Life Update: My parents and I tested positive for Covid-19. I was naive to think we would be safe from the virus. Even though we masked up, sanitized frequently, and kept our distance, still, we contracted Covid. Fortunately for our family, no one has experienced life-threatening symptoms and is in the process of recovery. For the past 13 days, I’ve kept a log of all of our symptoms.
September 26 ,2020
Dad was the first to develop symptoms. This was the first time I had ever seen him so weak and inactive. Our family thought he was just developing a cold from working outside in the rain, but his condition began to worsen over the course of a few hours. Later in the night, dad developed a headache, body aches, and a fever of 102F.
Dad’s condition remained more or less the same. He still had a headache and a slight fever.
September 28, 2020
Dad woke up without any symptoms- no fever, pain or chills. Still, our family advised him to schedule a Covid test later in the day. He went to get tested at 3PM. His results came back around 4PM. It was positive. Upon hearing the news, he went into self isolation immediately. Later in the day, mom appeared visibly unwell. She reported having fatigue and body aches. Her symptoms seemed suspicious, but she also didn’t sleep much the night before.
September 29, 2020
Dad’s body aches and chills returned. Mom was still experiencing fatigue and aches and slept for most of the day. She went out to get tested for Covid-19 in the afternoon. She had her sample taken for both the rapid testing and lab testing. Within a few hours, her rapid testing results came back as negative. My sister and I got tested for Covid-19 earlier in the morning.
September 30, 2020
Dad reported feeling a lot better. He had some chills, but no other symptoms. Mom, on the other hand, started developing worsening body aches and chills. She also reported having a headache, minor fever of 99.7, nausea and some dizziness. She had some chest discomfort earlier in the day. Although her rapid test results came back as negative, our brother’s NP advised that mom go into isolation with dad. Towards late afternoon, I started developing a cough.
October 1, 2020
Dad’s fever spiked back to 101F during the night. Mom had some stomach pain and nausea but reported that she felt better than yesterday. Her lab testing results came back as positive for Covid, which confirmed our suspicions. My cough had not gone away, but was being managed with cough medication. I started to develop muscle aches, but it may have been from working out the day before. My sister and I received our test results. We were both negative.
October 2, 2020
Dad had over 100F fever this morning. It went down to 93F and then back to 95F later in the day. His symptoms had been fluctuating. Dad said he had no appetite, had stomach discomfort and kept waking in the night due to his fever and nausea. Mom reported her cold chills weren’t as bad as the days before. She had no fever and no coughing. I, however, still had a cough, some muscle aches and woke up with a slight sore throat.
October 3, 2020
Dad had the same symptoms and his fever came back. He reported he’s had a headache since day 1 of Covid, but now it was driving him crazy. The pain was persistent throughout the day and his medication was no longer effective. Mom reported having the same symptoms but more mild than before. She had some cold chills. I still had a cough and some muscle aches.
October 4, 2020
Dad reported that he had some irregularity with his breathing. He had some shortness of breath that he didn’t experience pre-Covid, though it was not causing too much discomfort nor was it causing him pain. Dad stopped by his doctor’s office to measure his oxygen level. Dad’s oxygen level was 97 (normal). Mom said she was okay. She had a headache and eye ache since the morning, but no body aches or cold chills. I still had a cough and muscle aches. Additionally, I started to develop a runny nose and chills.
October 5, 2020
Dad had a headache all throughout the day. Mom reported having the same symptoms. I felt almost back to normal – no aches, chills or runny nose. I had a slight cough. In the morning, I went to CVS to get tested for Covid for the second time.
October 6, 2020
Dad felt nauseous and had a headache on and off throughout the day. Mom reported feeling fine, although still not at 100%. Both of them did not have body aches or chills. My symptoms returned.
October 7 ,2020
Dad had the same symptoms as yesterday. Mom had no symptoms but was still taking medication. She stopped taking her medication once, but then her body aches and chills came back intensely. She decided to take medication until the next day. I woke up with a runny nose, sore throat, and a cough. My test results came back this morning. It was positive.
October 8, 2020
Dad had no symptoms other than a headache. His headache had been a consistent symptom since day 1 and has not gone away. Mom no longer had any symptoms and stopped taking her medication. I still had congestion, runny nose, and a cough. I also developed new symptoms: diminished sense of taste and complete loss of smell…
October 9, 2020 (Present day)
Fortunately for our family, no one has been hospitalized or experienced any life threatening respiratory issues (as of now). However, this is not the case for everyone who contracts Covid-19. America has now surpassed 200,000 deaths and over 7 million Covid cases. Covid- 19 is not a hoax. It’s not a game. The best case scenario would probably to be at home as much as possible, but if not, please be a responsible citizen when you go out into public. Wear a mask, wash your hands, sanitize, and maintain 6 feet distance from others. It’s the least we can do for the safety of others and ourselves!
Thank you to my family, friends, and community for the outpouring of love, support, and prayer. I will keep you all posted.