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Old 03-26-2020, 11:06 PM
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Just found out a friend from college has it. He went to a conference which was attended by a lot of people from Italy just before travel was shut down. He had a hard time but is recovering.
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A co-worker, approximately 45 years old was diagnosed and on a ventilator for a couple of days. Shes off it and doing better now.
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I have a group of women friends who've known each other for 40-ish years and get together monthly, more or less. The son-in-law of one of them has been diagnosed. He and wife (friend's daughter) live in a different city.
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Old 03-29-2020, 07:11 PM
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Up to seven family members of friends now. Two hospitalized, three in home quarantine. The other two dead. They're not allowing funerals or wakes. Direct cremation without family present only.
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A second cousin of mine who is part of the US diplomatic mission in Beijing. Not sure of his condition, but hes late 30s, athletic, with no underlying conditions that Im aware of.
He seems to be over it.
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As I mentioned in another thread, I have just learned that my cousin in Spain, along with his wife and daughter, have all caught it. My cousin and his wife are in the mid-40s, their daughter is a teenager. My cousin and the daughter are going to get out of it OK, but right now the wife is touch-and-go
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Old 03-31-2020, 05:43 PM
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A friend who is a home health nurse just tested positive. My sister and BIL are in the same situation and location as NWHs cousins kids; they had an appointment with their doc via telehealth who told them they likely have it but he cant get them tested because of the lockdown and the lack of tests. My BIL is in multiple high-risk categories so my sister is watching him closely.

My husband was likely exposed; hes felt poorly the last few days, as have I, but theres no way wed be able to get a test unless we were hospitalized. So were playing a waiting game at the moment and comparing symptoms with sis and BIL.

I also have a former coworker who is on Day 20 of what shes pretty sure is COVID, but again no test is available for her.
Update: Sister and BIL have mostly recovered. I was directed by our nurse line to go to the ER on 3/22 to have the test, but when I got there they informed me testing was only for first responders/medical staff and folks who were hospitalized with severe symptoms. The ensuing days have been a roller coaster for both me and hubby; several days of awful, a day or two of approaching human, then more awful. I had a telehealth appointment with my cardiologist this morning who advised "aggressively hydrating," Tylenol, and continuing the quarantine. I've been utterly miserable and useless, but hubby has been teleworking the best he can.
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Friend in Berkeley CA had all the symptoms including loss of smell, but no fever, March 11. No test of course. Self quarantined and recovered after a week. Brother in law lost a high school friend, also in CA.
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I finally had a patient who actually tested positive ( most of the others are just presumed positive and can’t get tested). She is at extremely high risk but was only hospitalized for 4 days and seems to be getting better. Her last office visit was 3-4 weeks ago so she likely wasn’t infectious and we are past the high risk time limit.
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One of my teachers in high school has it. He has been to the hospital several times but is recovering at home now.
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Up to seven family members of friends now. Two hospitalized, three in home quarantine. The other two dead. They're not allowing funerals or wakes. Direct cremation without family present only.
WhyNot, I am so sorry for your loss. (And JoseB, I so hope that things turn out okay).
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Yup, my sister. She's at home recovering pretty well, and trying to isolate from her husband on opposite sides of the house.
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My cousin in Belgium. He recovered.
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Old 04-02-2020, 07:48 AM
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I got a call from my county health department yesterday (I'm also an employee of said county) notifying me that, on March 17, I was exposed someone who has since tested positive. Based on my activities that day, it had to be someone I work with or, at least, in the same small building.
I don't know how far back they went or how far along in the disease the infected person may have been at the time but I do know there were no known cases on March 17 in the county. I've haven't had the slightest bit ill and am now past the maximum "time to show symptoms", so I'm in the clear. Dodged a bullet, I guess. I've been off work and self isolating since March 20 but am still getting paid. Its like a boring vacation but I know that I'm more fortunate than many.
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You know, if ever there was a time when it would be nice to see people's locations (actual locations, not some coy line in that space that reveals nothing), it would now.
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Yes, but then They might find us.
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An elderly man who I used to babysit for, is in the hospital with COVID. I haven't seen him in many years, but my parents are still in touch with him, and he still attends the same church.

He smoked > 40 years, and only stopped after his heart attack 2 years ago.
And he's gone, 13 days after diagnosis. Not far from the Washington state hotspots.
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I just did one of these --> .

I was in California, specifically, LA, and more specifically, Legoland, in late December-early January. Returned Jan. 3. Which means I was in LAX on Jan. 3.

Have not left the state, or for that matter, Greater Indianapolis Area, since.

I heard about the coronavirus in China, the one that had not reached the US as soon as it was happening.

The first confirmed US case was Jan. 19, 2020, in Seattle, someone who had just returned from Wuhan.

Indiana's first confirmed case was March 6.

