Sarah and I were tested for COVID-19 two weeks ago today. Today is the first day we can see some light at the end of the tunnel.
I get hay fever-like symptoms every year around this time, and the runny nose and scratchy throat I was experiencing fit that pattern. The 101-degree temperature I had the morning of Sept. 21 raised the red flag, however.
Sarah and I have had a different journey. I had a cough, fever, muscle ache, and headache that started to subside about a week ago, but which would return about 30 hours later; this happened three times. When I felt better on Monday, I was on my guard, but the only symptoms I had Tuesday and today are the cough (which will take a lot more time to go away) and a temperature one degree higher than normal for me.
I feel as though I am mostly well, but not enough to get back in public.
Sarah has struggled the most. Her cough has been much worse than mine and she experienced the even worse symptom of difficulty breathing. Plus, she never had the 30-hour respites that I enjoyed. For Sarah, it has been more than two weeks of coughing, runny nose, difficulty breathing, and fever.
She felt a little better Tuesday morning but it didn’t last. By late morning, symptoms were returning. She feels a little better this morning, so we’ll see how the rest of the day goes.
It should go without saying, but COVID-19 has disrupted our lives. I hope it’s not too early to say that we dodged a bullet and no one died or was hospitalized, but it was without a doubt a problem that made us question whether we would survive.
Meanwhile, Craven County adds about 100 new cases every day and the death toll has shot up to 41 Craven County residents.
Based on projections, it is accurate to say that 1 in 5 Craven County residents has been infected with the virus, although many don’t know it. Worse, some know it but either aren’t sick enough to care or are sick but can’t afford to have their lives disrupted for two to three weeks.
The next thing to watch for is the reopening of public schools and how that will affect the rate of spread in Craven County. The numbers are bad enough as they are without thousands of school children catching it at school and bringing it home to their families.
At the same time, seasonal flu is starting to appear in Craven County. A local physician told me that testing is starting to reveal people with both COVID-19 AND flu.
The doctor told me it is too early to tell whether this year’s flu shot is effective. For me, I wasn’t willing to wait and see. I had my flu vaccine a month ago.