By Noralyn Dudt About three weeks ago on Dec. 15 th , 2022, I lost my bragging rights on board the Viking Jupiter along the coast of Puerto Montt in Chile. That was my 15 th day on the cruise and I tested positive for the coronavirus, finally. I was asymptomatic (no symptoms) so, of course it came as a surprise. I would have never known had it not for the Viking protocol to conduct PCR tests on all 900 passengers and 400 crew members every morning. For two years I have been sort of bragging with "humility" that the corona would never be able to get past my immune system. I have been healthy, didn't have underlying conditions and best of all I have had the two doses of the mRNA vaccines plus the three boosters for the variants. Additionally, I have been wearing a mask in crowded and closed-in places. I was very sure that I was forever shielded from the virus and why shouldn't I have been entitled to some bragging rights? Those bragging rights I lost, bu
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