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Forum Members with COVID-19

Post by Tortoise » Fri Mar 13, 2020 1:24 pm

I thought we could start a thread dedicated to hearing updates from forum members who have COVID-19 (either confirmed via official test, or even just suspected/presumed based on recently developing COVID-19 symptoms like fever, chills, etc.).

There still seems to be a lot of mystique surrounding this virus and its effects on various people, so I think it would be informative to hear first-hand from some of our own forum members what the experience of fighting and (hopefully) defeating the virus is like from beginning to end.

Maybe this will be the most boring thread ever if catching this virus is just like catching the flu for most people. But I hope we might also learn at least a little something new.

Ad Orientem, care to share any updates?
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Post by Ad Orientem » Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:07 am

Mild but persistent cough. A couple short bouts with being flush/really hot and the achy blahs. When that hits, even very mild exertion leaves me dead tired and I lie down for a while. Generally a couple Naproxen do the trick. Only leaving the house to walk the dogs and trying to do that at odd times to minimize contact with other people. At some point a trip to the grocery store will become necessary. That will be interesting.
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Post by Xan » Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:13 am

Can you ask a neighbor to bring you supplies? Does your grocery deliver?

I'm assuming you haven't been officially tested/diagnosed?
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Post by dualstow » Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:16 am

Your symptoms match up very closely with this guy's. Temperature, cough, aches, exhaustion.
https://twitter.com/GoughCJ/status/1239 ... 98305?s=20
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Post by Ad Orientem » Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:20 am

Xan wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:13 am
Can you ask a neighbor to bring you supplies? Does your grocery deliver?

I'm assuming you haven't been officially tested/diagnosed?
No. I haven't been tested. My symptoms are far too minor. Given the chronic shortages of tests and the enormous strain on the medical community I would be embarrassed to even ask.

(add) I am considering options for shopping. Not too worried about it yet.
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Post by dualstow » Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:22 am

What about your mom?
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Post by Ad Orientem » Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:23 am

Her symptoms are even more mild than mine Deo gratias. She actually doubts we have it.
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Post by dualstow » Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:04 pm

Ok, good. I thought I read earlier that she was vomiting and you weren't.
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Post by stuper1 » Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:13 pm

Not to be alarmist, but if you haven't been out shopping for several days, you may be in for a surprise at how things are. I definitely wouldn't want to get very low on supplies right now. The stores I've been in generally have food available, but not always what you are looking for. We have a pretty full pantry at this point, and I intend to be out shopping more within a week so that we keep stocked up.

Again I'm not trying to scare you. It's just that it sounds like maybe you've been cooped up for several days and may not realize that things have gotten a bit weird at the stores. I imagine that if the virus case count were to rise much, that it could get even weirder.
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Post by vnatale » Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:15 pm

stuper1 wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:13 pm
Not to be alarmist, but if you haven't been out shopping for several days, you may be in for a surprise at how things are. I definitely wouldn't want to get very low on supplies right now. The stores I've been in generally have food available, but not always what you are looking for. We have a pretty full pantry at this point, and I intend to be out shopping more within a week so that we keep stocked up.

Again I'm not trying to scare you. It's just that it sounds like maybe you've been cooped up for several days and may not realize that things have gotten a bit weird at the stores. I imagine that if the virus case count were to rise much, that it could get even weirder.
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Post by Tyler » Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:28 pm

Yeah, the stores are picked pretty clean near me. But from what I understand it's mainly a supply chain issue rather than a supply issue. The massive sudden demand just threw off their warehousing buffers. It may not get back to 100% for a while, but I suspect it will get a lot better soon as the supply planners adapt to the new situation.

The one thing I've noticed the last few weeks now that I'm hyper-focused on how I feel is that a lot of symptoms that initially make me nervous (feeling hot, mild cough, scratchy throat, etc) turn out to be caused by acid reflux or allergies. Just gotta dial down the paranoia and dial up the attention to what I eat.
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Post by dualstow » Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:37 pm

Ha, I've also noticed symptoms briefly that were caused by something else, or perhaps never there in the first place.
I have reduced my acid reflux, but this new "freezer diet' with more bread & oatmeal has caused it to rise again.
When they talk about mild lung scarring on TV, I swear my chest hurts a little. EDIT: and I've had a dry cough for decades.
Time to switch that off.
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