So I am recovering from the Coronavirus and it wasn’t what I thought. In fact, it was rather mild and more “awkward” and “uncomfortable” than a full on serious illness. I’ve certainly had flu experiences that were much worse- by leagues.
IF I had known that is what I had, I would have locked myself in the house immediately and stayed put, rather than getting on a flight to Europe several weeks ago (when the virus was just getting started) thinking I was recovering from a different bug and just had a lingering cough.
My Coronavirus Symptoms
Given the news and government announcements in the USA, I mistakenly thought “If I had the coronavirus, I’d be on my deathbed” but that really wasn’t the case. I mostly felt tired and thought it was jet lag and lack of sleep from the time change coming from the US.
I felt like it was awkward to breathe and couldn’t take a full breath at times. I also had a continuous cough, but thought it was from a bug a week before. I felt feverish off and on, but extremely mild and only in the beginning. I had one scary night where I couldn’t take a full breath for many hours, and was coughing continuously, trying to get enough air, to the point I threw up in the kitchen sink more than once. Other than the few hours of that night, I didn’t feel incredibly sick- just uncomfortable.
When I went to the doctor (If you think you have it, please don’t go to your doctor- I will explain why), I described my symptoms as feeling like I had fluid in my lungs that I needed to get out. No matter how, nor how much I coughed, my lungs just didn’t feel clear- yet absolutely nothing was coming up. To be honest, I have never felt anything quite like it. Yet, it didn’t feel like I needed urgent medical attention.
What to Do if You Are Sick
The NHS (UK National Health Service) has much clearer advice than the CDC in the states so I’m going to share their advice.
The NHS is telling people who are sick, to NOT go to their doctor’s office. If your symptoms are mild, stay home and self isolate. You should recover in about 7 days. If your symptoms are unbearable and critical, call 111 to go over symptoms and get help finding a hospital if necessary.
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
Do not go to a GP surgery [doctors office], pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.
Read our advice about staying at home.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
It is important to remember that most infected people do not have serious symptoms, and some have no symptoms at all. For this reason, the NHS and CDC are asking EVERYONE to self isolate as much as possible.
Their goal is to keep the virus from spreading and to keep much-needed doctors and medical staff from contracting the virus. That means only having critical cases come in for medical attention- otherwise, they strongly urge EVERYONE (feeling sick or not) to stay home, and travel as little as possible to help contain the virus.
That said- if you have that feeling of “coming down with something” and then it passes… you could still have it. It is spreading because the public thinks “If I had the corona virus, I’d be REALLY SICK” and that isn’t always the case. In fact, some people are not showing symptoms at all, yet still testing positive. That means, all of us that are normally quite healthy, are walking around spreading the bug unknowingly… and those with underlying health challenges are contracting the virus and going into dangerous and critical condition.
How to Protect Yourself & Others from Coronavirus (& other bugs)
- Clean your hands often – soap are warm/hot water for at least 20 seconds. If you cannot wash your hands, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. (I know this is sold out- you can Google different recipes and how to make your own sanitizer at home with alcohol and aloe vera, for example.)
- Put distance between yourself and others.
- Do not touch your eyes, mouth, nose, etc.
- Self Isolate! Stay at home whenever possible, especially if you are sick
- Wear a face mask if you are sick to avoid infecting others.
- Do NOT wear a face mask if you are not sick or caring for those who are sick. This avoids a shortage for those who need them.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces daily.
Read more details on protecting yourself and others on the CDC website.
At this point, even though I am feeling nearly at 100%, I am still choosing to self isolate and I urge everyone to do the same- whether you feel sick or not. This is really the only way we can stop the virus from spreading and protect the general public.
Stay home. Stay healthy. Help others stay healthy.