The virus is so terrible because, at its core, it combines multiple very troublesome threats to human beings.
It plays by rules that are largely unknown. It creates symptoms in people at just the right proportion that enough asymptomatic carriers can walk around and spread the thing.
It attacks the bodies of the unlucky ones with a ferocity doctors have struggle to contend with.
And finally, it yields ongoing side effects that we absolutely do not understand yet.
Some Redditors who've had the virus gathered to share their experiences. They discussed the dynamics of life while they were in the throes of the disease, and they went on to explain those lingering problems that some--even months later--continue to deal with.
The thread constitutes an artifact of human bewilderment in the face of a new, unstudied disease that continues to threaten all of us in real time.
Speeding It All Up
"well over a month after recovering from covid, my heart rate is greatly elevated. resting pre covid was 60-70, post covid it's 90-110. walking across my apartment, it increases to 130 and upwards."
"i'm 21 and in good physical shape."
"Personally I had no effects apart from feeling sh** for a few days. I was one of the first in my area to be isolated as my Dad was the second person in the county to have caught COVID whilst already in hospital."
"Over a period of 6 days from the day he tested positive, things got progressively worse and sadly I lost my dad on the 6th day. In normal circumstances it is almost impossible to wrap your head around but as we were isolated it was even stranger being stuck inside whilst trying to process."
"Whilst this was happening my step mother also caught COVID as we had all been in contact my dad the day he had tested positive. Between 4 of us left in the household, 2 had symptoms within 10 days and 1 had absolutely no symptoms and I had few for a short number of days."
"My step mother has made a full recovery health wise."
"Daily life has changed drastically over the past 6 months as we deal with my dads passing whilst processing everything else that is happening in the world Corona related."
"I think the most frustrating thing is the people that do no believe and it takes everything I have to not react to the silly comments you see plastered on social media."
"I had it quite badly back in March. I was unable to get out of bed for two weeks solid. I lost 16 lbs. in that time, could barely breathe in the second week (turns out I had an autoimmune response), was very feverish and exhausted all the time. I slept maybe 22 hours a day. I narrowly avoided a hospital admission (UK here)."
"Since March it has taken a long time to get back to normal. It took about 4 months to get my fitness back, but for the first couple of months I struggled to climb the stairs without being breathless. I had strange aches and pains in my muscles."
"I also struggled with insomnia, nightmares and an urgent and frequent need to pee. Then at 12 weeks post-illness my hair started falling out badly (woman here not that it matters but it really bothered me). Thankfully it has stopped and has started growing back."
My mental health really suffered immediately afterwards, a doctor told me it was a mild trauma response. I found therapy and walking outside for an hour a day very, very helpful."
"Now 6 months on, I'm feeling like me again. I think I'm very lucky."
A Sudden End to a Dear Hobby
"Stamina seems to be cut in half. At least I stopped with the audible wheezing on every breath a couple months ago."
"But I've gone from being able to normally go out hiking 8-12 miles before March, to getting totally exhausted after four miles (less if there's even a hint of any elevation change). Just can't get enough oxygen in my lungs."
"Not the worst thing in the world of course (so many other people have more serious long-lasting/permanent damage), but kinda sad to think this is going to be the new 'normal' for me, and it's likely I won't be able to do as much physically as I used to. Ever."
Mild, but Lingering
"Mine was pretty mild—3 days of being very sick and 2 days of mild illness. Followed by 3 months of pretty bad asthma."
"I still have bad headaches almost every day. Since mid March!"
A Full Body Onslaught
"I got it at the end of July and had mild symptoms for three weeks, lost my sense of smell, no appetite, lost weight and could barely walk in the beginning of it. I'm young and have no underlying health issues."
"As of now, I still get extremely fatigued (when I was nearing the end of my other symptoms, I couldn't stay awake at all) and my smell comes and goes also. I'm just now getting a negative test back and it's almost October!"
"So I was testing positive for two months even when I started to feel better. Some inspo for anyone frightened and having anxiety over this virus, both of my parents have compromised immune systems (cancer and lupus) and they overcame covid too."
"So there is hope for anyone who gets it but that isn't always the case. So please take it serious guys. It's isn't fun at all and it did not feel like the flu symptoms to me lol it wasn't anything I'd ever felt before."
