So, I know that a number of you regular readers of the blog have gotten Covid-19. Some of you have mentioned it on the Open Forum. I’m curious (and I’m sure others will be), What were your Covid-19 symptoms and how was your recovery?
In other words, I would like to hear your stories about it. How it affected you. How long a recovery period. Maybe we can all get some Covid recovery tips out this…
Mrs.J and I have been fortunate not to have caught this virus (knock-on-wood). Many, many years ago we both had the flu. It was during the 2009–2010 pandemic of ‘swine flu’. It knocked us on our arss! I distinctly recall how quickly it became debilitating. The fever. Terrible body aches. Incapacitating. And the recovery took a long time. Was out of work for a week and a half, and didn’t feel ‘normal’ until about 3 or 4 weeks had passed.
Evidently the symptoms of Covid-19 are pretty similar to the flu. Though with some unique tell-tale signs, and of course the increased danger it presents for some people.
Most people will have mild symptoms and get better on their own. But some will have severe problems, such as trouble breathing. The odds of more serious symptoms are higher if you’re older or have another health condition like diabetes or heart disease.
A wide range of Covid-19 symptoms have been reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.
Covid-19 Symptoms May Include:
- Fever or chills
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Feeling very tired
- Loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible Covid-19 symptoms. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
Apparently the most commonly reported symptoms of Covid-19 are as follows:
- Fever (common)
- Cough (common – usually dry)
- Headache (sometimes)
- Sore Throat (sometimes)
- Fatigue (sometimes)
- Aches and Pains (sometimes)
- Shortness of breath (sometimes)
I found this to be interesting… A study from the University of Southern California was able to determine that COVID-19 symptoms often start in a certain order:
- Cough and Muscle Pain
- Nausea or Vomiting
Whereas, “The study found that patients with seasonal flu more commonly developed a cough before the onset of fever.” According to the study, while influenza typically begins with a cough, the first symptom of COVID-19 is fever.
Another interesting apparent factoid… Covid-19 symptoms rarely include a runny nose.
Okay, lets hear your stories about Covid-19 if you’ve gotten the virus… What were your symptoms and recovery?