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Anyone have COVID-19?
« on: April 28, 2020, 10:50:21 PM »
I'm pretty sure I do, but I don't meet the clinical criteria for (nor do I really want) the PCR test to confirm the diagnosis.  As soon as a good antibody test is available I'm going to get one.

Lot's of weird symptoms over the last six weeks:  slight dry cough and heaviness in the chest, subjective shortness of breath, headaches, chills, and rapid heart rate.  No sniffles or congestion, minimal sore throat at the beginning.

My oxygen saturation is well above 95% so I'm not seeking medical attention and just laying low at home because there's really not much that can be done for relatively mild cases like mine, and no use clogging the system.  Cough, breathing, and heart rate seem back to normal in the last few days, but I'll get hit with chills a couple times per day.  I'll think I'm all better and in a few days the cough comes back.  My biggest fear is transferring it to someone who really gets critically sick, so I'm planning on staying hunkered down for at least 2-3 more weeks.

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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2020, 07:02:50 AM »
Both my wife and I had something that fits the pattern late December. The one that got me was the loss of taste. I still haven't fully normalized my apetite and now I eat 1-2 meals per day.

If what we went through was COVID it's nasty. As in the Mrs. spent 48 hours unable to get out of bed and pretty soon after I was rolling on the floor with a fever and shaking.

Haven't been tested but my wife has 2 co-workers who tested for antibody so we're not far off of likely cases. Anecdotally quite a few friends had "something" in that late December and early January timeline. At least one went to the hospital with breathing issues and I went to an ENT because I just couldn't swallow food. In every case we were basically told it was likely seasonal flu and given the usual runaround.

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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2020, 07:03:32 AM »
no.  But I think we had it in February.

Lion (13-yo daughter), got it first, on a Wed, February 19.  We had people over for dinner and I made sure Lion stayed upstairs and away from our friends.  She had a fever, and was very weak and fatigued.  It lasted 2 weeks before it finally went away, completely.  My kids never have things that last longer than 2-3 days.  I do not remember if she had a cough.
By Friday, Wolf (10-yo boy) and Bee (7-yo girl) also had fevers and fatigue.  Saturday night, neither would eat, but no stomach upset.  When Bee started coughing, I panicked - coughing is long-lived in this house.  I remember being surprised by the cough, since she had had no congestion, and around here, coughing only starts a week after there has been dripping or stuffy or whatever in the sinuses.  But hers was a sudden dry cough without context.  And it went away 2 days later, never to be heard again - also strange in my house.
Bear (16-yo daughter) started to feel something, but not wanted to get sick, drank LOTS more water, loaded up on vitamins, and drank lots of onion-honey (raw onion steeped in warm honey, then strained).  She was fatigued, but managed to carry on her daily activities at the local trade school.
My husband had a mild fever, and 2-3 days of mild fatigue.
I had no fever, no cough, but I did, during these 2 weeks Lion was ill, have 3 days, spread out, where I just collapsed on my bed in random unplanned sleep.
Bug (my oldest, 18-yo son) was either at school or work most of the day, and so never spent any time with us or even, really, in our house; his bedroom and bathroom are in the basement, and he would eat at school or work.  And when he found out we were sick, he managed to vacate the house even more.

I did make sure the kids were taking lots of Vit C, elderberry, onion-honey; we drank lots of lemon tea, hot apple cider, and ran peppermint and eucalyptus oil in diffusers around the house (we find that helps us breath easier).  We also ran humidifiers in the bedrooms to help breathing at night.  I also spent a lot of time in the steam room at the gym, hoping to sweat out the illness, like an artificial fever.   I know that a lot of doctors would dismiss all this as "old-wives tales" or pure placebo, but that is our method of dealing with respiratory illnesses.

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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2020, 07:41:40 AM »
We think a couple our kids might have had it because they had really weird symptoms in January/February. My wife was exposed but tested negative a couple weeks ago. I've been fine so far and hope that I continue to be that way. I tend not to get sick unless it's really bad and requires hospitalization/surgery so... this could go either way ;)

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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2020, 09:11:30 AM »
I had mild respiratory system including a dry cough from late JAN to 2nd week of FEB, real tired and draggy.  That was following European travel, so who knows, maybe I did have it.

Since then have had a few odd bouts of mild fever and coughing when the fever was on.  Also seemed to have diminished cardio since then, though now that I feel better I seem to have gotten most of the cardio back. 

So I have no idea.

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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2020, 11:52:12 AM »
My test came back negative, which is not surprising, I was having an abundance of caution due to the rash and fever. I get a hacking cough sometimes with my spring allergies, that and a slight fever and the rash is why they went ahead and tested, but I was not feeling that bad, except being exhausted which is what allergy meds do to me.  SO the overlap was large and they ruled it out.  Now I get to go to the allergy clinic. 

