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Any other (not usually paranoid) people out there who think they might have the virus?

SouthernHopeSouthernHope 2118 replies216 threads Senior Member
I'm that person who lives on your block who never gets sick. But I've been feeling...odd....over the past 6 hours and I don't want to tell anyone that i know IRL because everyone will jump to conclusions. The only symptoms so far have been digestive disorders and an overall dizziness.....no fever, no cough. I'm not in a super-high risk area (i.e. NYC) but I also live in a big city. Of course I've been googling it....some new research out of China is showing that digestive disorders can be one of the *first* symptoms....I"m really just looking for perspective here....I'm not looking for medical advice....i just wanted to talk about it with anonymous people for awhile.

(Yes, I'm staying indoors...and working from home....but I've been takings miles-long walks and I've also grocery-shopped, etc)
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  • Mwfan1921Mwfan1921 4870 replies86 threads Senior Member
    edited March 22
    I'm sorry you aren't feeling well, given the circumstances it makes total sense one would consider they could have covid-19.

    Hopefully you can rest while you continue to monitor your symptoms. I hope it's nothing, maybe even just stress. Take care and keep us updated.
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  • TheBigChefTheBigChef 710 replies6 threads Member
    No OP, you’re not the only one. The first thing I do every morning is take my temperature. A couple of days ago DW had a low grade fever and was in tears. Fortunately it went away. Today I’m feeling a little achy and tired, probably because we took a long walk yesterday - but still, in the back of my mind ....
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  • MomofJandLMomofJandL 1980 replies41 threads Senior Member
    You are far from alone. In order to get tested, most people have to convince someone in authority that
    1) They have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, and
    2) They are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID 19.

    93% or so of tests are negative.

    Many many people are experiencing illness and wondering.

    From a Health care/medical procedure standpoint, the doctors don't need to know whether you have COVID 19 or something else, they just have to manage the symptoms.

    From a Public Health standpoint, it matters what you have so you can be isolated if you have this specific virus.

    It's going to be tough going for a while, I hope you feel better soon.
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  • 4kids4us4kids4us 1050 replies4 threads Senior Member
    When this first came out, I thought back to the weird virus I had in mid-January that Dh had first. We both had headache, low grade fever and dry cough. The dry cough lasted for weeks. Not sure about Dh, but my low grade fever lasted two days. Dh travels quite a bit internationally so that also gave me pause, but the last trip he’d taken had been four weeks prior to both of us getting sick (we are both very healthy and rarely get sick, other than a random cold every couple of years).

    Dh had a quick trip to London less than two weeks ago, got home the day before the travel ban in Europe. He’s been in a self imposed home quarantine (meaning home with us, not alone). I’ve been feeling “off” for at least a week. Realistically, it’s probably a reaction to pollen, though I don’t typically have allergies. Just sort of achy eyes, and a mild sore throat. And while I don’t feel I have trouble breathing, I do feel a sort of heaviness. I don’t normally have anxiety, but my oldest is across the country in her off campus apartment, so not having her home is definitely weighing on me. I keep telling myself the heaviness of my chest is just from that uneasiness/stress. I did tell Dh this morning, just in case something were to suddenly happen, so that he is aware of how I’ve been feeling.

    I wouldn’t be able to get tested anyway, so I just try to keep myself occupied so my brain just wander down the path of worry.

    I hope you are feeling better soon.
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  • Nrdsb4Nrdsb4 17828 replies164 threads Senior Member
    edited March 22
    I had two really bad upper respiratory viruses, one in late Nov/early Dec, and another one late January. Both were really bad, but I didn't have fever or dry cough. I actually had a productive cough.

    Probably just really bad colds.

    It would be very unsettling to become ill right now. I don't remember which thread I read this on, but a physician said one of the top reasons that mandates hospitalization in these patients is severe dehydration, so anyone feeling bad needs to hydrate hydrate hydrate.
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  • MarilynMarilyn 4162 replies140 threads Senior Member
    edited March 22
    Oh sure, every cough, every sniffle, every headache, every sudden bathroom visit. I now have a very good idea of my normal temperature fluctuation throughout the day.

    My son in Seattle had a week long bout of the presumably flu in early February with a lingering cough. He was running a low fever for several days (and luckily was able to get a thermometer at that point). Doctor visit said flu but no test was done. So who knows.

    It would be interesting if they ever get to widespread antibody testing to learn who had it without knowing, but that’s a low priority.
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  • musicmom1215musicmom1215 2894 replies57 threads Senior Member
    I flew to Las Vegas on 2-29 and back on 3-3. Stayed and played at a casino. On 3-8, I started running a fever and developed a cough. The cough was worse when I lay down and felt like drainage that was trying to get in my lungs. I ran fever for about 4 days (up to 102.1) but, other than the cough, I felt fine. No headaches, no sore throat, no runny nose, no body aches. I was a little suspicious that I might have Covid-19, but at that time, the requirements for testing were that you had traveled internationally, which I hadn't.
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  • suteiki77suteiki77 974 replies3 threads Member
    I had the flu (but no flu test to confirm) starting the last day of February. If I got sick even a week and certainly by 2 weeks later, they would have wanted to test me. I do wonder if I was an early case for our state. My husband had a strange illness in early January with lots of dry coughing. Everyone got it at his work. About 2 weeks later our son got the same thing. Bad dry cough, needed Tylenol, body aches, tired out. What I had was similar. I am the only one of the three who didn't take Tylenol before realizing I had a fever. I had a headache, too. We will never know if we had it or not.

