As the Covid-19 virus ravages the U.S. and the rest of the world, it’s now spreading to the rural regions of America. I routinely check the local health department website for updates and learned about the first case near us a couple of weeks ago.
I also got sick a couple of weeks ago.
I don’t know if it was Coronavirus but I had a lot of symptoms that match. I had some intestinal issues starting a couple of days after the first reported case in our county. I didn’t think a thing of it until I woke up with a headache and difficulty breathing the next morning. I noticed my eyes were watering and thought that was really odd.
I didn’t feel too well in general and spent the whole day and part of the next in bed. I wondered if I had caught the virus and I called my doctor to ask what to do. They told me there was a testing station behind the hospital in the parking lot and told me to go there if I felt the need or if my symptoms worsened.
For two days I monitored myself and constantly debated whether or not to go. I didn’t want to wait too long if there was a chance things would get worse but I also didn’t want to go and be whisked into quarantine at a hospital if I tested positive. I was afraid, I guess.
Staying home and keeping myself isolated seemed like a reasonable option as I could stay away from other people in the comfort of my own home. I was ready to go in if necessary though.
I’d read that coconut oil might be effective against coronavirus so I was using it liberally. It’s natural, harmless, and even healthy so I thought “why not”? I melted it in my coffee and used it in place of cooking oil. I wonder if it helped if I had covid.
I also drank mullein tea for my lungs. I was glad I’d harvested some the previous summer.
I stayed home for the duration and recovered but now I’m wishing I’d gone in to be tested. That way I could stop worrying about catching the virus having known I’d already had it.
Could it have passed over our family harmlessly or are we still at risk of something potentially deadly? My husband and son had intestinal issues but seemed untouched otherwise.
It turns out that knowing how many people have had covid-19 and gotten better is potentially very useful. Generally, only people with symptoms go in to be tested so officials have no real idea of how much of the population currently has or has had it but have not been tested.
If they knew, perhaps some people could return to work plus officials would be better able to predict the course of the outbreak and the shape of the curve that is so often referred to in forecasts.
If I knew I could breath easier but I missed my chance.