The test results came back with 36 hours I got a phone call

As far as everyone here's early bad flu like symptoms, this years actual infuenza flu was worse than usual, I had that in November and I dont remember ever being that sick, and it drug on, and very exhausting.  SO, I think just having a worse than usual virus this year does not necces. mean it was CoVid

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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2020, 05:35:00 PM »
I'm pretty sure I do...

Oh man, that is rotten news.  I hope you don't, or that you're one of the "mild symptoms" people.

A friend of mine in southern California had "flu" in late January that put him in the hospital.  He's got cardiac issues but has never before had such an extreme reaction to flu, and with recent news that the coronavirus was already circulating in California in January, he suspects that's what he had.

My wife and I had an exceptionally rotten "flu" that I almost certainly acquired at Costco on Jan 12, but the symptoms were more flu-like than COVID-like, and I'd be surprised if the coronavirus had reached our corner of southeastern Washington that early.  As mountainmoma posted, this season's real flu included an unusually nasty strain.  Did we also pick up the coronavirus at the tail end of our real flu?  That could explain the "second wave" of symptoms we experienced, but who knows?

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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2020, 06:59:10 PM »
I had an exam in January and afterwards the nurse inquired if I had a list of symptoms that months later I recognized as specific to corona-19. I have had wheezing but after taking quercetin it has cleared up.

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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2020, 08:50:38 PM »
Oh man, that is rotten news.  I hope you don't, or that you're one of the "mild symptoms" people.

I hope I do, actually, especially if it confers some level of immunity in the next waves of this epidemic.

Whatever I'm dealing with it's not the typical flu.  I feel like I want to die when I get the flu and this isn't making me feel that bad.  Honestly, if I didn't know that COVID was circulating and that it might kill me I probably wouldn't have paid that much attention to the primary symptoms I've been experiencing.

I think the heart effects, tachycardia in my case, are the most worrisome for me.  I have always had excellent cardiovascular endurance (even with this illness I've managed to keep walking my very rambunctious dogs a couple miles per day in steep terrain without getting tired or short of breath) so it's quite disconcerting to feel my heart banging away in the middle of the night and find out it's 111 bpm when I slip the pulse ox on.  I was chalking it up to anxiety, or maybe part of the febrile response, or just getting older, but lately I'm wondering if it's a direct effect of the virus on my heart muscle.  I certainly wouldn't want to be taking anything that might induce an arrhythmia (like chloroquine) into that picture.  And who knows whether this virus is sensitizing the heart muscle in such a way that the effects on the Qt interval produced by the quinine drugs is flipping some people into fatal rhythms.  The last couple days I've been seeing my heart rate normalize as my cough has improved, but who knows. 

Right now my biggest concern is a massive outbreak of hives (urticaria, sometimes escalating into angioedema) as I've begun to start feeling better.  Twenty years ago I had a similar rash that followed a really weird double flu illness, where I relapsed within days of "recovering" and at the end of the second illness I broke out head to toe in hives that would come and go most days for several years.  An extensive work up from many different specialists yielded nothing and I adapted by pounding multiple antihistamines at night so I could get some sleep instead of scratching my skin raw.  Eventually it just stopped and the best guess from the allergists, infectious disease, and immunology specialists was that it was due to a chronic viral infection (they call it chronic idiopathic urticaria when there's no discernible cause).  Well, wouldn't you know it, same thing is happening all over again with whatever virus has been causing me symptoms over the last two months.  Fortunately it behaves identically to my previous experience so I'm pounding fistfuls of all the old antihistamines that worked before, basically binding up every possible histamine receptor variant I can (like Benedryl for H1 receptors, and Pepcid for H2), and just putting up with sleeping 12+ hours per day. 

The other fortunate thing about this is I can afford to lay low, nobody is pressuring me to come in and work shifts at a clinic or hospital when I feel like crap, and I'm many paychecks ahead of the curve in being able to pay my monthly expenses.  Yeah, the people I consult for haven't paid me in a couple months, but I don't depend on that income either and I can continue to stay home and take it easy.

Interesting times.

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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2020, 09:16:11 PM »
Okay, enjoy your lots-of-sleeping and get healthy soon.

