We keep hearing about deaths and worst case scenarios and many are understandably very frightened so I thought that it might help if those of us who get it explain what it's like.
DH and I have just had it. We both felt very tired and slept quite a lot. We also had achy long bones which was easily dealt with by paracetamol.
I had a fever for about 24 hours. I flipped between feeling very cold and very hot. I also developed the cough and chestiness. The cough started really suddenly and went just as quickly a few days later. I was a little breathless if I tried to do too much but it wasn't enough to stop me being able to talk. It was more like when you've walked too fast and it only lasted a few minutes if I rested. I had a pain in my chest for about 24 hours. Again not bad or frightening...more annoying. I started on Saturday and today, Wednesday, it's gone completely although we're still quarantined until Friday. I don't have any major health issues apart from obesity.
DH has major issues. He has diabetes, thyroid problems and only one lung that works properly so we were really worried when he also developed the symptoms. His were different to mine in that the virus seemed to attack his throat more than his chest. He had a mild fever and sore throat which he controlled with an anaesthetic throat spray. He still has the sort throat but it's improving.
I'm not suggesting that people don't quarantine or continue lockdown. I'm simply hoping to allay some fears about this new and therefore unknown illness by showing that, even if you have underlying conditions, it's not necessarily going to put you in hospital or worse.
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