Was I infected by COVID-19? I’ll probably never know for sure. According to the CDC, these are the COVID-19 symptoms:
Symptoms that may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of the following:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
The COVID-19 pandemic had been circulating in the United States since last fall. This from a recently published scientific report titled Emergence of genomic diversity and recurrent mutations in SARS-CoV-2:
Phylogenetic estimates support that the COVID-2 pandemic started sometime around 6 October 2019 – 11 December 2019, which corresponds to the time of the host-jump into humans.
Simply put, COVID-19 was circulating in North America months before the World Health Organization declared a pandemic.
We had spent a week at Walt Disney World in January. Towards the end of that week, I had become very ill with what I assumed was the flu. It was horrible. I had never been sick like that before.
On January 14, I had posted about the experience of being sick in a motorcoach here. And this is what I wrote then about my symptoms:
I felt feverish. Severe muscle aches. Extreme fatigue. Awful headache. Coughing. Runny nose. Probably one of the worst ones [influenza] to hit me in quite some time.
For two days, I was so disoriented and dizzy that I couldn’t move. It felt like I was dying. And then I gradually bounced back. Some of the symptoms, especially the coughing, ran on for several weeks.
Was it COVID-19?
I just ran the self-assessment test on the Ontario government’s website and if I had those same symptoms today, I would be told to go in for testing.
Back in January, before all of this became a public health crisis, I thought I had a bad flu. I didn’t even see a need to get checked out by a doctor.
How the world has changed since then.