Unlike a lot of people on here, I have actually tested positive for Covid-19.
I was most likely exposed on March 3rd, became ill about a week later, and just received my official test results today, March 17th.
Coronavirus feels like the most devastating flu I have ever had. Intense bouts of fever, alternating with the kind of chills that, even with three sweaters on, make your teeth chatter uncontrollably.
I’m “lucky”, relatively speaking, because my temperature never went higher than 102 degrees Fahrenheit, but even then, it felt like my body was burning up. Plus, there is a general feeling in my head that I can only describe as “heavy” or “flu-ish” that makes every movement and activity feel like a massive chore.
A few days later, I developed a very annoying dry cough. But again, I am lucky because there have been no chest pains or breathing problems, which would be a reason to be hospitalized.
My appetite has been nearly nonexistent—I am normally a big eater, and it’s only been in the past couple days that I’ve been able to make myself eat anything. Even then, it feels very gross, and I can only consume very small amounts.
Image: What coronavirus looks like.
Fortunately, I’ve been able to manage my symptoms just by taking Tylenol, and my condition appears to be improving. The worst part, though, is being stuck at home but feeling too sick and exhausted to actually do anything except sit around and cough.
As I said, I’m one of the lucky ones: According to the doctors, I will most likely be fine in another week.
But trust me, people: This virus is real. You do NOT want it. And you do not want to be the one who gave it to someone else. Chances are, many of you are carrying it already, even if you don’t have any symptoms.
I most likely had it for at least a week before ever feeling sick. Stay home, and wash your damn hands!
Image: Using a hand sanitizer at regular intervals can help prevent coronavirus infection.
EDIT: I’m sure a lot of people are wondering how I was able to get tested. I found out that one of the ushers at a Broadway show I had attended tested positive for the virus.
Because of this potentially direct exposure, combined with the fact that I had all the symptoms, and tested negative for ordinary flu, I was okayed for the Covid-19 test.
I don’t think this is right, but at least here in New York City, that is how they are doing it. Also: I am 47 years old, in decent physical shape with no preexisting health conditions.
Special gratitude to Leon Chase for sharing his story. You should know that infection with Covid-19 may present with different symptoms in many individuals.
As at the time of publishing this post, there are now 5 confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria.
1. Wash your hands regularly or use a hand sanitizer
2. Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
3. Call your clinic when manifesting flu-like symptoms. Stay home and do not try to visit the clinic. Also, stay away from large gatherings.