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Old 12-04-2021, 11:07 PM   #1
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A cold, the flu or Covid19

Three days ago I developed symptoms of a cold, flu or Covid while traveling. I had to cancel my next reservation and will limit my contact with other people. I plan on making one big food shopping trip when few others are shopping and then go into hibernation.

I知 living solo full time out of my RV.

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Old 12-04-2021, 11:11 PM   #2
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First thing to do is to get tested for Covid. Google for places near you where you can get tested. Sounds like you're already in a RV park so just stay hunkered down.
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Old 12-04-2021, 11:14 PM   #3
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Sounds like you are taking good measures to limit contact with others. I would also get a Covid test to rule that out. In the meantime, many grocery stores have pickup or delivery services. Wishing you the best for a speedy recovery.
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Curious as to the symptoms and what makes you think you have COVID-19 (not discounting the possibility).
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I've had Covid twice. (Yes, I know that's not supposed to happen. But the tests were positive both times.) That's your worst case scenario, so plan for that (and maybe just be pleasantly surprised.)

It wasn't that horrible at all either time - like a bad flu. I'm 64, a little overweight, I smoke, so I ought to be a candidate for "co-morbidities fun". But it definitely didn't live up to its billing as a killer. It was . . . unpleasant. Yucky. Boring.

Drink fluids until you're overflowing. Get some good decongestant. Plan on resting a lot. (I slept about 20 hours per day for three days - it made me that tired.) Vitamin C, B, D. If you're somewhere warm, go lay in the sun.

I also got vertigo out of it the second time - doc said that's very common. So avoid driving. It would suddenly hit me out of the blue, and go away three minutes later, but I'm glad I wasn't at the wheel when it did appear.

If you're in an area where the docs will allow you to take the known treatments, ask for them. I hear very good things about them if you take them early.
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Old 12-04-2021, 11:28 PM   #6
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Curious as to the symptoms and what makes you think you have COVID-19 (not discounting the possibility).
Sore throat the first day and runny nose the second. I had a fever which broke today. I知 a 72 year old male in good health. I exercise daily and am not overweight.

I知 not sure what I have because the symptoms overlap. My blood oxygen levels appear to be normal. My biggest concern is not to infect others with whatever it is.
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I've had Covid twice. (Yes, I know that's not supposed to happen. But the tests were positive both times.) That's your worst case scenario, so plan for that (and maybe just be pleasantly surprised.)

It wasn't that bad at all either time - like a bad flu. I'm 64, a little overweight, I smoke, so I ought to be a candidate for "co-morbidities fun". But it definitely didn't live up to its billing as a killer. It was . . . unpleasant. Yucky. Boring.

Drink fluids until you're overflowing. Get some good decongestant. Plan on resting a lot. (I slept about 20 hours per day for three days - it made me that tired.) Vitamin C, B, D. If you're somewhere warm, go lay in the sun.

I also got vertigo out of it the second time - doc said that's very common. So avoid driving. It would suddenly hit me out of the blue, and go away three minutes later, but I'm glad I wasn't at the wheel when it did appear.

If you're in an area where the docs will allow you to take the known treatments, ask for them. I hear very good things about them if you take them early.
Your comment on vertigo was very helpful. Thanks
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Sore throat the first day and runny nose the second. I had a fever which broke today. I知 a 72 year old male in good health. I exercise daily and am not overweight.

I知 not sure what I have because the symptoms overlap. My blood oxygen levels appear to be normal. My biggest concern is not to infect others with whatever it is.

All your possibilities are infectious. If nothing else, mask up around others.


No loss of smell/taste? Always thought COVID-19 didn't have runny nose/mucous symptoms.

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All your possibilities are infectious. If nothing else, mask up around others.


No loss of smell/taste? Always thought COVID-19 didn't have runny nose/mucous symptoms.

I can still smell the coffee. Mucous isn稚 generally associated with Covid but it can be. 24 hours ago I felt terrible. Right now on day three I知 feeling much better.

Earlier in the day I was hot like I had a fever but I didn稚 turn on the a/c and it got up to 85. I知 keeping it at 72 right now with the furnace.
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OP, looks like you're heading into your 4th day with whatever you have. I'm not a doctor and I certainly don't know a whole bunch but my thinking is that it'd be a little late now to take the test.

I got the J&J vaccine back in early August. Ended up feeling bad about 3 weeks ago (slight fever, cough, felt lethargic). First thought was Covid but I knew it could be something else as well. Did have intermittent stopped up nose but I never had breathing problems or lost my taste of food. My decision was to go into isolation mode and monitor. Fever was gone the following day and I was back to my normal older age aches and pains the next.

Could have been Covid, I didn't check. No matter, I'll continue using the social distancing precautions that I've used since this stuff first reared its ugly head.
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Walmart and lots of drugstores have self-test kits. Each kit has two tests, it's a swab and it gives your results in about 15 minutes.

$14 at Walmart and about $24 at other places.

https://www.globalpointofcare.abbott...f-test-us.html
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I guess this is going to be the new normal. Pre covid, when someone got sick we didn't think too much about the transmissibility of whatever was ailing us. We just matched our symptoms to the packaging of over the counter remedies and went on with life. Now we all wonder about spreading this new virus and take precautions to limit the spread. That is probably a good thing, even if you don't have covid, you are limiting exposing others to whatever ails you and that can't be bad. Hope you feel better soon.
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This morning I feel great with just a runny nose. I’m now at a Love’s. I’m testing how long I can run on just batteries and how much propane I consume. The KOA I was at was not near any services that I might need. At least here I can get an overpriced gallon of milk.

Before I was not wearing a mast because few others were. Now I am until all my symptoms are gone.
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Please stop, it's winter.
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