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Early to mid February I had the following symptoms:

Fever (38.7c)
Cough (not persistent but dry)
Headache
Fatigue
Diarrhea (2 days)
Wheeze when breathing.

I was 5 days off an aircraft, didn't go to any known hotspot, certainly not Italy but I was on a plane, train, bus, tram, in crowded areas and in restaurants in the week to ten days before the symptoms appeared.

Was it Covid or a chest infection?

To be safe I'm assuming it wasn't CV19 but the coincidence of symptoms is driving me crazy!! Anyone else in the same or similar position?
 

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Diarrhoea is not a usual symptom of COVID19....but the rest just about fits in. Try and get tested to be sure.
 

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If you found out one way or the other, would it change your future actions?
 

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During the beginning of March a really stinking cold type bug was circulating at my work. A couple of people had time off with dry coughs and temperature...

A few of them travel quite regularly and socialise at weekends in busy areas of London, Reading etc.

I had the cold symptoms such as fever, headache and tiredness that lasted for 2 weeks. But no bad chest.

I know it probably wasn't the CV19 but you cannot help but wonder... There isn't anyone at my workplace that would be in one of the major risk groups.
 

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There is some evidence that says that just because you have had it once, that doesn't mean that you are immune in future.

But it could still make future episodes much less likely to be severe as your body will retain some memory of how to deal with it...
 

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I visited China (Shenzhen, a major port near Hong Kong) start of December, came back and a week later I have a big dry cough that lasted for a week, I had a day with a temperature, but a week or so later I was really out of breath a lot.

There is some evidence that says that just because you have had it once, that doesn't mean that you are immune in future.
All the cases which led to the WHO comment (which was later clarified after a scaremongering media started telling people there was no evidence catching it would lead to immunity!) turned out to be false positives, as such you can be clear that catching COVID will lead to some immunity. That being said, give it a year or two and you will probably still be able to catch it (although less severely, the same thing will happen to any vaccine)

 

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I flew to Johannesburg on Feb 27th and returned on March 5th. Two days later developed a really persistent dry cough for 10 days and had a horrendous (much more than normal cold type) sore throat that lasted over a week. No noticeable fever though. I was fatigued and slept a lot.

Jo'burg wan't a hot spot at all, but spent a few hours in Heathrow T5 which would definitely have been at that time!

Not tested, but wouldn't be surprised if it was. Would be pleased to think I had a few antibodies floating around as a result. Wife says she had similar while I was away in Jo'burg so maybe we had the same thing and got it here. Who knows.
 

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I was hanging around in Heathrow T5 for a few hours waiting for a bus in early February, as Fred says probably quite a hotspot at the time. Now I think about there were people coughing their lungs up on the bus too, might have been completely coincidental.
 

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No idea. Our neighbour the GP (works near LHR....) had something in February that hit her pretty hard - which is rare for a GP because they tend to have ninja immune systems. Her son was flattened by it - 7 days in bed, too ill to game for 4 of them (that's seriously ill). With hindsight, the symptoms were classic Covid. My youngest (good mates with the lad laid up for 7 days) got something mild (cough, temperature), eldest son got something similar, Mrs rxe and I felt under the weather with a temperature for a few days. So, no idea. Could have been a winter sniffle, could have been COVID.
 

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I had a strange cough a couple of months ago that reminded me that on a first aid course we were told it can be when you’re a bit short of breath, which I feel now. Not badly but just not quite right. No cough though.
 

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The only way we can tell will be the antibody test. Wherever they have done them they have been shocked just how many have had it. With news today that there was human to human transmission in Paris as long ago as December, the current models are beginning to look a little ridiculous.


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I’m almost certain I’ve had it, but without the medical confirmation it’s just speculative

Late January, early February for me, went on for 4-5 weeks. Started off with the usual seasonal cold. Got over that and within a few days i had a persistent cough, which lasted for the entire ordeal. As time went on i went through the fever, inability to self regulate a stable temperature, physical exhaustion, mental fatigue, nausea, disorientation, confusion, severe muscle aches and cramps, massively disturbed sleeping and even major abdominal pains which masqueraded as kidney infection like but no trace of such.

