Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. COVID-19: Quarantined

 

The past several weeks has seemed a bit unreal as other parts of the world have been subsumed by Covid-19. Stories of overwhelmed hospitals coupled with social media reports of people who got it and didn’t even realize they had it until the symptoms had passed. After all that time, reality came home.

My wife and I watched the news as the Mayor of Charleston announced he would be proposing to the city council a citywide ordinance for people to stay in their homes for two weeks as the current growth stage of the virus began to run itself up the curve in South Carolina. We knew that the odds of it not passing was slim to none but fortunately had already been well-stocked with food for hurricanes and the like. Earlier that same day we’d gotten bad news. My line of work is small business I.T. The countdown until we were all stuck in our homes was obvious more than week ago so our clients started getting ready to work from home. One such client had an employee that had a personal computer that needed to be fixed before she could use it for work and for her kids to use it for school. After working on it over a weekend and returning it to her we found that she couldn’t get it to work with a monitor she’d bought just for the occasion. I’d told her I’d meet her the next day at her job so I could test it out and figure out what was wrong. After speaking with her Monday evening to schedule that I got a text the next day saying she’d called in sick and that I didn’t have to come. Turns out she had flu-like symptoms without congestion in her nose, a bad sign. Could I now have the virus? How long was I with her when I dropped it off? Did I touch my face? Did I wash my hands? What do I do now?

As it turns out, none of that really mattered. I’d likely already been exposed, and so had my wife. She had been experiencing a dry cough that she thought was allergies, it’s nearly spring in Charleston, after all, half the air is pollen at this point. This morning, Wednesday, we both had a cough and a slight weight on our chests when we took a breath, and while she ran a low fever I was running under the norm 98.6 and was feeling a little lightheaded. The more we talked the more we figured we should reach out to our medical network over the internet to see what they thought. A few minutes on an internet video chat with a doctor and we heard the words we were worried about. “Ma’am, with your symptoms we think you should be tested for covid-19.” I would have to make my own video call, but it probably wouldn’t matter at this point.

Like something out of a movie, the doctor described what she needed my wife to do. Wash up and head to an address on Rivers Ave, not the hospital. She wanted us to know that the people she would meet would be in full hazmat-like suits. Don’t get out of your car, follow their instructions, do not stop anywhere else to or from the location. Most importantly, from this point forward, no one is to leave your house for a week or until the results come in. Not to the pharmacy, not to the grocery store, nowhere. You are quarantined. We knew beforehand that was how it worked, but we also weren’t sure if what we were worried about was just in our heads or not. We also knew that tests were scarce and were pretty sure they were only testing people they really thought had the virus, and now my wife was going to be tested. Since we have three children she had to go on her own. After she left I took another call from a client who was in a panic about their computer and I found myself scrambling for the “customer service” attitude that I turn on when I take such calls. I struggled not to say, “Your laptop won’t connect to your Wi-Fi? Wow, that’s terrible, my wife just left to go get tested for covid while I sit at home coughing watching my kids entertain themselves. I hope you survive this…” Fortunately, I found my inner professional and took care of my client. Paychecks are even more important now.

My wife and I are young, nearing our forties and if we truly have covid-19 we’ll likely be fine, so long as we don’t get something else along with it. At the same time, it’s surreal. We are now likely part of the pandemic, a statistic. We can’t leave our home for the fear that if we have it we might infect someone who could potentially die from it. We’re well-stocked now but if it turns out we’re infected we’ll have to depend on other people at some point to bring us some of the staples as we run out of them. I’d never really thought that I’d find myself sitting in my house under quarantine. My wife and I are not scared, but we are worried. The virus runs the gamut on severity, and while it tends not to infect children we know it still can. Knowing all of that, all we can do…is wait.

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  1. GFHandle Member

    A friend of mine’s son in law worked with someone who tested positive. The son in law then developed symptoms but for some time could not get tested because he did not meet all the criteria. Instead, they tested for flu, etc. Finally, he met the criteria and was tested. A week went by. Last Monday they got the results. No sign of corona virus. I hope you get the same good news and don’t have to wait so long for it. I can’t imagine the anxiety of not knowing.

    Since this is Ricochet, I will say my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

     

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    • March 25, 2020, at 5:30 PM PDT
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  2. Snirtler Member

    You, your wife, and family won’t be mere statistics. As Jim wrote on the prayer thread, many of us will be praying for your health, healing, protection, and provision.

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    • March 25, 2020, at 5:31 PM PDT
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  3. Dave of Barsham Member
    Dave of Barsham

    GFHandle (View Comment):

    A friend of mine’s son in law worked with someone who tested positive. The son in law then developed symptoms but for some time could not get tested because he did not meet all the criteria. Instead, they tested for flu, etc. Finally, he met the criteria and was tested. A week went by. Last Monday they got the results. No sign of corona virus. I hope you get the same good news and don’t have to wait so long for it. I can’t imagine the anxiety of not knowing.

    Since this is Ricochet, I will say my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

     

    Thanks so much. She’s tested negative for the Flu already too, my hope is that she tests the same for corona.

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    • March 25, 2020, at 5:32 PM PDT
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  4. Dave of Barsham Member
    Dave of Barsham

    Snirtler (View Comment):

    You, your wife, and family won’t be mere statistics. As Jim wrote on the prayer thread, many of us will be praying for your health, healing, protection, and provision.

    Thank you, we have faith we’ll make it. I just had to stop my youngest from giving me a hug a few minutes ago, that on the other hand, might kill me if I have to do it too many times.

