Covid 19. Anyone think they already had it?

posted 3 months ago in Wellness
Post # 16
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Honey bee

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glitterati :  Believe me, I’m not thinking that! Last time I saw my mom was March 13th and since then, I decided to not even come over to her house even though she only lives 25 minutes away by car for everyone’s protection! That was the last time I got out of the house too!

Post # 17
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Blushing bee

From what I’ve read you can catch it again any way so it wouldn’t be wise for anyone to think they have immunity even if they test positive and recover.

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - Country/barn

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gatsbymermaid :  a few weeks ago I had a small dry cough (like just more of annoyance, not hacking or coughing my head off) and the next day I woke up feeling like I’d been hit by a truck. Sore throat, body aches, fatigue, no energy. It lasted about 4 days before I started to get better. I had a very slight fever briefly one evening during those 4 days. I stayed home from work and afterward I thought it must have been the flu. I did not get tested so I odnt know for sure. Could have been the flu, could have been covid, I suppose. 

Post # 20
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Busy bee

It crossed my mind. In early January, my fiance and I both came down with the flu. I got sick first, then he got sick a few days later. For both of us, the illness started with a terrible cough, then progressed to fever and body aches, then nasal congestion. The cough lasted throughout the entire illness, and for a few more weeks after all other symptoms were gone. I thought that was strange because I didn’t remember coughing as being a primary symptom of the flu. I tried every cough medicine (over the counter and prescription), but nothing worked.

I get colds often during the winter and early spring, but this was the first time I’d had the flu since I was a kid. My fiance and I had to stay home from work for 2 weeks. I tried to work from home as much as I could, but some days I couldn’t even do that. Neither of us knew anyone else who was sick, so I couldn’t fathom where I picked it up. Since I’m prone to terrible colds in the winter, I’ve always been good about washing my hands and carrying hand sanitizer everywhere I go. We didn’t even think it could be anything other than the flu, because the world didn’t know about COVID-19 yet.

It was probably just the flu, but who knows? I’m definitely not assuming I have any kind of immunity to COVID-19.

Post # 21
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Helper bee

I had a debilitating “flu” (I actually tested negative twice for Flu A and B) for about 6 weeks. I’m just now starting to recover. It could have just been some weird virus, but I went to the Dr 3 times and no one could figure out what was wrong. Coughing all day so violently that I threw up several times, pulled muscles in my chest and back, almost fainted because I couldn’t catch my breath. Slight shortness of breath, low fever, mild nasal stuff. But my God that cough was so painful and crippling that I had suicidal thoughts  and that isn’t even hyperbole. Testing just became available in my area a few days ago, as I was starting to feel human again. I have no idea what it was, but if that was it and it becomes endemic because people don’t gain immunity from having it, I’m moving to another planet.

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

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xiexie :  It was bizarre! I attributed it to an infection brewing in my sinuses. I’ve never seen that color before though!

Post # 23
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Bumble bee

I think this is a very normal question for people to be asking right now.  We don’t have any way of knowing, but if I found out my family had already had it, and we were immune because of it, then I would step up and look for opportunities to help people who are high risk so they could self isolate more effectively.  We don’t have testing for hindsight cases and related immunity, but if we did, I can think of many benefits.  Those individuals could take up the jobs that have been shut down but the community would really benefit from having reactivated.  My uncle posted an interesting point from truckers’ perspectives.  With restaurants and reststops closing, they can’t get bathroom breaks.  A lot of details we need to figure out as we go along.  I hope policies will continue to adjust to adapt.  But I often think that I wish we could identify who is immune because it could really help!  I’m not as worried about people being careless.  There’s carelessness from people who know they haven’t had it yet and still could.  They either don’t understand or don’t care and that will keep on happening.

