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“You don’t want this…”

Hidalgo County Clerk Arturo Guajardo, Jr., says he’s still feeling under the weather approximately 2.5 weeks after catching Covid-19. No matter one’s political beliefs, or what they may have been told (e.g., this virus is a hoax) by some political commentator, everyone should take Covid-19 seriously, because no matter what, “You don’t want to get it,” says Guajardo. The longtime county clerk, first sworn into office Jan. 1, 2007, says he’s not even close to where he was a month ago when he was relatively fit, with no serious underlying health conditions that should have compromised his immune system and allowed SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus that causes the disease, Covid-19) to successfully compromise his (at the time) good health. On top of that, Guajardo is only 51 years old, so he can’t be classified as “old,” or “elderly.” “I think too many people believe that ‘Only-theelderly-get-it’ bit, says Guajardo. “If you look at the statistics, this pandemic is now affecting people of all ages. It may attack one demographic more than the other, but if you look at the age breakdown, there are many people my age and younger who are turning up positive.” Sounding like a man who can’t believe his bad fortune and that of his family – three other members are fighting the same thing -- one can hear a certain degree of stress in Guajardo’s voice when reached by phone this Tuesday. Usually sounding like a laid-back guy despite his hectic role as a public official, Guajardo’s voice had a lot of different variants to it over the phone – worried, uncertain, stressed, still under the weather. “I’m helping care for a family member who is recovering, who’s really having a tough time of it,” he says, “but at the same time, I’m worried I’m going to get it again, because I think the jury is still out on that, right? If we’re both really sick at the same time, that’s going to make things even more difficult.” Right. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the question about whether a Covid-infected person who has recovered can catch it again is still not entirely clear. Infected people who have recovered have indeed become re-infected, according to CDC data, but whether that was because the original virus had gone dormant and then flared up again, or the patient had caught a new virus from a new carrier,

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