• On March 29th we will be migrating the Anandtech Forums to a new host. We expect the forums to go down at 13:00 GMT (05:00 PST, 08:00 EST) and anticipate a downtime of roughly five hours. Thank you for bearing with us during this maintenance period.


Page 793 - Seeking answers? Join the AnandTech community: where nearly half-a-million members share solutions and discuss the latest tech.

Torn Mind

Nov 25, 2012
What false impression leads you to believe that @Torn Mind ever goes to an actual competent doctor or would listen to/believe any advice they gave?


Based on statements made in previous posts his credibility on this topic (healthcare & proper diet) is literally a negative number and his "advice" on taking care of oneself should be treated like it's "opposite-day" every day.
You just need the Cliffnotes:
I eat like a diabetic sans the finger pricking and the clearly obvious harmful-to-oral-health "allowed" foods. If I do eat pasta, it's about 2 oz of elbows or Rotini in a tiny saucepan instead of like before by cooking the whole box or half a box, and then eating a whole bowl with pasta sauce.

Also, my cholesterol was "better" when I was eating based solely on my personal likes and dislikes.


Moderator Emeritus<br>Elite Member
Oct 16, 1999
A huge percentage of people have caught it and found it to be a bad cold, so why bother?

Just a guess, but sounds about right to me.
Well, I tested positive May 26th 2022, I had chills that shook me, my throat hurt like I had swallowed ground glass. I ran fevers, I developed a deep, hacking cough & had trouble breathing, my fatigue was so overwhelming I could barely get out of bed. I required at home physical therapy through July. Even now I am easily exhausted, I have trouble breathing & require Spiriva. I go for pulmonary function tests on Tuesday & meet my new pulmonologist in early February….Btw, I waited MONTHS for these appointments…the booking agent told me this was due to others like me, struggling to get over COVID damage….for a lot of us, it was far worse than “ a bad cold”
  • Like
Reactions: nakedfrog


Platinum Member
Apr 19, 2007
For now it seems like additional boosters don't provide much if any benefit for the younger/healthy population. Few got the bivalent which means many are now a year out or more from their last boost. I'm not sure how accurate the COVID death trackers are now, but assuming they're still being reported it seems like things have really settled down beyond ~March 2022. And since then we've had the "unboosted" BA5 and the XBB wave.

It may be the first true sign we are on the path to endemicity. But there's still the question of long-COVID moving forward - specifically whether or not people are coming down with it after reinfection. Aside from it being absolutely mind blowing to me that 20M people in the US alone may have some form of long-COVID: what's that number going to be a year from now after everyone has had COVID a second time (with most being unboosted)?

One thing may be for sure: since the general public is going to gamble, by Jan 2024 we should have a great idea on whether or not yearly boosters are really needed. But I also can't fault the public: the bivalents were rushed out without human trials and COVID still rapidly evolved to evade them. There's still there, "prevents severe illness" but then we just cycle back around to the original statement of prevents how much more, at this point? Seems little to nothing for the younger/healthy population.
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: gill77


May 30, 2008
I'm wondering if we will ever know exactly how many people died due to the pandemic?

Clearly a lot of countries, maybe all of them, have cut back on testing and being so assiduous about counting cases and deaths. And even the 'excess deaths' calculation (currently standing at between 16 and 27 million globally) is looking, in my inexpert judgement, increasingly-hard to interpret (because there are now other historically-unprecedented issues potentially causing them, such as the Ukraine war and the overloading of health systems partly due to COVID and partly due to economic problems, so how can anyone be sure what was really due to undiagnosed COVID?).


Jul 11, 2001
There's an article in today's online NYTimes about how people in America don't care sufficiently for those who are more vulnerable than they are to covid-19.

Here is a link to the story, which should get you through the paywall for 14 days, i.e. until Feb. 25, 2023:

This is a very very interesting comment to the article:

Masks: An Asthmatic's Love Affair After three, solid years of wearing a mask outdoors (2-layer quilter's cotton, with non-permeable mask layer sandwiched between them -- my wife is a sewist), allow me to relay this lived experience: I have reduced my intake of asthma medication by 95%. I was on two kinds of inhalers, and when I caught a cold, the inevitable bronchitis would necessitate antibiotics, oral steroids, etc. That is pretty much all gone now. And, here is the best part: my teenage son who inherited my lungs has experienced the same benefit. Talk about silver-linings. . . When people make a comment on my wife's beautiful masks she's made for me, I gamely reach into my pocket and pull out my inhaler and say, "the masks have helped me stopped using *this*". Then I take a large, audible breath and exhale completely, without a wheeze. The Lord works in mysterious ways, indeed. Stay safe, everyone, as best you can.
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: Captante and pmv