Let me give some of you an insider's view of this virus............a month ago, I tested positive and two weeks later I tested negative. The two weeks, when I had it were the worst I have had in my life, and I have survived a quadruple bypass and other illnesses in my life. This thing was indescribable.
No one on the planet took more steps to avoid getting it than me. I quit my job last Spring, when the s*** hit the fan, I stayed home and only went to my hobby shop where I was alone all day, I wore a mask constantly when out, and only went quickly to the grocery store every few days for the food I needed. I kept cans of hand sanitizer everywhere, even in my car, and I took every precaution I could to avoid other people.
On a Wednesday I started feeling like a cold was coming on, so on Thursday I went to my regular Physician who gave me a Z pack that I took for the next 5 days. That Saturday, my son had to go have a Covid test because his work required it, so I went and got one too. I TESTED POSITIVE !!!!!! So did my son, but thank God, he only suffered a dry cough and no other symptoms until he tested negative two weeks later.
Until the next Tuesday, I felt pretty good, but then the s*** hit the fan and I got sick as I have ever been in my life. For two nights I thought I was going to die, and only stayed away from going to the hospital because I felt that would be where I would die. My temperature ran about 101.8 and I felt like a truck had backed over me. When I tried to get some sleep I would lay there for what seemed like hours, but when I looked at the clock 5 minutes had passed. Those were some very long nights.
Finally, on Thursday, I started to feel somewhat better and my temp came down into the 99.5 range and stayed there. Over the next week I began to feel somewhat better but I had no desire to eat or drink, so I had to force myself to do it.
Two weeks later I felt better, but still had no taste or smell, and went back for my retest.........it turned out negative this time !
So, sorry for the lengthy post, but I want to pass along that YOU DO NOT WANT TO GET THIS THING, it is the sickest I have ever been in my life and I thought it was all over. When I saw people traveling and socializing for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, I shook my head. I took every precaution I could, and it still got me. I think the only thing that lessened my symptoms was the Z pack I took at the onset. My ex is an RN, and she feels that was what helped.
Thanks for the insight. Glad you made it through.
That's the scary thing about it. Some only get mild symptoms, or none. While others die within 24hrs of first symptoms, and others linger for days or weeks.
When this first started boiling over, I figured we'd all come into contact with it one way or another over the next 18 months or so.
So far, I know of 5 family members that got it. One was in real bad shape, two were bad "Flu-like", and two more, I just found out about in the past week or so.
One is in healthcare and got the vax, then tested positive 10 days later.