I did not realize until a few days ago that nausea and diarrhea could be a first-onset symptom

Sometime before the first Indiana case, but more than 2 weeks after I had been in LAX, I woke up with a migraine, which is really unusual for me-- I get them in the late afternoon. I was really nauseated, and threw up once, although it was just a sort of baby-puke kind of thing. Took sumatriptan, and it all went away. That evening, I had diarrhea. I have IBS, so nothing out of the ordinary about that, though. Took an immodium, and it went away.

Next day, nose was running, and I was coughing a little, but it was productive. I get seasonal allergies, and post-nasal drip that can cause a cough. Didn't think anything of it. Took a decongestant, and a Claritin, and it went away.

Was tired for a day, and slept more than usual. But had had a bad night of sleep when I woke up with the headache, and I get bad insomnia sometimes, so again, didn't think anything of it.

My neck was kinda stiff too, but I had a very bad case of whiplash last November, and I'd been trying to taper off my PT exercises. Started doing them again, and the pain went away.

Woke up three days after the headache incident, feeling clearer-headed than I had in a while-- didn't even realize I had been a little fuzzy until it was gone. Drank a strong cup of coffee, and have been feeling fine since.

Never took my temp, because these didn't seem like warning flags at the time.

Get a runny nose when I'm out in the cold, but I always get that, and some heavy throat-clearing goes with it, but no cough.

So, that could have been a mild case, I suppose. However, I don't know anyone who has been sick, either before or after. The only places I can really imagine being exposed was at LAX, or my synagogue, and if there were a case at shul, I'm pretty sure I would have heard.

I had this "thing" more than two weeks after being at LAX, though. The only way I can imagine being exposed at LAX would be if my son, who was there with me, was the one who actually caught it, and was TOTALLY asymptomatic, then passed it on to me. I could squeeze a month from the LAX time.

Part of the problem is, I don't remember when it actually happened. I'm sure it was before the first Indiana case, because after, I was paranoid about every cough and sniffle, and taking my temp all the time AFTER the first Indiana case, and I know I never took my temp during the "thing." It could have happened around Feb 3, but I think it was later, like Feb 27-March 3, or thereabouts.

So, what happened? Mild Covid-19, or series of coincidences?

I really don't know what to think.
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I do now. Former housemate of ours just posted his positive status.
His surviving family just posted his deceased status. So now someone I knew personally is dead from this
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My stepmother in NY has continued to improve slowly. The hospital is cautiously optimistic and is stopping the sedatives to see how she fares before attempting to extubate her. Fingers crossed!

Dad is still symptom-free and his quarantine ends tomorrow. He plans to celebrate by taking out the trash.
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My stepmother in NY has continued to improve slowly. The hospital is cautiously optimistic and is stopping the sedatives to see how she fares before attempting to extubate her. Fingers crossed!

Dad is still symptom-free and his quarantine ends tomorrow. He plans to celebrate by taking out the trash.
Glad for some positive news (even if cautious...).
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Another anecdote: In January my son got very sick with symptoms that now look a lot like Covid-19. He had a terrible cough, extreme joint aches, a high fever, etc. He was sick for over a week. At the same time I developed a cough that is still with me, and I feel constantly like there are butterflies in my chest. But no other symptoms.

I'm in Edmonton, and our first confirmed case came long after that, so he probably just had the flu. But on the other hand, there seem to be a lot of people saying they had a 'weird flu' with severe symptoms in December and January. So I have to wonder if possibly an earlier strain of this went through the population and it had milder symptoms and was just constantly misdiagnosed as flu.

I've read some speculation that this may explain the difference in fatality rates between the west coast and the east coast. There was a spike in 'flu' complaints on the west coast a few months back, and maybe that was actually coronavirus and many people picked up an immunity from the earlier strain?

Probably not. It was probably just the flu.
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BiL's family. Guy in his 80s. Was in ICU. Currently improved and recovering. Only sharing because it's a hopeful thing.
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I have a group of women friends who've known each other for 40-ish years and get together monthly, more or less. The son-in-law of one of them has been diagnosed. He and wife (friend's daughter) live in a different city.
The son-in-law is feeling better, but now the wife (friend's daughter) is feeling quite ill. She's at home.

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...But on the other hand, there seem to be a lot of people saying they had a 'weird flu' with severe symptoms in December and January. So I have to wonder if possibly an earlier strain of this went through the population and it had milder symptoms and was just constantly misdiagnosed as flu.

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Ditto this.

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I'm in Edmonton, and our first confirmed case came long after that, so he probably just had the flu. But on the other hand, there seem to be a lot of people saying they had a 'weird flu' with severe symptoms in December and January. So I have to wonder if possibly an earlier strain of this went through the population and it had milder symptoms and was just constantly misdiagnosed as flu.