Post # 24
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Yes.  Two week ago on March 8th I had flu symptoms that set in like a freight train within hours.  It started as fatigue and muscle aches.  Within an hour or two my fever started rising.  It eventually hit 103 during the night and then I also developed significant nausea.  I swore it was the flu as I had the flu badly last winter and it felt the same.  I went to the Drs on Monday morning and was swabbed.  Rapid flu test came back negative.  Dr said he was treating me for flu anyway since rapid test has a wide false positive and false negative range.  By the next day the fever subsided to a low grade fever that lasted for 3-4 days.  GI symptoms set in.  Nausea and diarrhea for 4 days.  Towards the end of the 4 days I developed nasal congestion and a slight tightness in my chest.  Throughout the past week I’ve noticed I get slightly out of breath and my legs felt crampy going up the stairs sometimes, esp if I’m carrying my kids.  That never used to happen.  I recovered then my daughter got it and the just a few days ago my son.  My symptoms were eerily similar to the woman from Seattle who famously shared her story a week or two ago.  Also very simliar to a NJ man who also recently shared his story.  So, who knows– we’ll never know because of how few tests there are.  We’ve been isolating just to make sure not to spread it if it was.  

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

I had the exact symptoms several weeks ago, but given my work conditions it would have caused an outbreak if I did have it. So thankfully I think I just had a flu

Post # 26
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Bumble bee

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kuriousbee :  

Wow.  That sounds like a text book case based on current evidence.  Of course we can’t diagnose over the internet or self -diagnose for sure, but you’re doing what we all should–self isolating.  In your shoes, I would hope it was since then you’re done.  Current evidence suggests immunity post recovery, though doctors can’t say how long we are immune.  Standard immunity for viruses based on active antibody production is at least a year.  These aren’t things I’d run crazy with.  But if things got really bad, and I’d had a rough day of nothing but scary news, I would reflect and try to take hope in the “maybes” that help us when there’s nothing we can do.  I’m glad your family is recovering well no matter what it was.

Post # 27
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Helper bee

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gatsbymermaid :  I definitely have respiratory problems; I have had chest pressure that is sometimes painful (I went to the hospital at the end of the year for that and got diagnosed with pseudomediastinum.

And I have lost weight, but it may be from stressing (I easily stress).

and I also have been having GI problems, but again, prone to ulcers and stones AND may have precancerous cells as told my my doc, but I’m testing for it. 

Total symptoms: 

Chest tightness 

trouble breathing at times (feel like I need more oxygen) 

headaches

cramps/lower abdomen pains

fatigue

runny nose

plugged nose

etc who knows :/

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I started wondering about this because I had a terrible respiratory virus with fever and cough and generally feeling horrible a few weeks ago and I didn’t test positive for flu. My doc said she thought it was probably just one of the few flu cases that tests negative even though it’s actually positive. But, since no one that I had contact with around that time caught whatever it was I had, I figure the doc was probably right. Just a weird flu.

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Nope. 

Post # 30
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Bumble bee

Excellent news today folks!  I found an article I’ll post below discussing that more than one antibody test for the purpose  of tallying who has already had the virus, and is therefore antibody protected, has been developed.  Commercial availability was an obstacle before now, but a science division has posted the designs for an effective testing method for any lab that has the means to run it–free sharing of information.  Praise those who put public safety above profiteering!  Related to this, the FDA finally took John’s Hopkins Medical Center up on its proposal for a plasma donor antibody harvesting program.  Red tape stage of approval for administration designs expected to clear in one month.  Japan and China revealed that they both used donor plasma to the epidemic on their fronts two months ago and got good results.  Plasma donation program will start immediately upon approval, beginning with plasma infusions to critically ill, then after data confirms it’s safe (Japan is rolling their eyes because they already did it and told the FDA their results) infusions will be prioritized for healthcare workers.  It can continue to go from there as we know how many have antibodies to donate.  Those who receive antibodies will not be immune to the virus but will be protected from severe symptoms if they get it.  We can finally being to count up who’s immune and use that information to take action to protect the most vulnerable.  Donor plasma will be replaced by lab harvested antibodies sometime this summer when lab prototypes are ready to go.  I wish this had come along six weeks ago but at least it’s on the way!

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/03/new-blood-tests-antibodies-could-show-true-scale-coronavirus-pandemic

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