Grand Rapids radio show saw groundbreaking cases of Covid-19
In just a few days, two members of the Big Joe Show on Mix 95.7 in Grand Rapids were diagnosed with Covid-19, despite both being fully vaccinated.
On Saturday morning, show co-host and longtime radio talent Wendy Reed informed her close contacts that she had tested positive for Covid in a rapid over-the-counter test. She got tested after waking up with symptoms that morning, including loss of taste and smell. These results were then verified with a more comprehensive PCR test.
Show frontman Big Joe Pesh noticed symptoms on Tuesday. These symptoms included a fever with some congestion and a headache. As part of the close contact protocols, Joe performed a rapid test which was inconclusive. A subsequent PCR test confirmed that it was also positive for Covid-19.
Fortunately for Wendy and Joe, their symptoms were relatively mild. A fact that many medical experts attribute to being fully immunized. Not only are vaccinations effective in preventing infection, they also decrease the severity of illness when cases of rupture occur.
In fact, Reed’s symptoms were mild enough to allow him to continue his chores from a makeshift home studio. Big Joe has been off the air Wednesday morning, but is also expected to return to the air on Monday once station staff can deliver the equipment and securely hook it up to studios in Grand Rapids.
Afternoon host Ken Evans and producer Steve both tested negative, with Evans replacing Pesh on Thursday and Friday.
Pesh wants listeners to know he’s okay:
I tested positive for Covid-19. So far mild symptoms … Send positive thoughts I’m healing fast … Can’t wait to get back on the air as soon as possible
Despite the possibility of groundbreaking cases, medical professionals continue to say that vaccination is the best way to avoid contracting the virus and serious illness. From Johns Hopkins Medicine:
Breakthrough coronavirus infections can cause mild or moderate illness, but the risks of severe COVID-19 are very low, especially for people who don’t live with a chronic health condition.
COVID-19 vaccines are very effective in preventing you from having to go to the hospital, be put on a ventilator, or die from severe coronavirus disease, including COVID caused by the delta variant of the. coronavirus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with Johns Hopkins Medicine and other health care organizations, recommend COVID-19 vaccines for anyone 12 years of age and older.
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