April 2020 - I Had Coronavirus.
quite a variation within the severity of the
symptoms of coronvirus, with some people
effected more so than others, so I thought I'd
write down how it effected me. I was one of
those lucky enough to have the very mildest
of symptoms so for me if felt no more than a
severe cold. In fact if I never heard of the
coronavirus I would have likely passed it off
as just that.
Tuesday 24th March, two days before my
birthday I may add, I felt fine and it was
just a normal day. At 2 PM however I let out
a sudden cough. It felt odd, far heavier than
normal, throbbing my chest in the process. I
still passed it off as nothing but a normal
cough but it continued throughout the day
throbbing and hurting my chest in the process.
When I say throughout the day I don't mean
constant I mean more like one cough per hour
or so. The cough would shoot out unexpected
giving me no time to prepare with an intake
of breath, before trying to let out another.
I was often trying to cough with empty lungs
causing my chest to throb further.
had a sore throat and catarrh but I think it
was down to the caught itself causing my
throat to become irritated rather than the
irritation causing the cough. It was very
much a lung cough rather than a throat cough.
until the next day that I realised this wasn't
a normal cold and likely the coronavirus. I'm
very much a recluse at the best of times,
only going out when necessary, so it was a
surprise to catch it.
expecting to get a fever too as coughing and
fever are the usual symptoms mentioned but as
far as I know I never became sweaty. I never
felt overly hot or cold at all. I had read
that fever is something that if you have you
are certain you have it, yet on TV people
were having their temperature taken on their
foreheads on their way to work which appeared
rather odd to me.
have a continuous headache however, not a
strong one, but the kind of headache where I
felt the urge to simply lay down watching TV.
back I also realise I didn't have my normal
appetite. I'd eat a proper normal sized
dinner each day but nothing else.
noticed that I was coughing far less if I
laid down, which is the exact opposite to how
I'm like with a usual cough. I'd lay as often
as I could, putting my mouth under the sheets
at times to repress my urge to cough. I slept
a lot. I'd sleep all night, get up early,
then lay on the sofa sleeping again. My
intention was to sleep the illness away
allowing my immunity to do all the work.
I read online to only call 111 (not 999) if
you're venerable or if the symptoms persist
for over a week.
until the weekend for the cough to fade into
just a slight cough which still persists (3rd
April) but no more than a few painless coughs
per day or so. I don't have a sore throat
anymore or headaches.
I took a
number of paracetamol throughout the day
which I discovered contained caffeine. That,
combined with the fact that I had slept so
much meant I suddenly couldn't sleep for
about two days putting my entire routine out
of whack. Also spending so much time in bed
has given me throbbing back pains but these
too are easing off.
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