After we got through the year 2020, I thought maybe we could get back this Covid-19 thing, and while things started looking better in 2021, the latter half had not been kind to us.

Last Christmas, my annual trip to the Corning, New York area to visit my mom, siblings, and relatives was canceled. I didn't see my mother until June at my campground in Bradford Country, Pennsylvania after we all had our vaccinations.

Things were looking good for the trip this Christmas until Covid cases started rising again, so my visit was again canceled, at least until all of my family gets their booster shot.

Part of my other Christmas Day tradition is to visit my wife's sister. But, she came down with a cold a few days before Christmas, so we decided to hold off a day or two. That is until she got tested for Covid as a precaution and found out she was positive for Covid-19.

And her symptoms were nothing more than a person might get with a cold. That was an eye-opener. From what I've learned, it's not easy to tell if a person is positive with Covid-19 or just sick with a cold or flu other than getting a test. Apparently, the early symptoms for Covid, the flu, or a cold can be pretty much similar.

Fortunately for my wife and myself, we have not been in contact with her sister recently, so we didn't have to worry about being quarantined. But if we had been in contact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has guidelines on their Facebook page set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that we would have needed to follow:

via U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

Vaccinations for COVID-19 began being administered in the U.S. on Dec. 14, 2020. The quick rollout came a little more than a year after the virus was first identified in November 2019. The impressive speed with which vaccines were developed has also left a lot of people with a lot of questions. The questions range from the practical—how will I get vaccinated?—to the scientific—how do these vaccines even work?

Keep reading to discover answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions.

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