I’m so sorry, bee! My Fiance and I both just got the okay to come out of quarantine after contracting it a couple weeks back. We are both essential workers but had been extremely cautious – no gatherings whatsoever, very minimal and distanced trips to the grocery store, etc – yet a COVID denier at work gave it to me and I in turn gave it to my Fiance.
Initially, I had a mild sore throat. I got tested the next day and was positive but just barely. That day both my Fiance and I had terrible headaches, body aches, and very mild fevers. I went back for a test the next day and my levels had jumped quite high with my Fiance also testing positive at nearly the same levels. Over the next few days it felt like I had a sinus infection which I am, unfortunately, used to. My Fiance meanwhile had sinus pressure and ear aches. Though we never got fevers again, we had some mild fatigue and eventually lost our sense of taste and smell – though those both returned within about 5 days. I also experienced random boughts of nausea around Days 7-8 but that quickly went away as well. Thankfully we never experienced shortness of breath or chest issues which I am incredibly relieved about.
While everyone is different and I am absolutely not a doctor, I can share what worked for us:
– Staying hydrated!
– We rested as much as we needed but also made ourselves walk around our house for a bit every day + do some light stretches. We’d also sit in the backyard in the sun for at least an hour daily (living in SoCal, we were able to do this).
– Teas (chamomile, ginger, green tea) and Theraflu were lifesavers.
– Zinc, Vitamin C tablets, and multi-vitamins daily
– Tylenol for headaches
– Cough drops as needed
– 1 Bayer baby aspirin (I believe they were 81 mg) at night to avoid the risk of blood clots. This was actually recommended by my doctor.
– If you have congestion, bring a pot of water to a boil, add about a teaspoon of Vicks VapoRub, then turn it off and put a towel over your head while you inhale the steam.
– If you can, try to cook yourself some hearty, dynamic meals. Lots of veggies including bell peppers, spinach/greens, chiles, etc. Again, I’m no doctor but my Fiance and I always felt better after a good meal.
Getting a COVID diagnosis is scary – and upsetting for those who have been cautious! – so I completely understand any anxiety you may be feeling. I hope something I’ve offered here helps you even in the slightest and I’m wishing you a speedy recovery!