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In case anyone’s curious about one COVID-19 experience: Two friends, my wife, and I went to London the second week of March on a long-planned vacation. Did the whole tourist thing, but tried to be safe by washing hands, Purelling, etc. We came home on separate flights on March 14. and immediately went into self-quarantine.
All four of us eventually got sick. Our medical friends in the group got tested. After a week, the results came pack COVID-positive. So we got tested – the mouth swab. I had a fever for 12 days (no fun, I can tell you, but it never got too high), felt cruddy, but I work from home and so was able to get most of my work done. Naps every day. Never had the breathing problems, thankfully.
One friend’s experience was much more serious — she has asthma, a pre-existing condition, and was knocked flat on her back for five days. Her husband’s experience was not quite so bad. My wife never had much of a fever, and never felt as bad, but hers seems to be stretching out — she still was tired yesterday, even though we’ve been back three weeks now. Three of us are cured now, and my wife is, almost.
Some logistical problems developed with our tests, so after 10 days (on a “two-day test”) with no results and lots of frustration, the testing place said, “We now have the 15-minute tests, let’s just re-run you.” So we finally tested, positive, yesterday.
I’ve been fever-free, feeling great for four days now, so I’m cured, immune, what have you. Because the situation is moving so fast, there are no exceptions for folks like me in the stay-home rules. I should be able to visit a lonely nursing home, etc., but there’s no provision for that. We want to donate plasma, but the Red Cross, in its caution, may want to wait until we’ve been asymptomatic 14 days. Fair enough.
And then there’s the matter of — how do I prove I’m free of the disease? The 15-minute finger-prick antibody test just shows that I have had the illness and have developed some level of antibodies to it. I might need a separate test (or even two) to demonstrate I’m really no longer a threat, and indeed can even be an asset.Published in