My Experience of Having Covid-19
I consider myself to be a healthy 35-year-old man. Sure, I could lose a few pounds, but I’m fairly active — lots of walking and I even cycle to and from work. As such, I was not particularly worried about catching Coronavirus. I was more worried about my mum who suffers with diabetes and my stepson who has just half his heart. I figured that if I caught it, the virus would present as nothing more than a slight cold, or maybe I would have no symptoms whatsoever. I was wrong.
My colleagues at work were the first to test positive, within days our small part of the college was forced to close and all of us were self-isolating. At first one staff member tested positive, and another followed two days later. Soon, we all tested positive. I did not have to do a test, but I had felt some aching in my joints and a slight, but noticeable, headache which began around November 26th. I ordered a home test and sure enough, two days later, I tested positive for this horrible virus. And the symptoms just kept coming thereafter.
A day after testing positive, my sense of smell abandoned me and just 24 hours later, my sense of taste went the same way. My joints were still aching, and I could not shift the now-constant headache. Painkillers were barely taking the edge off. Losing my senses was actually worse in some ways. No longer being able to enjoy food really sucked! Food is one of my favourite things. I then noticed trouble with breathing and the headaches seemed to increase in severity.
Of course, these are small issues, especially when compared to the loss of life for millions around the world. The death toll is frightening and shows no signs of letting up in the near future. We can only hope that the vaccines do their job and can save people’s lives.
In my household, my partner Sam, also tested positive. As did her daughter, Sophie. Sam showed only mild symptoms — although she too is still experiencing shortness of breath at times. Sophie, 10, was ill for a few days where she was vomiting and felt dizzy, but it passed and has left no ill effects. One of her two brothers also vomited but was not tested, so we cannot know if he had it or not. Fortunately, George — with his heart condition was the only one who came into contact with us and not show any symptoms at all. For this, we are grateful.
Since contracting the virus, my colleagues have made full recoveries. Fortunately my loss of taste/smell only lasted a week, but the other symptoms still remain now. despite this, we were all at college for the last week of term before Christmas, although I was not well enough to be at work — I figured I could handle five days of fun with Christmas games, quizzes and movies!
Christmas at home was very different this year, not simply because it was our first as a new family unit, but because the virus meant we were cut off from everyone and I was feeling the effects of it. We can only hope that this year will bring a better Christmas period.
I am now, however, off work again — still experiencing the shortness of breath and back/joint pains. I find even simple tasks difficult, such as climbing the stairs, or doing the washing up. Sometimes it can be really tough to catch my breath, which can be worrying for myself and those around me. I don’t know how long it will take for me to recover fully, there are mixed reports, and it seems to be different for everyone.
One thing is clear from my experience, this virus is very dangerous, and the new national UK lockdown is very necessary and arguably should have been in place since Boxing Day. It can affect anyone and can be deadly. Please stay safe, protect yourself and others, and may we all get through this together — but apart.