The Smell Thing Continues to Confound
"Still can't smell or taste a thing, six months later." -- fishbutt
"One of my friends is in a medical study to determine the reason that his nor his children's smell or taste has returned 7 months after Covid recovery. The theory is that it's possibly neurological damage, not damage to the receptors."
"He thinks his smell is returning, but in the most recent test they did, when blindfolded, he failed for everything except strong bleach."
"They also think his brain remembers some things, like, he remembers what a lemon smells and tastes like, so the secondary and tertiary areas of his brain are activating." -- Froggetpwagain
"Tasting isn't right and I have the permanent need to clear my throat - like there's phlegm but there isn't."
"Doctor has basically told me that's life for me now."
An Infection Breeding Infections
"I keep getting infections. Upper respiratory or strep or something but definitely something. It's been fun. Work is having a hard time understanding."
"My doctors don't know why. I've got inflammation but it's not specific."
"It's a LOT of fun."
We Forget How Much We Need That
"I still don't f***ing have the ability to smell anything. Like, nothing at all. It's been two months. At the beginning it was funny, y'know, my friend's dog farts and it stinks like hell, I know from experience, but now I can't smell it, so I laugh at all of them struggling with the stench as I just sit there and chill."
"But now it's annoying. I can't tell if I stink or not, which is kinda important when going to work. I recently drank some stale milk because I couldn't smell it to see if it's gone rancid or not."
"Apart from that, nothing else really. Everything else is just as it was before."
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I tend to avoid public bathrooms if I can help it. They are terrible places. Few are clean and I admit I am a bit of a clean freak. My beautiful bottom will not grace a dirty toilet seat, no thank you. I have standards.
I'm being only sort of serious. I've been in a pinch before. But have you ever seen a gas station bathroom that was utterly destroyed by the patron (or patrons) before you? It's a horrible sight. 0/10: Do not recommend.
Naturally, some crazy things happen in your local public restroom. We heard some stories after Redditor RuffNBoy asked the online community,
"What is the wackiest thing you've seen in a public restroom?"
"At the theater I work at..."
"At the theater I work at I was cleaning the mens restroom and in one of the stalls was an open condom wrapper, a tiny empty bottle of the nacho cheddar seasoning we sell, and the seasoning scattered near the corner on the floor. Bethesda wishes they had environmental storytelling like that."
Do I really want to know what went on there? I honestly don't think so.
"I used to be..."
"I used to be a hotel maid. Cleaning one room I found two things in the bathroom garbage can: a used condom and a whole pickle."
"I was taking a dump..."
"I was taking a dump at a movie theater and a little kid climbed under the stall and grabbed my foot. I screamed and kicked that kid so hard right in the face just out of sheer instinct. He cried. His dad said, "That's what you get Gavin."
Gavin is at it again and this time he faced some consequences.
"I walked in..."
"I walked in and my eyes were immediately assaulted by a fully naked man running a stick of deodorant up and down his crack."
Wow... what a terrible day to be able to read.
"Not only did this bathroom..."
"Gas station bathroom in the middle of nowhere. Not only did this bathroom have a bathtub (?) but there was a fully dressed and made up mannequin in the tub. Very jarring."
This sounds surreal... and honestly rather creepy.
"I once stopped..."
"I once stopped at a gas station on a road trip and the bathroom was full of dolls…. Staring with their little painted eyes…."
Their creepy and unsettling eyes!
"Two people were having sex in the handicapped stall. I was seven."
So something tells me you learned about the birds and the bees rather early.
"A clogged urinal..."
"A clogged urinal filled to the brim, with an anaconda sized turd spiral floating in it, in hypnotic circles. How a turd that size could be buoyant I have no idea."
This is quite the sentence. I don't think I needed it in my eyeballs, but it's too late now.
"I was in a Berlin dive bar..."
"Olives. I was in a Berlin dive bar with some friends. In the bathroom, there was a vending machine, stocked with tinned tapas. So I came back from the bathroom with a can of olives. When asked where I got them I just replied "bathroom.""
This is simultaneously hilarious and horrifying. I can only imagine the looks on your friends' faces...
Okay, so now you understand why I can't abide public restrooms. If you're smart, you'll run for the hills the next time you're in the proximity of one. Things can only go downhill from there. (Am I being serious? Maybe... maybe not.)
Have some stories of your own to share? Tell us more in the comments below!
One should never be fooled by a first impression.
Certain people might behave in a way that is less than indicative of what they are actually like, and might prove to be far more impressive, or much less friendly, once you get to know them a little better.
