Two and a half years after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have now contracted the disease. I’ve believed for nearly the entire time as more became known about the disease, that it would become endemic rather than pandemic, and that sooner or later, everyone would catch it. I guess my time is now.
Far be it for me to pretend I’m a scientist knowledgeable about these things, but evidence I’ve read indicates that the “common cold” is a form of coronavirus, and that the SARS-CoV 2 strain was known to scientists some eight years before the recent pandemic (see link, above).
Perhaps I’m just lucky, of maybe the two vaccines and one booster have reduced the impact, but the fact remains that I, and everyone else, am not immune. In a change of process then, I am going to use this post as a daily journal to track the progress of my journey with COVID-19.
Monday, September 26, 2022 was the morning I woke up to a slight cough and a bit of a scratchy throat. As the beginning of a week I was to conduct training, I felt good enough to continue (I do this remotely from home) and vowed to keep my finger close to the mute button should I feel a cough coming on.
Tuesday, the sniffles began to be felt. I opened a box of tissues to keep on my desk. They, and the mute button kept me from being too disruptive to my students. After the day was done, I ordered a jar of Vicks VapoRub. I’ve used this product in the past, but since its main efficacy is gained through the camphor vapors it emits, have eschewed its use when in public. I’m now working (and isolating) at home, so I have no care about wafting airs. While waiting for the order to be filled, I decided to give myself an in-home Rapid Antigen Test, which then gave me a positive result. I went to the drive-through at the pharmacy to pick up my potion so as to eliminate the possibility of person-to-person contact. Body aches began to develop and became more frequent.
Now it’s Wednesday morning. I woke up early, likely due to the body aches, but with still a cough and sniffles, but not feeling any worse than I did the day before. So, since I don’t want to make multiple posts on this topic, this will be my journal, and I’ll update it every day to track the progress of what for currently feels just like another “common cold.”
Thursday has come and gone, and several times I thought my condition had actually improved! All of my symptoms seem to have abated a bit. I spent the day conducting training, but found I did not have to hit the ‘mute’ button as often, and the Vicks helped keep my cough under control.
I slept well and woke up Friday thinking that I felt quite a bit better. Still congested, with a cough and some aches, but perhaps the overnight rest brought with it some clearing of the affects. Nothing so far has convinced me that I have anything other than a seasonal transition cold. Still, I’m being cautious and staying out of public.
There were several times during the day when I thought to myself that I was actually feeling much better! It’s now evening, the training week is over, and the rain from Hurricane Ian is moving in. Two days ago I would have welcomed the opportunity to stay in all weekend, but now I’ve gotten more energy and less sniffling and coughing, and I’m afraid I’ll grow restless. Since I’m wanting to do the right thing, self-quarantine is putting me away from contact. I did find a potential temporary solution: I went through the drive-in window at Popeye’s this evening. That’s about as non-contact as it gets!