On April 1st, 9 days ago I tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, also known as the Novel Corona Virus or Covid-19. This was 7 days before I was scheduled to get my Covid Vaccination.
This is the sickest that I have ever felt in my life from a virus. It was like the flu, but 100 times worse.
The onset of symptoms started with a very obnoxious, consistent, and overwhelming headache, followed by a sore throat, persistent cough, and the loss of taste and smell. I knew when I couldn't smell the Vicks I was using to open up my sinuses, and I couldn't taste the emergenc-e orange gummies I take every day.
On day 5, I started the "fever pitch." I ran a fever of 100+ non stop for for 4 days, even with taking Tylenol every 6 hours. The headache remained consistent as my head was completely packed full of congestion (which caused all other symptoms) sore throat, headache, cough and loss of taste or smell. I have very bad seasonal allergies, and I know that when I get congested it causes me to get really dizzy and that leads to the inability to see, walk straight and get really nauseous.
So Day 6-8 brought severe dizziness, nauseousness, and unbearable headache. And day 7, because I was so congested I could not breath it brought on a shortness of breath and gasping to get air.
Here I am today, Day 9 and I feel completely weak. My sore throat and fever are gone but I still have a persistent cough, a bad headache, and congestion which makes me really dizzy and hurts my eyes.
It is crazy, to spend an entire year of your life doing a ton of new things to ensure you don't get the virus and being afraid of contracting the virus. My life has been drastically different over the past year because of Covid-19...not for fear of me getting the virus, but out of fear of contracting the virus and giving it to others.
I literally spent my entire time in quarantine in bed, behind a closed door because I was 1) extremely sick and 2) afraid of spreading the virus to my family. As I am typing this, my dad has also tested positive and I am fairly certain my mother also has Covid, so I was unsuccessful in stoping the spread to my immediate family.
My 87 year old Grandpa, whom I also live with, seems to be doing okay (Luckily he got his first covid vaccination 2 weeks before I started exhibiting symptoms).
So I guess, with all of this, I am extremely lucky to be where I am today and with my family. We could have had it so much worse. We are not completely out of the woods yet, but so many other people across the United States had it worse...lost a loved one, lost several loved ones because of Covid-19. They say 1 in 3 Covid Survivors suffer from permanent brain damage and 30% of survivors have neuropsychiatric symptoms.
Covid is no joke. Everyone needs to do their part in stopping the spread of this virus. Wearing masks, social distancing, or not going out at all until it is over, getting the vaccination, being in quarantine if you have to, etc.
Advice if you get it: Covid acts differently for everyone, but here is some advice that I can give:
STOP BEING SELFISH. CARE FOR OTHERS. DO YOUR PART.
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