A cold is a minor irritant. Flu knocks me out for a couple of days and affects me for anything up to a fortnight. This, whatever it was, was pure hell for a month and more. I’ve never had anything like it before, whatever it was. And I’ll never know what it was now
 

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I find it disturbing that people are finding solace when their tests come back as Negative. It's also being fed to us (ambulance crews) as relevant information, when we are en-route to a job.

The test has no bearing, whatsoever, unless it's a positive result. A negative result, last week, does not mean the patient will be negative today.

I agree with giblets comment - antibody testing is the only way we can move forward.
 

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...and yes, I think I may have had it back in February. I had a dry cough and felt unwell...pretty crap, really!

So much so that in February and before the covid announcement, I stayed away from visiting a new-born great-niece and a new-born great-nephew, from separate nieces. I was still at work but felt unwell enough to worry about passing stuff on to them.

I just don't know if I had it, and without antibody testing, probably never will. I'm just glad I stayed away.
 

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I find it disturbing that people are finding solace when their tests come back as Negative. It's also being fed to us (ambulance crews) as relevant information, when we are en-route to a job.

The test has no bearing, whatsoever, unless it's a positive result. A negative result, last week, does not mean the patient will be negative today.

I agree with giblets comment - antibody testing is the only way we can move forward.

Maybe people are trying to grasp positives in this awful situation?
 

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So thursday morning I woke up feeling a bit under the weather. Nothing specific, just lethargic and a bit thick headed.

By thursday lunchtime I was wilting fast and I cancelled a couple of work calls in the afternoon so I could knock off early as my muscles ached and my head was throbbing. By early thursday evening I had a temperature (not very high - 37.6 - but I felt hot to touch).

Woke up yesterday morning feeling dreadful. Had slept fitfully overnight, temperature up and down and strong headache. No cough or cold symptoms but muscles aching and very fatigued.

I have key worker status, so I logged on for a coronavirus test slot. Every slot at my local testing station was available from 08.30 onwards so I booked a test for 11am. I decided to take a test as the symptom checker says EITHER temp OR a cough but not necessarily both.

Drove to the testing station feeling like death warmed up, sailed through (nobody else there and only 4 other cars in the vast acres of the car park of Chessington World of Adventures with about 100 volunteer staff manning it) and drove home.

My test result is due back tomorrow or Monday.

Spent rest of yesterday in bed, still with a fluctuating temperature and aches and from what I could discern (although I wonder how psychosomatic it was) some shortness of breath.

Now here's the odd part. Having slept now for the best part of 20 hours - I have awoken this morning as fresh as a daisy. No temp, no aches, no pains. Nada. Like it all never happened.

So I assume I just had a 48 hour bug (although since we've been in lockdown since early March and I have only left the house to shop once per week I have no idea from who/what). It could have been something I ate I suppose, but we've all had the same meals at home and only I had this out of the 5 of us here.

Anyway - I feel bad now that I used up a test slot because my "key work" is simply because I work for an organization that allows people to make payments so I'm the lowest of the low in terms of essential worker - but by the signs at the test location yesterday I didn't take anyone else's slot.

PS - The test operation is all very slick and contactless, but I felt it was quite flawed in that you do your own test in your car where nobody is watching you, but the instructions for swabbing your own throat/nostrils are littered with warnings that a poor attempt at swabbing will invalidate the result. Now I don't know about you - but I have no idea how hard or deep you need to swab your own tonsils while gagging, or how far up a nostril is sufficient - but I wouldn't trust my efforts much tbh. I think I had a decent attempt, but no idea if it was good enough for a test. I'm sure the medical people know what they are doing when they do their own swabs, but anyone else could make a right old balls of it.
 
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