    I find it strange to hear of this new data from China saying GI issues are often the first sign as I had read data before that saying GI issues were almost never part of the symptoms. I hope you are just run down or fighting of the flu or something and will be fine.
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  • doschicosdoschicos 26281 replies265 threads Senior Member
    MomofJandL wrote: »
    You are far from alone. In order to get tested, most people have to convince someone in authority that
    1) They have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, and
    2) They are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID 19.


    In my state now, they've shifted to testing 1) health care workers and 2) those needing hospitalization, which means there will be little idea of how widespread this is. WHO recommends widespread testing and I certainly wished our country was able to do that like some other countries have been doing.


    Stress and anxiety can reduce one's immunity. Follow the suggested guidelines to reduce your risk and the risk for others - isolate yourself unless you absolutely need to go out for necessities or because you are an essential worker. If you do that, not only do you decrease your risk, you can sleep better knowing that you've greatly minimized your chances of getting sick.

    Hang in there everyone!
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  • sdl0625sdl0625 912 replies13 threads Member
    Is there an pollen issue where you live. ? I have been paranoid I have had it since I took a 24 hour trip to Seattle in late Febuary. Came back and for two weeks had a slight headache and sore throat which started a week after I returned. No Fever ever. Even went to the Dr and they did a chest Xray that was clear, and could not have me tested because I had no fever. My husband says that I likely did not have it, as he has felt fine being around me all this time.

    One day when things simmer down and we have an antibody test to see if you have had this, I will hope to take it. I do wonder if I had a mild version. My kids are home and so far also so good, but we are in state with really bad pollen.
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  • CTmom2018CTmom2018 817 replies11 threads Member
    The CDC has a Coronavirus self-checker now-- see this page:

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/index.html

    The bot "Clara" guides you through questions to help you decide what course of action to take if you have symptoms.
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  • CTmom2018CTmom2018 817 replies11 threads Member
    Also, everyone's temperature varies throughout the day. It tends to be lower in the morning and higher in the late afternoon and evening.

    One may have a normal temp in the morning but a fever (defined as 100º F or higher) in the late afternoon/evening.
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  • momo2x2018momo2x2018 1042 replies60 threads Senior Member
    MomofJandL wrote: »
    You are far from alone. In order to get tested, most people have to convince someone in authority that
    1) They have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, and
    2) They are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID 19.

    It seems that any (minor) celebrity and his dog can get a test, anybody else needs to wait...

    @SouthernHope I hope you feel better soon; just monitor yourself, rest and hydrate.
    Keep us posted xo

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  • HeartofDixieHeartofDixie 289 replies9 threads Junior Member
    I have been sick since Monday night and I have to admit that those thoughts have crossed my mind several times. It's more likely something else, but with all of the attention to this virus it's hard not to think about it. I have had headache, sore throat, cough, earache at times, some aches, extreme fatigue, slight fever at times, and some tightness in my chest at times. To compound it, I have a tooth that needs a root canal and the gums around it started swelling and producing some pain. The dentist called me in a prescription for antibiotics so that is getting better at least. I really hope this passes soon. At least I'm not tempted to go out in public more than necessary since I don't really feel like getting out of bed, plus I haven't eaten as much as normal.
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  • collage1collage1 2014 replies75 threads Senior Member
    About 5 days ago, my chest began to hurt or, better put, I felt pressure. Kind of like if you were lying down and someone put their foot on your chest and pressed down but very lightly. I also had a dry cough. While I don't remember the chest part happening previously, I did wonder if it could be seasonal allergies. I emailed my doctor, mentioning the allergy possibility, and she suggested I start taking claritin which I've taken for 3 days now. My symptoms are lighter than they were.

    I do hope there's an opportunity down the road to find out if you had Covid-19. With the reports of people having it but being asymptomatic or having minor symptoms, I'm guessing many of us would show that we did, in fact, have it.
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  • kjofkwkjofkw 857 replies95 threads Member
    There are going to be a lot of sick people from stress! I've always been told stress can lower your immune system (anecdotal -- I'm not in the medical field). Please try to do whatever you can to release the stress. I know "easier said than done". I go through waves of almost panic, to optimism, so guilty myself. At least know the numbers are on your side, even if you do catch the virus.
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  • SCgirl1SCgirl1 31 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @SouthernHope
    First I’m sorry. Second I saw what I think is an excellent article on CNN website on Friday 3/20 that was entitled Coronavirus Symptoms - a List and when to seek help. To me it was complete and straight forward. I hope it might provide you some guidance and hopefully reassurance. This is an awfully strange and hard time. Take care
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  • dadof4kidsdadof4kids 869 replies80 threads Member
    I’ve been worried about a sore throats this week but it never got bad and no other symptoms. I’m assuming it’s nothing but still keeping away from anyone vulnerable.

    I had all the symptoms the end of Jan/start of Feb. About one bad week then a few more getting rid of the cough. Tested negative for flu. Was in an international airport 5-6 days before. I really hope I had it then, although unlikely. I think a few days later it would have been a big deal but it wasn’t then.
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  • katliamomkatliamom 13811 replies170 threads Student Voice
    edited March 22
    My husband is a bit concerned. His lungs feel "weird" No fever or other symptoms though. The good news is that he's in superb physical shape (up to recently a competitive squash player.) The bad news is that he's 65 and has always been susceptible to winter-long coughing. We live in a very dry climate, he also blames decades of playing tennis in smoggy 60s and 70s Southern California for weakening his lungs.

    So - either this is his usual... or a bug of some sort... or the virus. Psychosomatic is also a possibility, lol.
    edited March 22
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