However, sometimes people will behave in a certain way which leaves one unable to avoid making assumptions about people.
Namely, their intelligence.
Redditor sparklingshanaya was curious to hear what behavioral traits the Reddit community took as a sign of possessing a considerable lack of intelligence, leading them to ask:
"What are some behaviors that scream unintelligence?"
An unwillingness to learn
"I feel like the classic example is being unable to change your opinion or idea when you are presented with new information."
"You don’t have to set everything you believe in stone."- Rusty_of_Shackleford
"I think a key thing that separates the intelligent from the less intelligent is curiosity and how far you actually go to learn."- TuxedoWolf07
When even they don't know what they're talking about.
"Maybe not unintelligence but ignorance."
"People getting angry when I ask them to explain what they just meant as I want to understand them and not misunderstand."- smokinstuff·
"Getting angry when someone ask them to explain their point."- SuvenPanWorking Julie Andrews GIFGiphy
It's never attractive to gloat
"Obsessively telling everybody how intelligent you are."- terribleUsername18
It's ok to admit defeat every now and then...
"Playing 'last word' in an argument you've lost."- LennonMcCartney65
"Being defensive when corrected instead of just accepting it."- Marthstewart123
"Claiming they are always right but not being able to argument why or have a serious debate about it."- GReatChinookDrop The Mic GIF by In Real LifeGiphy
Are you sure about that?
"Constantly saying 'facts' that are extremely false."
"Gets on my nerves."- Sharkifish
Read the instructions!!!
"I just started driving for UberXL."
"The amount of people who think they can fit 8 people with all their luggage into a midsize SUV is astonishing."
"You can see which car comes to pick you up and it says fits 5 people."
"If you have a piece of luggage each then it's more like 3 people."
"I had one group sit there and stare me down like they didn't understand."
"I swear some people just have a mental limit for figuring things out and they all find each other and never get anywhere."- predict_irrational
One should always reserve judgment, as one never knows for sure what lurks beneath the surface.
Even if more often and not, you are left with little to nothing which encourages you to see what's there.
One of my favorite horror films ever is Black Christmas (1974). It's the perfect slasher film. It's scary. It's uncompromising. It's sordid. It's eerie. It leaves you with a horrible feeling in the pit of your stomach. It features some great acting, too! There are some powerhouse talents in it, including Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, and Andrea Martin.
But did you know that the film has been remade? It's been remade twice, as a matter of fact. The first remake, which was released in 2006, was so ridiculous. Not even Martin, who showed up in a glorified cameo in the role of a sorority house mother, could save it.
It was remade again in 2019 — this one bore few similarities to the films that came before it. One wondered why this one even had the same name, but there you have it.
Suffice it to say that the original Black Christmas is untouchable. But it is not the only film out there that should never have been remade. Far from it.
People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor CrescendoX asked the online community,
"What movie is so perfect that if it would remade, it would be a crime against humanity?"
"Misery. I could totally see a remake of Misery that used the way social media creates parasocial relationships so prevalently."
But let's not. I mean, who could ever replace Kathy Bates? She won an Oscar for the role!
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
"Who Framed Roger Rabbit."
I've seen the animation they've done for some of these new "live action meets cartoons" things.. The work the art/animation team put into Who Framed Roger Rabbit is STILL to this day putting them to shame."
A good choice. It was a pretty groundbreaking film and it's still influencing filmmakers to this day. That cast!
"It would be impossible to remake that perfect movie. The cast, story, and practical effects are wonderful. A remake would be full of CGI and a BS script."
Don't you dare suggest this! Don't you dare give those horrible Hollywood execs any ideas!
"Spaceballs. I don't want any other version."
But think about the merchandising!
Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money
"Jaws. I read somewhere that Spielberg won't let it be remade."
If someone did someday remake it, I would highly suggest they remove a lot of the unnecessary subplots that are in the book!
Did we really need that affair?
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
"The Silence of the Lambs. Remakes should only be attempted when you are sure that it can outclass the original but Silence of the Lambs cannot be outclassed."
Two Oscar-winning performances. It doesn't get any better than Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster. The film is a masterclass — the Criterion edition is especially beautiful.
Stand by Me (1986)
"Stand by Me. It would be an insult to River Phoenix and many others to remake that."
This film is so highly regarded that a remake just seems foolish. Why even bother attempting one? Go and read the novella instead.