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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2020, 10:19:08 PM »

Right now my biggest concern is a massive outbreak of hives (urticaria, sometimes escalating into angioedema) as I've begun to start feeling better.  Twenty years ago I had a similar rash that followed a really weird double flu illness, where I relapsed within days of "recovering" and at the end of the second illness I broke out head to toe in hives that would come and go most days for several years.  An extensive work up from many different specialists yielded nothing and I adapted by pounding multiple antihistamines at night so I could get some sleep instead of scratching my skin raw.  Eventually it just stopped and the best guess from the allergists, infectious disease, and immunology specialists was that it was due to a chronic viral infection (they call it chronic idiopathic urticaria when there's no discernible cause).  Well, wouldn't you know it, same thing is happening all over again with whatever virus has been causing me symptoms over the last two months.  Fortunately it behaves identically to my previous experience so I'm pounding fistfuls of all the old antihistamines that worked before, basically binding up every possible histamine receptor variant I can (like Benedryl for H1 receptors, and Pepcid for H2), and just putting up with sleeping 12+ hours per day. 



This describes the rash that I have, and the first Dr on sunday said it was hives, it is a large area and spreading, he used some of the same words to describe it

 


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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2020, 08:00:57 AM »
I have had great improvements in my lung health from taking quercetin tablets. Every spring we forage for nettles as they are rich in nutrients, which I looked up and quercetin is found in them. How much I don't know, but it is interesting that good stuff is in plants for use as herbs and food.
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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2020, 08:10:33 AM »
I think I saw something on MedCram about using Pepcid. There is a study going on, iirc. What about zinc? Are you using Zicam or Cold-eeze or the like? I always find it reduces the duration of common colds...

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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2020, 07:21:54 AM »

Wife seems to think that maybe she had it back in Dec and early Jan. She said it was very different. I kinda contradict that.  :-\

Other than that, we don't even know of anyone with it. Course we haven't got out much. 2 trips to town in the last 2 months.
There are 3 in our county with it from the reports, and 19 in the next county over at the lake area, with 1 death.
So it's still very very minimal around here in the Missouri Ozarks area.

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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2020, 09:13:35 AM »
I think I saw something on MedCram about using Pepcid. There is a study going on, iirc. What about zinc? Are you using Zicam or Cold-eeze or the like? I always find it reduces the duration of common colds...
I take Centrum multi-v's and Quercetin. Jack had a really good discussion on that this week.

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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #16 on: May 02, 2020, 10:22:23 PM »
A coworker's parents both had it, both were hospitalized, and both recovered and are home and well now.

Our story is strange though.

My oldest (9yo girl) had a mild cold- fever with a cough right at Spring Break. Nothing worrisome, fine with otc meds. But the cough lingered and wife finally took her in and it turned out she had walking pneumonia. Doc gave her both an anti-viral and an antibiotic,  and said it was very unlikely to be Covid, and even if it were, there wasn't anything they could really do about it.

Then I got sick. Nothing serious either, basically three days of fatigue. I had a bit of a cough and a mild fever but Ny-Quil and naps got me through. I started feeling unwell on Friday and by Monday I was cleaning and disinfecting the house because I was all better. Cough took a couple days to clear up but never gave me much trouble. If Covid didn't exist, I MIGHT have taken Friday off from work because I felt like crap, but then again, maybe not.

Then younger (6yo girl) got the funk. Same thing- fever, fatigue, cough. Wife took her in and because she has asthma, she's considered high risk, the doc ordered her a test. Test came back negative, which was a relief, and she cycled through her medicines and got better in a couple of days.

Several days passed, then wife caught it. Unfortunately, hers has lasted going on six days and her cough seems to be getting worse. She called one doctor that told her she probably had Covid and to rest and watch out for increasing symptom severity. She called another one because she didn't like that prognosis, but here we are.

I think a lot of the stress and close proximity has been a breeding ground for bugs that would have cleared out but we just keep kicking them back and forth. I don't know. It's the Schrodinger's Virus you see in the meme- we all have it, had it, or we all don't have it and ther's no way to know.

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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2020, 04:13:59 AM »
A lot of us could have actually already had covid and not even know about it cause we either didn't show any symptoms or didn't present enough interest to be tested. I personally know 5 different people who were confirmed, 2 of them had literally nothing except that their smell and taste went away, 1 of them had mild fever and coughed quite violently, but that's it, another who felt weakened and said he felt like he had a very aggressive cold, and 1 who thought he was going to die cause at one point he was coughing up blood, he was hospitalized, it was nasty but he made it. Unfortunately, it's likely that at one point most of us will get infected, it's just a matter of time. Social distancing should be respected, but people don't do it, so we'll inevitably likely get it at one point. Let's just hope most of us have a mild form and that our bodies don't respond badly to it.

