I don't go on Facebook often, but I did go online and see there's still REALLY an argument about whether this thing is real or not, AND Ive seen others who aren't questioning the validity, but are questioning the numbers. I'll speak on my experience with this virus:
Before I got sick with covid I thought there was a possibility I already had this in the winter and that everyone may be overreacting just a little bit; THEN, one night I woke up to chills, night sweats, a headache, a scratchy throat and a dry cough and realized, I had never had this! This was new. There was a shock like pain in my chest in-between shivers (kinda like static electricity) and I realized this was definitely not the flu.
The first three days were mild symptoms -nothing too crazy actually. I figured I'd be one of the few who would beat this rather quickly. I was up and about patting my body on the back like I was Rocky or something. Day 4, I thought I was back to normal.
THEN DAY 5 hit - heavy pressure came on my chest - and it felt like a 500 lb elephant had decided to collapse ontop of me. I have asthma so I called my doctor immediately. She advised me to stay at home, prescribing me some meds to help me through my symptoms.
Sleeping at night and trying to breathe became a chore. My chest was heavily inflammed and my cough hurt at night. A week out I thought I was getting better, only to be hit with chills, nausea, and a shocking feeling in my chest again ( it felt like I was going to war with Daenerys and her dragons from a GAME of Thrones episode, I kid you not!). It just wouldn't let up! Besides hearing about all the unexpected deaths, and worrying you too may not make it, my biggest concern was passing this virus on to someone else. My family. My kids. My older parents. That's what really kept me up at night. Yet, a couple days ago, I finally turned a corner. *hallelujah* I wish I could say the worst is behind me, but who knows?!
This past month has held some of the longest, scariest moments of my life. I havent been able to work. I haven't been able to breathe well most nights, and honestly, I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy!
Every one wants things to go back to normal already, but what is "normal" now? Do we even know what that looks like? Id rather you or your loved one not have to struggle through this like I did. I stayed home and quarantined while I was sick. There will be many who won't and will continue to spread this.
Aside from our day to day life issues, the problem with this virus for everyone at this point is in the not knowing. You don't know how your body is going to react to this. ALOT of you have already been exposed and have no idea! Some people have yet to be exposed due in large part because of the quarantine! Count your blessings, but also realize that the answer to a "new normal" lies in more testing (which we still don't have yet).
So yea, I know you're probably tired of hearing #stayhome #stayathome#staysafe but until you, or your loved one knows exactly where you stand with this, that's what we're all going to have to do! I hope there's more testing soon because it's exactly what we need right now.