
    All of us fully vaccinated
    Daughter who we think had covid prior to lockdown worked as junior dr on respiratory unit through lockdown.

  14. I haven’t gotten it. It’s very confusing to me. I have worked in a preschool for most of the three years. I have been exposed over and over. I was required to surveillance test for a year and a half,PCR, I have never been positive. I am not cautious. I rarely wear a mask. I still test if I have a known exposure, or any symptoms . I have spent over 20 hrs driving cross country with two of my family members with fresh Covid. We were all unmasked. 9 months later more positive among my children who I cared for, me? No Covid. I have been exposed so many times at work and at home. I also haven’t gotten any more boosters.

  15. Neither my husband or I have had COVID-19. We received the first 2 vaccines and one booster each. Like many I worked for home the first year, while my husband did the grocery shopping and everything else outside the home. Neither of us went into large crowds and always wore a mask when out. We cooked all meals at home that year (2020). In 2021 we after vaccinations we traveled across the country to visit with our son and family in San Antonio, Texas and back home again, stopping to stay in hotels along the way and eating out either via drive-thru or sit down restaurants – we wore our mask. At our sons we finally went to a mall – the first time in over a year and again ate out in restaurants. After that we traveled to Florida several times in 2021 and other resorts with friends of ours who were also working from home. While away we all worked during the day and spent evenings working or going out some. We ate all our meals at the resorts cooking in our own kitchens because most trips were to Florida and their numbers were still high we avoided crowds. When not on trips, I was going into homes working with Hospice patients – many who had just tested Positive for COVID (some I knew before time and most I did not). We are active in our church and back to life as usual for almost a year, however we try to avoid huge crowds.. I still have many patients with COVID during our visits and traveling. We just got back from Texas again, only this time we flew. My grandchildren have had COVID, however my son who works in several Hospitals and my daughter-in-law who took care of my grandchildren are also Covid-NOVID. Why we have not gotten it … who knows. My sister who has also been around it and not acquired COVID-19 believes it’s because of all the vaccines (we got 2 smallpox vaccines, for heaven’s sake -lol) we were given when we were young (50’s and 60’s) traveling from the US to other countries and back several times with my father who was in the military but other siblings have had COVID-19 so , I can’t say that is why.

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