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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2020, 08:16:34 AM »
A good friend has been fighting it for awhile... he caught it in March and said it was bad, but was just about well and ready to return to work when he developed deep vein thrombosis. At this point, he is still trying to recover and is still not able to return to work. I was watching some information on this issue on MedCram. All related to ACE2 inhibitors being taken up by Covid and leading to a series of problems ending with von Willibrand factor leading to DVT.

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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2020, 11:09:43 AM »

 I am trying to go easy on my supply of vitamins and supplements as I may need them this fall or winter

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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #20 on: May 16, 2020, 10:58:36 AM »
My daughter got it. She works in an ER as nurse practitioner in KC area. Was tested positive, as was her husband later. They both recovered well at home with no medical treatment, although they said it was rough flu.

Looks like we will get to 100,000 deaths. But with a population of 330 million, that is a death rate of .03%. This shutdown is a political move to get ride of Trump, and to push a green agenda, along with mandatory vaccinations. Possibly, ID2020 chips from Microsoft and individual tracking, and abolition of cash (cuz it transmits viruses you know).

I did stock up on Green Tea extract, Quecertin and Emergen-C.

When I find I cannot affect the outcome of things, I have learned to pray. God has no limits, and I pray he will see us through this insanity.

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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #21 on: May 16, 2020, 11:21:14 AM »
My daughter got it. She works in an ER as nurse practitioner in KC area. Was tested positive, as was her husband later. They both recovered well at home with no medical treatment, although they said it was rough flu.

Looks like we will get to 100,000 deaths. But with a population of 330 million, that is a death rate of .03%. This shutdown is a political move to get ride of Trump, and to push a green agenda, along with mandatory vaccinations. Possibly, ID2020 chips from Microsoft and individual tracking, and abolition of cash (cuz it transmits viruses you know).

I did stock up on Green Tea extract, Quecertin and Emergen-C.

When I find I cannot affect the outcome of things, I have learned to pray. God has no limits, and I pray he will see us through this insanity.

Welcome to the Forum, Has Been.  Thank you for sharing about your daughter; I am glad all went well for them.

Thank you for reminding me about God - not that I had forgotten, exactly, but it warms my heart when I see other people bearing testimony of His power

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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #22 on: May 16, 2020, 05:03:58 PM »

When I find I cannot affect the outcome of things, I have learned to pray. God has no limits, and I pray he will see us through this insanity.

Yes, prayer works whether you are a believer or not. Pray.

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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #23 on: May 16, 2020, 11:58:00 PM »
My sister felt sick and told my mother she was going to get tested. I emailed her telling her the tests don’t work. She resented me telling her that. The next day she told my mother that she tested negative but they told her that the tests are not reliable. I emailed her again and I said I told you the tests are crap but she still resents me telling her anything.

My mother has been feeling depressed. She is 90 years old and has hardly left her house for two months. I told her some minister is not following the governor and is having church services, maybe we should go. She is afraid to catch the virus. I told her it is all overblown but she won’t listen either. I think if a person become depressed then that could effect their health too. I probably need to go over her house tomorrow and see how she is doing since she was depressed on Saturday. She just got another dog but it is not as friendly as her old dog was so she is dissatisfied about that too

If you are depressed then they have a pill for that too but I would tell them I don’t want your damn pills. I would take Saint Johns wort however, maybe I should get her some of that
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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #24 on: May 17, 2020, 07:45:17 AM »
I would take Saint Johns wort however, maybe I should get her some of that
Strange, most people try to get rid of warts.  ::)
...My mother has been feeling depressed. She is 90 years old and has hardly left her house for two months.  ...
I have to wonder how many people from nursing homes have just given up and died due to loneliness and depression. I'm sure that the number alone is depressing enough.

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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #25 on: May 30, 2020, 08:17:01 AM »
Does your mom do facetime or could she use a laptop to zoom call with friends/family? Sometimes that helps people. My parents are similar ages to your mom, but they are together, so it isn't quite as lonesome, I think. Frequent calls do help.

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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #26 on: June 24, 2020, 05:10:01 PM »
A former coworker died from Covid today while she was supposedly recuperating at home.  I'm guessing she had a few risk factors, but she definitely wasn't a little old lady in a nursing home.

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Re: Anyone have COVID-19?
« Reply #27 on: June 25, 2020, 07:12:53 AM »
Sorry, FL. Did you hear what was the cause (other than Covid)? Stroke, etc.?

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« Reply #28 on: June 29, 2020, 07:38:49 PM »
I found out today that she was likely infected by her young adult son who caught COVID it at his work in a correctional facility.  She had some gastrointestinal symptoms, primarily, and was never sick enough to go into the hospital.  Less that a week later she didn't wake up.  Sounds like a COVID-induced clot caused a massive stroke, heart attack, or pulmonary embolism. 

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