I’ve gone viral

Yup. COVID finally got me.

I’ve attempted to lead a boring, well-vaccinated life so far, and it worked — until I got on a plane with 200 other people flying back from Scotland. Between a five-hour layover and a two-hour delay, my wife and I were wiped out. So we let our guard and our masks down. And two days later, wham! (So far, she’s escaped infection.)

I feel like crap. But I have no fever and I’m taking antivirals. I have every expectation of recovering quickly.

Because this is in the heart of my book launch period, you could look at it as bad luck. But I don’t.

The hard work on the book is done. All that’s left is to promote it. (And recording the last few bits for the audiobook, but that can wait a week.)

I intentionally put off nearly all client commitments in the next few weeks. So lucky me, I don’t have clients to let down.

Most of the promotional activity is easy to reschedule. In the end, it doesn’t make a big difference if you stir up a lot of noise starting a week before the book launch, or a week after that. Podcasters have been very generous about rescheduling.

I might miss a few blog posts. I’m prioritizing rest right now. Because they tell me you have to do that, so I will.

So, in a strange way, the timing is fortunate. This is a good time to take a few days in bed.

I’ll be back. Soon. Count on it.

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  1. Wishing you a speedy recovery! I think you’ve created some great momentum for the book already so hopefully it will continue to do its thing while you recouperate.

  2. I’ve been quite careful, but nevertheless I tested positive for Covid-19 on May 15th. All I can say is I hope you’re taking Paxlovid. It’s something of a miracle drug. From feeling like the wrath of God one day, I started feeling much better within 24 hours after starting Paxlovid. (Not fully well, but much better.) But you need to start Paxlovid right away after you’re diagnosed. (I’m going to guess your doctor has already prescribed this, but if not, I recommend that you talk to your doctor ASAP.)

    I hope you have a speedy and uneventful recovery.

  3. Daughter and son-in-law also flew from Scotland to Boston this weekend. She’s a broadcaster in Burlington who covered Covid in detail. Seeing the increasing airline wastewater virus levels, they were always masked. So far both are negative. Hang in there!