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Valerie Nelan, 43, lives in Birmingham with her familyValerie Nelan, 43, is a writer and business manager at a law firm who lives in Birmingham. In Ja

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Valerie Nelan

Valerie Nelan, 43, lives in Birmingham with her family

Valerie Nelan, 43, is a writer and business manager at a law firm who lives in Birmingham. In January, her entire family got sick with COVID.

“On a Thursday, my daughter was starting to not feel quite right, but she was like, ‘I kind of don’t feel ok, but I think I’m fine.’ Then when she went to go pick up Chick-fil-a that night and we were joking like you’ve probably got COVID and you just breathed all over our food. So I made that joke and the next day, she was like, ‘Mom, I don’t feel good.’ By Monday we had all tested positive.”

Although the entire family had symptoms, at least they had them together, Nelan said.

“If you’re going to get it, it’s nice for the whole family to have it at once because you don’t have to quarantine from each other. Zora and I had spent those two and a half days by ourselves so when the guys came home (who quarantined but still got it), we met them at the door and we were like, group hug. I’ve missed you!”

Anyone who came into contact with family members had to go into quarantine, including Nelan’s boss, the CEO.

“The fallout from us getting COVID was remarkable. We had to stay quarantined for two solid weeks. And Zora’s dance team were trying mightily to do one competition. And there are only seven people on their team and that’s the minimum for this competition. And she tested positive like six days before the competition and so that did it. That just put the nail in the coffin. It put Ronan’s entire class into what they call case learning. It’s distance learning. The teacher, the entire class goes into a two-week school quarantine.

My emotions almost changed every quarter. Like at first it was scared because no one knew anything. Understanding what it was and how it spread made me cautious. And then there was just acceptance.”

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