Covid 19. Anyone think they already had it?

posted 6 days ago in Wellness
Post # 31
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Not me. But I think my dad had it. Cough, fever, still has shortness of breath. He got sick a week and a half ago. Tested negative for the flu. And that is when is started spreading around my area. I’m keeping my fingers crossed me, my husband, and my almost 3 month old are okay, since we were at their house the night before he got sick. 

Post # 32
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Helper bee

The CDC estimates there have been over 30 million flu cases so far this year, so if you’ve had a bug recently, it’s still about 100x more likely that it was the flu.  I think this is also a reminder that getting “just” the flu is no joke! Hopefully this will lead to people taking the flu shot more seriously 

Post # 33
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glitterati :  I came here to say this. I see so many people claiming they already had it. Which is hard to believe considering it’s undeniably here now based on the way hospitals are now. Wouldn’t there have been a noticeable uptick in hospitalizations and deaths?? Why is that only an issue now? I don’t buy it. People need to stop diagnosing themselves. 

Post # 34
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Helper bee

I actually think I’m dealing with it now.  Some of the worst headaches of my life with stomach upset, occasional chills, and shortness of breath.  I have periods where I feel 100% and then slide back into it.  I’m monitoring if closely you see if I should get tested, but I’m basically just barricading myself inside.

Post # 35
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Bumble bee

I think unless you’ve tested positive you should assume you have not had it. Dont think you’re immune because you think you had it.

Post # 36
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Bumble bee

As far as taking care of ourselves goes, if experiencing any suspicious symptoms, we should assume that it very well might be covid 19 and take every precaution with self care and self isolating.  Once recovered, we should all assume it very well might NOT have been and continue to take every precaution.  There’s no harm in wondering, especially if it was recent and we were in close contact with others and we might need to warn…”hey, I don’t know, but I should let you know I’m not feeling well and I don’t know what it is…”. 

Post # 37
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mrscb2bee :  Not really.  The majority have mild symptoms and recover at home.   Every single news report of the cases in our state say that the person is recovering at home.  

Even in China, where there are over a billion people only 3,270 have died from this.  That’s a very low percentage.  

Post # 38
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mrspuppylove :  even if I thought I had it, I wouldn’t assume I’m immune.  We don’t know enough about this virus to know if you can get it more than once.

I basically assume everything is walking around with it currently and I’m staying the hell away!  Ha.

Post # 39
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PaperQueen :  okay so why are the hospitals in my area (North NJ and NYC) overrun with covid patients now and not back in January? 

Eta: and this happened in under 2 weeks

Post # 40
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mrscb2bee :  My guess is that some of them would be fine recovering at home, but they are scared because many of the reports were that this disease was going to wipe out 1/3 of the population.  For the past 4 weeks, this all that we have heard about.  Fear and panic causes people to think the worst and a lot of times that fear can cause our bodies to “freak” out too. 

I’m sure that there are cases in the hospital that are very ill from this.  The disease is spreading and more are being tested now, which is probably why those numbers are higher.   As it spreads, it will hit the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions and we know that they will be hit harder. 

But, there are a lot of people that were saying that they had the worst cough they had ever had in Dec – Jan and just suffered through it because there wasn’t a name for it at the time, myself included.  I had some terrible cold/cough/fever for 4 weeks in December/January.  We had traveled to NYC two weeks prior.   I took a lot of advil, cold meds, cough meds to get through it.    

Post # 41
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Even though I’m sure there are people who have already had it, I’m afraid assumptions like this will only encourage people to be more reckless, thinking they don’t have to isolate or can’t get sick.

This is the first year in the last four in which I have NOT had symptoms, despite always getting a flu shot, so I’m positive I haven’t had it. And I don’t want to take any chances. 

Post # 42
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Helper bee

I’m a flight attendant so I met load of people everyday. I don’t recall I have been to any high risk country. In mid of Jan, I had very very bad cold/flu. My temperature reached 38 degree. I cough sooo much that sounds like wheezing from the lung. It’s so much pain, everytime I cough I had tears in my eyes. I had difficult breathing. I went to clinic, the doctor didn’t understand either why my fever didn’t drop at all for 3-4 days, so they checked me up for Malaria, but it’s negative. They sent me home to rest. It took me over a week to recover totally. But all of this is before the virus became on the news. So I dont know what it was but my symptom was really similar to Covid-19 except that I have load of mucus not dry cough. 

Post # 43
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Helper bee

Honestly, if you felt like crap, it came on suddenly and you had congestion, a drippy/running nose etc.; it was more than likely the flu – especially if you (American, Canadian, Aussies) haven’t been to or in CLOSE CONTACT with someone from Italy, China or Iran before March. Nasal symptoms are rare in Covid-19 patients.

 

Also, even if you think you’ve had it, even if it’s CONFIRMED, you’ve had it…there have been multiple patients who were positive and recovered than tested positive again later (with symptoms), so it is definitely possible to be reinfected.

This is coming from someone who experienced much the same symptoms being talked about 2 years ago – body aches, fever, an annoying chest cough, nose that wouldn’t quit AND weeks to recover; and that is exactly what the flu is like. I was symptomatic for 1 month, with a 2 week period where dragging myself out to mandatory tutorials for 2 hours/day (wearing masks) was the only thing I could do. During the worst of it, I got tired just standing up for 5 mins to make instand noodles.

Anyway, here’s a handy chart.

DIfference between cold-flu-coronavirus

Post # 44
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Helper bee

Personally, given that I’m a final year medical student in a hospital where staff have tested positive, and my SO is an ER doctor who has interacted with multiple patients who later tested positive and been quarantined (one of them, he’d interacted with without PPE because this was pre-massive rise in cases); I assume we’re both asymptomatic carriers. 

It’s honestly safer at this point to assume that than anything else. 

Post # 45
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helixthecat :  I had the exact same symptoms but was never tested for flu because I contacted my dr more than 48 hrs after onset so taking Tamiflu was out of the question. 2 weeks later my cough became more violent to the point I could not sleep days on end, my stomach and rib cage were so sore I could barely lay down and I also had pounding headaches from the the coughing spasms. I then was told to come in to be seen and I was told I had the flu that had morphed in to bronchitis. I was given antibiotics, a cough suppressant pill because regular cough medicine is out of the question because I’m diabetic,and a rescue inhaler. This was around January 16th. The rest of my family also had it but not with the severity I did, I’m guessing because I’m diabetic which makes me immunosuppressed.

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