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    • March 25, 2020, at 5:34 PM PDT
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  5. PHCheese Member

    Dave if there is anything you need let me know we are here in Mt.Pleasant. I can drop it on your poach.

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    • March 25, 2020, at 5:44 PM PDT
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  6. JustmeinAZ Member

    Don’t forget – there’s lots of stuff you can order from Walmart and Amazon!

    Good luck!

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    • March 25, 2020, at 5:52 PM PDT
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  7. Dave of Barsham Member
    Dave of Barsham

    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):

    Don’t forget – there’s lots of stuff you can order from Walmart and Amazon!

    Good luck!

    And Publix! Though there are limits, and they’re a day out on delivery now. Fortunately we have friends in town that can get us stuff if we need it, like @phcheese!

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    • March 25, 2020, at 5:54 PM PDT
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  8. Laptop Member
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    @Dave of Barsham

    Sending best wishes for your wife and family! Hoping the news is good.

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    • March 25, 2020, at 6:46 PM PDT
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  9. Matt Bartle Member
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    Keep us posted.

    • #9
    • March 25, 2020, at 7:11 PM PDT
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  10. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    Best wishes for you and your family. And do keep us posted.

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    • March 25, 2020, at 7:28 PM PDT
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  11. ShaunaHunt Coolidge

    Praying for you and your family.

    • #11
    • March 25, 2020, at 11:20 PM PDT
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  12. Jim Chase Member
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    Keep your spirits up as best you can, Dave, and we’ll all continue to pray for a speedy recovery, regardless of the diagnosis. May those next hugs with your family be extra precious, and may they come soon! Thanks for sharing, and get well soon.

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    • March 26, 2020, at 6:11 AM PDT
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  13. Bob Armstrong Thatcher

    I’m here in Charleston as well, if you guys need anything!

    • #13
    • March 26, 2020, at 7:03 AM PDT
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  14. Tedley Member

    I’m in Japan and cannot help any other way than to send my prayers. 

    • #14
    • March 26, 2020, at 8:12 AM PDT
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  15. Dave of Barsham Member
    Dave of Barsham

    Bob Armstrong (View Comment):

    I’m here in Charleston as well, if you guys need anything!

    Thanks Bob!

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    • March 26, 2020, at 9:00 AM PDT
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  16. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    I would suggest taking hydroxychloroquine until the test result is back but most pharmacies are back ordered. The testing needs to be faster and the results quicker but we are where we are.

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    • March 26, 2020, at 10:21 AM PDT
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  17. Steven Seward Member

    If it is any comfort, only 5% of people who have symptoms and are referred by a physician to be tested, turn out to be positive. I think it is because of all the sensationalistic news that millions of people are worried that they may have it. Even if you do test positive, it is usually like a mild cold, and you can probably expect to spend an inconvenient week or two at home which is what millions of people are doing anyways.

    I still hope you come out negative and wish you all the best!

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    • March 26, 2020, at 10:39 AM PDT
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  18. Saint Augustine Member

    Tedley (View Comment):

    I’m in Japan and cannot help any other way than to send my prayers.

    We should start a group for Ricocheti in East Asia.

    In Hong Kong here. And that new guy is in South Korea.

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    • March 26, 2020, at 4:56 PM PDT
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  19. Saint Augustine Member

    Tedley (View Comment):

    I’m in Japan and cannot help any other way than to send my prayers. 

    I’m all for prayer! But, actually, I think anyone who uses his/her time productively is helping.

    For those of us with jobs and not under any quarantine, doing our own jobs helps to keep the world functioning.

    For everyone else, making something we can make–masks, cookies, YouTube content–is good. Doing useful things is useful–declutter your attic, declutter your inbox, mow your lawn, mow your neighbor’s lawn.

    Quarantinees can self-improve. Read Sowell’s Basic Economics. Learn some philosophy on YouTube. Exercise. Have a sound mind in a sound body for when you can get back to the office.

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    • March 26, 2020, at 5:05 PM PDT
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  20. KitJ Coolidge

    Adding you and your wife to my prayers. This pandemic sucks.

    • #20
    • March 27, 2020, at 12:44 AM PDT
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  21. Roderic Coolidge

    God be with you. We are praying for you and all who have this disease.

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    • March 27, 2020, at 11:19 AM PDT
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  22. DrewInWisconsin Doesn't C… Coolidge

    Dave, any updates?!

     

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    • March 30, 2020, at 3:28 PM PDT
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  23. Dave of Barsham Member
    Dave of Barsham

    Yes, actually. Thanks for the reminder. Late yesterday we got word that the test was in, no covid-19! The flip side of that is that we were warned to be careful because that means we’ve got coughs due to something else, making us compromised should we actually get covid later. So we’re going to not venture out except for trips to the grocery store when we can’t get stuff delivered quickly enough. Thanks for the prayers and well wishes everybody!

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    • March 30, 2020, at 3:46 PM PDT
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  24. Jim Chase Member
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    Dave of Barsham (View Comment):

    Yes, actually. Thanks for the reminder. Late yesterday we got word that the test was in, no covid-19! The flip side of that is that we were warned to be careful because that means we’ve got coughs due to something else, making us compromised should we actually get covid later. So we’re going to not venture out except for trips to the grocery store when we can’t get stuff delivered quickly enough. Thanks for the prayers and well wishes everybody!

    Really glad to hear this! Continued prayers for quick recoveries for all.

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    • March 30, 2020, at 4:24 PM PDT
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  25. Steven Seward Member

    Congratulations, Dave!

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    • March 30, 2020, at 4:32 PM PDT
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