Yes, I have/had Coronavirus, which is why I’ve gotten so little done in the last little while. I’m mostly on the mend, but there were definitely some intense days.
How I got it
My whole family got the virus, we think, around the 4th of July weekend, in which my kids played with their cousins. Their cousins got sick slightly before my son (the first of us), so it’s likely one of them had the virus but hadn’t come down with symptoms. Oddly, one of my sisters-in-law had been exposed, but had a negative test come back. That might have been a false negative.
I arrive at that conclusion because I’ve been very diligent since the start of this (and before, warning people early on) in wearing masks, gloves, and other protective gear. I in fact didn’t get sick with ANYTHING for the last few months as a result – it was the longest stretch of “no sickness at all” I’ve had since we started having children.
So like lots of things, the kids got the parents (including me) sick.
No, it’s not just the flu, brah.
Symtoms for the kids were generally mild and short-lived. My son came down with a fever and it resolved in a day. We didn’t even think it was Covid until my wife and I got sick. My daughter had a fever for about 2 days and some fluid in one ear.
For us, it was very high fever of 103+ that didn’t respond to medication for about three days. I would have to take 800mg of Ibuprofen and a high dose of Acetaminophen to bring the fever down to about 101.5-102. Drugs simply DID NOT work most of the time. After those days, the fever got less.
It was when the fever was resolving that both I and my wife got REALLY sick. My wife ended up with an acute sinus infection that was so painful she couldn’t sleep, and the onset was rapid – just a few hours.
I went from a resolving fever, actually feeling much better after four days of sweating, to having SARS-like symptoms in about three hours. I went to bed feeling fine and woke up a few hours later with intense pain in my lungs – actually some of the most severe pain I’ve ever experienced – combined with a strong, painful cough.
After a few hours, I started coughing up phlegm mixed with blood, some of it bright red and some if it dark. I ended up going to the hospital, where they finally tested me for Covid-19 before sending me home, since my symptoms were, believe it or not, not considered extreme enough to stay.
Most of the symptoms actually resolved within the day, but I have lingering pain in my upper right lung lobe and I’ll probably have to have some follow-up work done to see if there is lasting damage. I’m also still suffering from malaise – I’m tired all the time.
I can definitely see how old people can die of this with such speed. If I wasn’t already in good physical shape and fairly young it could have been really bad.
These weren’t the only consequences, however. My wife and I both totally lost our sense of smell. I mean totally. Neither of us can smell anything at all. Before my sense left totally, everything smelled bad – like, really bad. Things also taste very bland right now, to where sour candy is the only thing that is really tasty. Apparently, there is a chance our sense of smell won’t come back.
Edit: My voice is also in really bad shape, hence no videos. The damage was probably due to coughing, in my opinion.
When my wife and I sought medical attention the consensus from doctors was that Covid-19 was the ONLY thing they were seeing. They were near 100% sure we had the virus before any testing was performed because the symptoms were so consistent. Measures were effective in reducing significantly every transmittable illness except the Kung Flu – why was that?
Is it that masks were ineffective?
Possibly, but probably not. Covid-19 is just so virulent that the convexity of masks and other measures like social distancing isn’t as severe with Coronavirus as with other pathogens. And I have to consider how I got it – my child, not some rando at the supermarket.
This has big implications for schools. Although kids don’t get very sick (we don’t know why), they can easily transmit the infection to vulnerable adults. Right now my wife and I are thanking God that my mother and father-in-law didn’t get sick at the party as they have pre-existing health conditions that would massively raise their risk profile and turn a disease that is unpleasant with some possible long-term effects into something truly deadly.
And that’s really the problem with Coronavirus in general: we are in the dark. A large portion of what you have heard through the media regarding the virus is likely untrue – most of what is talked about is conjecture that gets disproved or re-proved within weeks. That’s because the thing hasn’t been around long enough for us to actually know much.
There’s a flaw with the popular “Evidence-based medical practice” and that’s that you need evidence. When faced with the unknown, there are no reliable studies that you can look at to determine what to do. You have to operate in a different world – the world of probability and precaution.
Masks might not be 100% effective, but even at 50% effectiveness, they can potentially reduce transmission by 90% due to the convex effects of reductions over generations (in other words, each patient infects fewer people, so after several rounds of infection, a mask group would have 90% fewer cases than a control group even when masks are only marginally effective). Masks also have little-to-no downside.
Cloroquine might be effective, or it might not, but if it is effective it can save a life, whereas the side-effects are known and manageable. Thus, it should be used.
We don’t really know why children aren’t very affected, or why some people get sicker than others, or what is happening when people test positive without symptoms, or why two people can start with the exact same disease and end up with two different secondary infections.
People, and our medical establishment is part of that, are not usually trained to think about things like this in the realm of the unknown. They are trying desperately to find information they can use – to understand and therefore mitigate a threat. They aren’t trained to think in terms of optionality – the potential upside vs. the potential (or known) downside.
This is the reality – you do not want to get this. If you can do small things to reduce your risk, you ought to. Operate with precaution, because you don’t have the information you need to know the outcomes.
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