I've read some speculation that this may explain the difference in fatality rates between the west coast and the east coast. There was a spike in 'flu' complaints on the west coast a few months back, and maybe that was actually coronavirus and many people picked up an immunity from the earlier strain?

Probably not. It was probably just the flu.
I’ve heard similar stories here in Regina, over Christmas and into January, especially with people saying it came back and they got sick again a few weeks later. Heard people say it was a really, really bad cold and surprising in how long it lingered.

Probably will never know, unless it shows up in blood tests.
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Ive heard similar stories here in Regina, over Christmas and into January, especially with people saying it came back and they got sick again a few weeks later. Heard people say it was a really, really bad cold and surprising in his long it lingered.

Probably will never know, unless it shows up in blood tests.
I asked the question a few weeks ago in GQ if it was possible that the virus was here at the end of last year. The consensus was no.
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A friend of my parents recently died of coronavirus. But he was 89 and in poor health.
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Update: Sister and BIL have mostly recovered. I was directed by our nurse line to go to the ER on 3/22 to have the test, but when I got there they informed me testing was only for first responders/medical staff and folks who were hospitalized with severe symptoms. The ensuing days have been a roller coaster for both me and hubby; several days of awful, a day or two of approaching human, then more awful. I had a telehealth appointment with my cardiologist this morning who advised "aggressively hydrating," Tylenol, and continuing the quarantine. I've been utterly miserable and useless, but hubby has been teleworking the best he can.
Fingers crossed for the both of you, my friend.

I have a friend of a friend who has tested positive. That's the closest connection that I'm aware of.

Just like many people have said, I had what I thought was a fairly serious cold in late January or early February. Feverish, achy, cough, a nose that alternated between runny and clogged. I always have digestive problems (doesn't matter what I eat; it's always runny, and fairly often a photo finish), so I just assumed that was me being normal. I suppose it could have been a mild case before the rest of the area had reported cases (I live in the Louisville, KY area). I have a job where I have to interact with a lot of people, many of them traveling.

I've been asymptomatic since then, but I may have danced with it. I doubt it. I'm not in any of the risk groups, and I rarely leave my house except for work.
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Not personally, but my boss' dad just died. Was on a cruise on the Nile.
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Friend of my parents had it, and is recovering. Everyone in his household was tested and his 91-year-old mother-in-law also has it. And she doesn't have a single symptom. Both Washington state.

So +2.

Wife of a contractor died on Sunday (Germany). Co-worker's former boss died this morning (Italy).

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Another coworker lost his father on Sunday. Heart attack. Normal life, or in this case death, continues.
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One of my best friends and on/off boyfriend from 6th grade through high school. He died a week ago. He was 41 years old. Leaving behind a wife and two boys.

He worked in DC, and commuted up and down 95 to Stafford. He had been experiencing significant cold symptoms, but refused to go to the doctor. He was in bed about a week, when his Mom and Wife threatened to call an ambulance. They took him to the ER. He was on a ventilator within 12 hours, and passed 4 days later.

He was relatively healthy, but had struggled with substance abuse since high school. He was also a regular smoker, until he switched to vaping a couple of years ago.

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Neighbor is a nurse working with covid patients.

She had 2 roommates but had them move out as a precaution.

Another neighbor, a nurse, will be working with them soon and if so, plans to move into a hotel for the duration so she cant infect her family.
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I now know 3 people diagnosed. One died (in the US), the other 2 recovered (here is Switzerland.) Both said it was the most terrible illness they have ever had and were completely miserable for 2 -3 weeks. One never went to hospital, one did, but only needed to stay overnight. She was seriously getting things in order in case she died. She was luckily at home with only one of her teenage daughters who was able to care for her, do the grocery shopping, etc. Her husband and other teenager are in the US; they were visiting and decided it was better to stay there rather than get on a flight back here.
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For me, the answer is no, although there have been only 3 confirmed cases in my metropolitan area of 400,000, and none of them were residents of the county in which they were diagnosed.

I actually wonder if I may have had it a few months ago. I had a "cold" that lasted a few days and wasn't very severe, and then it went away, and then it came back a couple days after that, which is apparently how this disease often operates. Other people have told similar stories, or had febrile illnesses with a negative influenza test.
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Ive heard similar stories here in Regina, over Christmas and into January, especially with people saying it came back and they got sick again a few weeks later. Heard people say it was a really, really bad cold and surprising in how long it lingered.

Probably will never know, unless it shows up in blood tests.
At some point, you may be able to be tested for antibodies against Covid-19 which would indicate whether you were infected and recovered or were asymptomatic.

Covid-19 is NOT a really bad cold. It's a respiratory viral infection , the predominant symptoms are fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath.

https://www.albertahealthservices.ca...9-flu-cold.pdf



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I asked the question a few weeks ago in GQ if it was possible that the virus was here at the end of last year. The consensus was no.
While December is unlikely, there is evidence the spread began in early January.


