Coronavirus Firsthand

Back in July, I tested positive for COVID-19.

Typically when I tell people this, they have a list of questions that they want answers to. I want to emphasize that this is my personal account of the virus. I do not speak for other people who have had it, as the virus affects everyone differently.

How bad was it?

It wasn't as bad as I originally thought it was going to be. It wasn't fun but felt like I had a worse version of the flu.

Did you lose taste and smell?

I know a lot of the cases discussed said that they lost taste and smell. I did not and was able to enjoy all of the food I wanted.

Did you get a bad cough?

I was surprised that I didn't get any of the respiratory issues. I would cough a little if I talked too much but nothing serious.

How long did it last?

I was in my room for eight days. What we were told was that I had to be fever-free for three days until I could come out of quarantine. I was sick for five days.

What was the worst part?

THE FEVER AND HEADACHE! My fever got up to 103. The headache was one where you could feel your heartbeat in your head. I couldn't walk around without getting lightheaded and dizzy.

What were your core symptoms?

I had a high fever, body aches, headache, dizziness, chills and drowsiness. It wasn't fun.

Did anyone else get it in your family?

We were pleasantly surprised when no one else got it. I have a three-month-old niece and had been at her house the morning I started showing symptoms. As soon as I got my results, my entire family cleaned their house and quarantined.

What did you do in quarantine?

As I am in AP English, I worked on my summer assignment when I did not feel as bad. Other than that, my friends and family would call daily to check in on me. Also, I learned that Netflix and whatever other streaming services you have are your best friend. Get to know them well.

How long did it take to get your test results?

It took two days to get my result. I got tested at the Wilson County Fairgrounds in Lebanon. From what I have heard, it takes longer to get a negative result than a positive one. If you get tested, please quarantine until you get your test results back.

What safety measures were taken to prevent your family from getting it?

The minute I started to show symptoms, I quarantined myself in my room. I grabbed a glass of water, my phone, a charger and a thermometer. Once in my room, I texted my mom to let her know I wasn't feeling well and wanted to play it safe. Only my parents were allowed in my room; however, they wore a mask and washed their hands immediately after exiting. I also had to wear a mask when they were in the room or when walking across the hall to the bathroom. Everything in the bathroom that was touched from door handles to the soap dispenser was wiped down with Lysol each time I touched it. My mom put my dishes directly into the dishwasher, then washed her hands. After I was cleared, everything was cleaned, from my TV remote to my bedsheets to the inside (and out) of my car. My parents started their two weeks of quarantine the first day I was fever free, per protocol.

What do people need to do to prevent themselves from getting it?

WASH YOUR HANDS!!!!!!!!!! Please fall back on your mom's first lesson and wash your hands. When you leave a public place, put on hand sanitizer. If you have an autoimmune disorder, please wear a mask. If you start to feel sick at all, STAY HOME! Do your part to slow the spread. Cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze. Practice basic hygiene and respect for others. We can all do our part to slow the spread.

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