Ill share my story. This is not preaching, just my personal, what happened to me when I got Covid.
Not vaxed, wasn't taking the vitamins (zinc, b12, d3, c, etc)
Got sick Aug 2, like a mild cold for the first 3 days. Wife gets a home test, I test Positive for Covid, she test Neg (she is vaxed)
We were joined at the hip for a week to week & 1/2 leading up to Aug 2. Doing all the things in regular life, saw my son, saw our daughter and grandkids, dinner with my mom and sister and their Bfriends. Grocery store,,,,,,,,, Have no idea when or where I got it.
It got worse and Im stubborn, 11 days sick at home. 1 tele-conference with Doc, paramedics came to the house but all my vitals were good (Covid doesn't care about vitals except blood O2 level) I decide I don't need to go to hospital.
I figured it would run its course,,,,it was running!
My wife finally insisted I go to the hospital, vitals still good except for that pesky blood O2, that day I was 64-66 (you're not supposed to be below 88-90)
They wasted no time! In the ER, forced air mask of 100% O2, stripped me down, gown on, IV in each and hand and they started pushing I don't know what. Admitted and up to ICU that night. Double lung Covid pneumonia.
Spend the next 9 days in ICU, 2 more in a regular room before I could go home.
On an O2 machine at home, have bottles for leaving the house. Doc says 1-2 months most likely.
Long term he predicts Ill be ok but it will be 6 months or so. This thing kicked my A$$!!!
Meds while I was in ER & ICU: Actemra for my lungs, 5 days of Remdesivir, antibiotics, steroids, blood thinners and insulin for my type 2 diabetes (the steroids affect blood sugar so they were chasing it the entire time)
Had the mask for 2 days then a high flow cannula. Lost 25lbs while in the hospital. My status in the ER was Critical but stable.
At my 1 week follow up I asked my pulmonologist on a scale of 1-10, 10 being dead where was I? He said "you were a solid 8." That's scary!
Today: I am doing good, feel good, still on O2 but I can take it off for up to an hour if I am sitting, 15-20 min if I am up and about. Have to monitor my O2 level.
Chad and I were talking and txting the day I got home from the hospital, comparing notes, treatment, the long road ahead and what we were going to do together to get down it. He was progressing, we were progressing. He'd tell me "I want to be where you are, I can't wait to get home" I'd tell him him we are on the same road, I'm just a mile ahead of you,,,,catch up!!!
POINT OF THIS! If you are still reading.
My infectious disease doctor and pulmonologist are adamant that if I had the vax, I wouldn't have been in the ER. ALL of their ICU patients were non-vaxed. ( I know there are vaxed people that have been in ICU and worse - dont kill the messenger) They are convinced the vaccines are safe and they recognize there are risks that are associated with them but said it would have kept me out of the ICU.
I am still reluctant and skeptable about the vaccines but I have a new lease on life and realize this is bigger than just me. I don't know what it was like for my wife, mom, son and family & friends to worry about me for 11 days. I had 100's (literally) of people sending me good thoughts and prayers - people I don't even know. One of my best friends had his entire church praying for me.
If the vax gives them some piece of mind and betters my chances of staying out of the hospital if I get it again then it's worth it. Ill be getting the vax when I have recovered enough. Again, I still don't believe in it 100%. It's too bad that I don't know what to believe based on what's out there. Go on Google - don't trust it, too 1 sided. Go on duck duck - maybe too right wing or what ever you want to call it. I am looking at this with as much common sense as possible and there are arguments on both sides - though I lean away from main stream media (a lot) but I am no doctor. What ever they did/gave me in the hospital worked. I am alive and on the mend. I am still being treated by my doctors that saved my life so I am going with them.
Vax or non-vax - I don't judge. Its is and should be a personal choice!
I have read about everything @Squatcher wrote above and see the merits of it. At this point I can't do it (my decision) while I am being treated. I am not saying it doesn't work - there are a lot of people that have done it and been successful.
Bottom line is do whatever sits well with you! But do something to improve your odds! Lose weight, eat healthier, vitamins, have the kit on hand but do something for yourself and your family.