I was severely ill back in mid-January. I had a high fever, severe cough, no appetite, etc.. I slept for about 2 days before dragging myself to the emergency. Doctor says "It's a virus, most likely the flu", and then sent me home with a corticosteroid inhaler and bronchitis and would just have to suffer through it. I was off work for 2 weeks and it took longer to fully recover. I still haven't gained the 20 lbs. I lost back again.

Coincidence... probably, but it makes you wonder.
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My sister (positive Covid-19 test) is out of quarantine, no fever or other symptoms for 14 days. My BIL who was quarantined with her but just got his test back is negative. He almost wishes it was positive, then he'd be probably safe for the future. But they're both cautiously heading back to work (essential).
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As I mentioned in another thread, I have just learned that my cousin in Spain, along with his wife and daughter, have all caught it. My cousin and his wife are in the mid-40s, their daughter is a teenager. My cousin and the daughter are going to get out of it OK, but right now the wife is touch-and-go
Update about this: relatively goodish news. My cousin's wife is not declining anymore. She is still in the ICU, she is still intubated, but her situation has stabilized. We were expecting her to die at any moment, but it seems that she has rallied a bit.
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Essential workers. I myself have been deemed an essential worker. I even have a little note from my employer to present to the police if I ever get stopped and questioned about where I'm going. To my knowledge, that just doesn't happen, but abundance of caution and all that. Here's the thing ... I work in a warehouse. But we don't ship food, we ship apparel with individualized logos on them. Like parkas with Channel Six Action Weather on the chest, shit like that. I don't feel that essential. Further, how essential can I be when my hours have been knocked down to 20 hours a week - if I'm lucky - due to downturn in business?

Anyway ... I had been self quarantined for a week due to swollen glands and a difficulty swallowing, but those symptoms have gone and I don't believe I had any others - fever or chills or crazy body aches - so I feel a little silly having done that in the first place, especially since I had to burn through a good chunk of the pandemic pay we've been provided.



That all came off as a little stir-crazy venting, but I'll own that.
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Anyway ... I had been self quarantined for a week due to swollen glands and a difficulty swallowing, but those symptoms have gone and I don't believe I had any others - fever or chills or crazy body aches - so I feel a little silly having done that in the first place, especially since I had to burn through a good chunk of the pandemic pay we've been provided.



That all came off as a little stir-crazy venting, but I'll own that.
Don't feel silly about that. Self-quarantining was prudent, not self-indulgent. You didn't know whether you had it, and if you did you might have been contagious. When life and death is the issue, erring on the side of caution (which is not overreacting!) is the smart and kind thing to do.

Speaking of stir-crazy, I've been in the house for one month now, and I feel as if I've hit some kind of WALL. (No, not that Wall... ). Venting under these conditions is highly appropriate and to be expected. Carry on, and take care!
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Thank you for the soothing words. Sincerely.

It turns out though I'm not as essential as I thought. I was just informed that I'm going to be out on "extended lack of work" for at least 6 weeks. It's basically being furloughed, I suppose. Hello unemployment hell.
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Thank you for the soothing words. Sincerely.

It turns out though I'm not as essential as I thought. I was just informed that I'm going to be out on "extended lack of work" for at least 6 weeks. It's basically being furloughed, I suppose. Hello unemployment hell.
Well, damn.
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Not as soothing as before, I have to admit.
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I probably had it. I was sick from March 22nd to 27th. I spent the 22nd in bed with fevers, chills, intestinal upset, a cough and fatigue. My husband made me go into urgent care the next day to be seen. By then, I didn't have a fever all the time but I was still bone tired and coughing and I still had stomach problems. I also wasn't oxygenating well. I wasn't blue or anything but, sometimes, I'd see stars in my vision. The doctor said I most likely had it but they couldn't test me. They ordered me to stay home for 14 days and to go to the ER if my breathing got worse. Those were some of the longest days ever.
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My uncle just died of pneumonia. His test came back posthumously, he had covid. My aunt is sick, too. She's pretty old, her odds can't be great.
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My uncle just died of pneumonia. His test came back posthumously, he had covid. My aunt is sick, too. She's pretty old, her odds can't be great.
Oh, dear. I am so sorry to hear this. {{{Hugs}}}
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I'm so sorry.
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Maybe... My favourite cousin's husband is very ill with a respiratory condition. He also has a long term chronic condition requiring kidney dialysis. He is not expected to survive. He has tested negative for COVID19 but they are retesting. I am very worried for my cousin who lives a long way away.
Well he died. His second test was also negative but his doctor said his chronic illness, amyloidosis, could lead to false negatives. My cousin was ill for a fortnight with what appeared to be Covid19. She had a dry cough, sore throat, fever and lost her sense of smell and taste. She is now recovering.
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