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Cough and cold symptoms..not been anywhere

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overthehill Tue 22-Dec-20 19:27:56

I have suffered for years with occasional cough. Especially if I went away to a different area. I am talking at least 40 years. I have had tests etc. nothing conclusive.

This is the point, yesterday I started to cough with this 'thing' which I've had many times before, but now there is a different dimension with covid. I don't, as usual, feel ill and I don't have a temperature. Normally I'd put up with it till it goes, but maybe I should have a test. I will tomorrow if I feel worse.

This is the thing, I haven't been anywhere other than the shops very occasionally wearing a mask, so where did I pick it up?

Assuming it isn't covid, I read someone's theory that you can have a susceptibility to something like this and your own body will make you sick without you coming into contact with external pathogens.

Food for thought

EllanVannin Tue 22-Dec-20 19:59:39

Yes, it was reported that someone who'd been shielding caught Covid. The person hadn't ventured out anywhere at all. I did wonder what the condition was that they had to shield so were obviously more susceptible to whatever was floating about.

FannyCornforth Tue 22-Dec-20 20:03:28

My husband caught Covid while shielding. He must have picked it up taking me to hospital. (While wearing a mask and sanitising constantly.)

FannyCornforth Tue 22-Dec-20 20:05:22

Overthehill your cough sounds to me like an allergy.

BlueSky Tue 22-Dec-20 20:16:13

If we can still catch viruses (colds, flu or Covid) even when being extremely careful, then it is very worrying indeed.

FannyCornforth Tue 22-Dec-20 20:20:08

BlueSky another poster on here mentioned that she'd heard that it was only possible to contract covid if you were within close contact with an infected person for 15 minutes.
I don't believe this at all.

BlueSky Tue 22-Dec-20 20:38:34

Yes Fanny that’s what they said before, now trying to explain the new more infectious strain, they say it could be much less than 15 minutes!

GagaJo Tue 22-Dec-20 21:15:24

Over the last couple of months, I have periodically had stuffy sinuses and a dry cough, once with a sore throat. Each time, I have panicked myself about it just for it to go away again. For me, I think it is a combination of dodgy sinuses, mask wearing and central heating. I try to drink more and keep the rooms I am in as ventilated as possible.

Dorsetcupcake61 Tue 22-Dec-20 22:57:26

I have experienced similar-very like GagaJo above. I was a bit alarmed everything is delivered and any visitors have been socially distanced .
Tbh I have 2 cats which I'm slightly allergic to. I certainly dont always drink as much as I should do and the heatings on! I've started to notice recently when I have seen someone even when socially distanced afterwards I have what feels like a slight sore throat! I'm pretty certain it's a combination of the above with a touch of paranoia, especially with all the talk of a new strain.
A lot of people are very dismissive of the fact the virus may be transmitted via surfaces. I think the odds are low.
However if it's that low why are people not allowed to try on clothes/use communal cutlery etc?
I know in 2 local care homes staff change into separate clothes on leaving and entering. Items bought into homes have to be isolated for 72 hours. Yes,they wont be taking risks but they are also working under guidelines by PHE.
At times it seems very contradictory some people become infected despite following guidelines and reducing risk as far as can. The guidelines for those shielding were incredibly restrictive.
Yet some people who are vulnerable seem to be quite cavalier and are so far fine! Maybe it's just luck,or bad luck. I have come across articles that some people are genetically more vulnerable whether they are clinically vulnerable or not.
Worrying 🙁

MayBee70 Tue 22-Dec-20 23:06:28

If you’re in an enclosed area and someone with the virus coughs or sneezes and they’re not wearing a mask you can still catch it from them even if you are metres away.

MayBee70 Tue 22-Dec-20 23:08:31

Of course a lot of viruses just lurk around in our bodies waiting for us to get a bit run down eg herpes. And the stress of all this makes things worse.

welbeck Tue 29-Dec-20 05:24:45

it's a matter of luck, or ill-luck, combined with exposure, i think. obviously there is not a boundary which is crossed after 15 minutes. it's just that most of the cases were contracted after 15 mins exposure. it's probability, not some kind of cut-off.
i guess psychologically people are trying to cling on to some idea of control, but there is a lot of muddled thinking, which is not helpful.+

Oopsadaisy1 Tue 29-Dec-20 07:39:34

Overthehill try a couple of Anti Histamine tablets, you might find it’s an allergy and taking one pill a day will sort you out.

Urmstongran Tue 29-Dec-20 08:32:12

My 88y old stepfather told me yesterday that a neighbour of his, early 80’s caught it 10 days ago and is now in ICU.

All his neighbours were shocked as the man in question had been super careful, always wore a mask, hardly ever went out except for his morning paper - and the newsagent said he wouldn’t enter the shop if there was even one customer inside already.

M0nica Tue 29-Dec-20 08:38:09

Not COVID, but DH is still in hospital, having picked up an infection while in the Critical Care Unit where he was being cared for immediately post-operatively.

If you are in anyway immune compromised you are susceptible to everything going that the immune systems of the fit and well swat like flies. Short of being in a Clean Room with filtered air, infections are everywhere.

mokryna Tue 29-Dec-20 21:03:10

When go into the spare bedrooms, I always wonder how the dust gets in.

hugshelp Tue 29-Dec-20 21:40:29

DH and I haven't been in a shop, any house except our own, on public transport, had any visitors, since before last march. We have been home and had the odd walk, and had the odd doorstep to our DD where we have always been outside and at least 4m apart. And yet we have both had runny noses and coughs on numerous occasions. Could well be allergies, but we do sometimes get a temp and achey as well. I have been this way for decades when mostly housebound. I'm convinced for some ppl viruses never really leave our systems. I have CFS and the decades of post viral fatigue must have some root cause.

Whingingmom Tue 29-Dec-20 21:52:31

Could be an allergy, or a common but often unrecognised/underdiagnosed cause can be silent reflux (ie you get no symptoms of dyspepsia or indigestion, just a cough).