Back to the Future (1985)
"Back to the Future. Please please please PLEASE don't ruin it with a remake."
As long as Robert Zemeckis doesn't kick the bucket we're safe!
Uncle Buck (1989)
"Uncle Buck. Don't you dare touch it."
Without John Candy that would be like trying to remake the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in a Denny's with only ketchup and mustard. Just a tragic, ill-conceived imitation.
My Cousin Vinny (1992)
"My Cousin Vinny. Joe Pesci's performance is perfect."
Hey, don't forget Marisa Tomei! She stole the show. And she won an Oscar for the role!
The list of movies that should not be touched is endless and you no doubt have your opinions.
Which movies should be left the hell alone? Feel free to tell us more in the comments below!
Sex talk is still considered a taboo subject in many households. And I don't mean going into detail about your bedroom conquests at the dinner table.
Overprotective parents tend to be evasive about discussing the birds and the bees with their kids because they feel it's not up to them to have that conversation.
Remember Carrie White's religious mom who refused to talk about intimacy with her 16-year-old?
We all know how that turned out in the classic Stephen King novel.
Anyway, parents turning down an opportunity to have the uncomfortable convo or having their kids miss out on sex education can lead a child to potentially develop damaging misunderstandings about their body and puberty.
The effects of which were explored when Redditor sparklingshanaya asked:
"What’s a sexual misconception you had for way too long?"
It helps to have an earlier understanding about your body when you're younger.
"As a girl, I had no real idea of where/what the vagina was until I was like 11 or 12. My mom didn't give me a real sex talk, just a puberty/body book that said 'the vagina is between the woman's legs' and just had a full frontal diagram (legs closed) of a woman with an arrow pointing to her pelvic region. I also didn't know a period lasted longer than a day until I got mine at 14, and then wondered why it was still going on the next day."
"When my mom realized how abysmal my sex education was, her solution was to rent a video from the library about it and make me watch it on the big family TV in the living room at like 3pm. Granted— it was a very educational video but I won't ever forget one of the educators (a 50 year old woman) talking about how to give a satisfactory blow job."
"Ok so I grew up in a VERY conservative household. Was not allowed to take sex ed in middle school and they helicoptered in high school. Any internet access they had access to view so I never watched porn/looked at pics. Absolutely nothing. So for a long time I thought penises were shaped like a smaller pringles can. I thought it was just like...a straight up cylinder. Moved out at 17 and googled some things and man I had men's anatomy SO wrong."
Wrong End Of The Stick
"Friend of mine has a similar background and I just about lost my mind when she said the balls are the END of the penis. Like she had seen those doodles and had it upside down so they just dangle off the end of the shaft lmaooo."
Let's get verbal about getting oral.
Satisfy A Woman
"Learn to go down on a woman, like become a master at it. Do this."
Excuse For Supper
"I second this. Been married for 20 years and it's something I'm happy to do."
"Get involved, people."
"Edit: thanks for the medals and upvotes, people! Be assured that I'll be celebrating tonight."
"Friend of a friend thought it meant kissing. And they were like 19. So glad they found out through a conversation and not through a dude asking for it, or her talking about it. That would've been extremely confusing for everyone."
"My friend back in middle school thought a blowjob meant to literally blow on it. I still tease her about it to this day."
"Man, I thought I was gonna get so many blow jobs. That’s just not true."
As young adolescents, these Redditors got these terminologies mixed up.
"When I was around middle school age I thought that oral sex meant talking dirty :’)"
"I used to sext with my girlfriend in high school. When we broke up, she just went crazy and told everyone in our grade that I was great at 'oral sex' (she meant sexting💀) School hasn’t been the same since then."
Learning By Example
"I was kind of sheltered growing up, and like most sheltered kids, I learned a lot about sex through porn. I kept seeing 'blowjob' videos, and (i had no idea what a blowjob) assumed it was some kind of sex blooper. Like, something got messed up and the director said 'Oh darn, you blew it! Let’s take it from the top.'”
I had sex education in sixth grade after my parents gave the school permission for me to attend the special assembly centering on the topic.
But I remember how vague the instructor was. By the time I eventually had my first nocturnal emission, I remember being terrified, yet simultaneously elated. It was very confusing, and I didn't know what happened.
I remember reflecting back to sixth grade and thinking the school must've skipped that part in sex ed.