Sarah has been sick for a week with what some describe as the Craven Crud … a common viral respiratory illness that started with a sore throat and morphed into other symptoms not quite cold, not quite flu, and not quite corona virus. She has been on bed rest the whole time and we finally went to the doctor on Monday. She got a steroid injection and antibiotics to combat her respiratory symptoms and keep it from developing into pneumonia, and cough syrup with codeine to deal with the pernicious cough.

Mark woke up this morning with a sore throat, so we kept him home to see where it goes and to keep him from infecting classmates, faculty, and staff.

As for myself, I wash my hands after every exchange with my wife and, now, my son. I sleep on the couch at the foot of our bed, and keep the area tidy of used tissues and dirty dishes. I’ve been spending my time keeping people and the dogs fed and cared for. I’ve stepped it up with laundry and other household cleaning. I took a couple of days off from work to keep up with the chores.

Something interesting we learned while my wife was with her doctor. They are not testing for corona virus in our area. The closest place they are doing that is in Raleigh. A well respected doctor we know recommends staying away from the doctor unless you have shortness of breath or other serious, acute symptoms. He said going to a doctor and spending time in a waiting room is not worth the risk of infecting others and with whatever it is that is plaguing you or yourself with whatever is plaguing others.

Meanwhile, treat for symptoms … Tylenol and Motrin (yes, you can take both simultaneously or serially) for fever and fever-like symptoms and pain, over-the-counter cough remedies and expectorants and, most importantly, stay in bed and away from other people. Don’t overdose on Tylenol … it may be an ingredient in other over-the-counter remedies. Read labels.

For everyone, wash your hands often and thoroughly. If you are sick, stay home if you can … don’t go to school, don’t go to work, don’t go to concerts, shopping centers, or malls.

That brings us to reality. Some people CAN’T miss school or work. Some people CAN’T afford to go to the doctor. For those, do your best. Avoid catching, avoid spreading.

Even if what you catch now is not corona virus, there is a nasty strain of flu going around and other nasty viruses. You need to avoid them or if you catch them, get well as quickly as possible. It is quite likely that you will catch corona virus sometime in the near future, and it is important that you be as well as possible so you can withstand it.


  1. A French gentleman clued me in on the power of Vitamin C to combat viruses. 1 gram (1000 mg) of Vit C time released, every 4 hours. This is my go-to. Zinc lozenges have been shown to be effective in ridding viruses.

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