I've had COVID three times now – 2020, 2021, and 2022. Each one was a little bit different than the last, but, my CTF from this year's "Hacker Summer Camp" was COVID, and while I did get to spend five days recovering and quarantining without worrying about my job, it took me another two weeks to get my sense of smell back.
I've been living with the after effects from this round of COVID more noticeably than my previous run-ins. I'm constantly coughing throughout the days now, will sometimes lose my sense of smell for a few hours at a time, and I have moments where it just kinda sucks to breathe during the day.
For the record, I've been vaccinated. I've been boosted. I still didn't expect COVID to treat me like this. I'm super fortunate that I work from home 99.9% of the time, and super fortunate that as long as I get my work done, my boss doesn't really care when I'm working, so, that's made the tiredness that goes along with being awake all night coughing so much more palatable – I can take a nap in the middle of my work day if I need to.
Wear a mask if you're comfortable doing it. Keep socially distancing if you're comfortable doing it. Wash your hands. Stay safe, everyone.