Coronavirus has now killed 289 people in the UK, which includes a person aged 18 with an underlying health condition. Amid the rising death toll Prime Minister Boris Johnson has issued a stark warning: the open air does not provide immunity. Implicit in his warning is a plea for people to stay indoors where they can, a prescription that is being blithely ignored by broad swathes of the population.
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In addition to staying indoors to stem the spread of the virus, it is imperative to watch out for the symptoms associated with the pathogen.
Recognising the symptoms is the crucial first step in the self-isolation action plan.
The NHS has issued the main symptoms to watch out for: a high temperature and a new, continuous cough.
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Bjonda has kept a diary log of her symptoms as they have progressed so others know what to look for.
Posting to social media, Bjonda shared with the world a 12 day account of the coronavirus:
It started with a mild dry cough and a slightly sore throat. I was very tired that night.
I felt a lot of pressure in my head to the point I would have to cough softly to avoid the discomfort. That night, I experienced the chills and had a fever.
One main symptom that stood out to me, my eyes physically hurt. They were tender and sore.
Moving them was uncomfortable. Doing some research I discovered this was just a migraine, but it didn’t go away at all. I slept all day.
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Energy levels very low, I only slept, and still ran fevers. At this point, my symptoms were: dry cough, migraine, fever, chills, some nausea.
I decided to go to the doctors where I tested negative for the flu and strep.
The doctor told me I probably just had an infection and prescribed me antibiotics and 800mg of ibuprofen. I made sure to stay extremely hydrated and stocked up on vitamins and probiotics.
That night, I still ran a fever.
Finally no more fever, but a new symptom showed up: shortness of breath.
It was uncomfortable, it felt like I had bricks on my chest. I tried the self diagnose test I read online (hold your breath and count to 10) which I successfully did with no complications.
At this point I wanted to test for corona like I should have been in the first place, but it was very difficult to get tested for it! I continued to self-quarantine and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
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Symptoms: sore throat, cough, shortness of breath.
I went to the same doctor and I was very adamant about getting tested.
Doctor said my vitals were “unremarkable” but I wasn’t going to take no for an answer! I also requested chest X-rays, everything came out normal.
I was advised to continue self quarantine, and I would receive my results in 5-6 days!
With the continued use of antibiotics and ibuprofen, my symptoms were: sore throat, cough, shortness of breath. My energy levels began to increase.
Symptoms: slight sore throat, mild cough, shortness of breath. Energy levels increasing.
Symptoms: Mild cough, starting to feel like myself again. Energy!
Symptoms: My cough was a little heavier, normal energy levels.
Symptoms: Mild cough, mucus, normal energy levels. My lab results came in: POSITIVE.
I am continuing to self-isolate and take care of myself. Today I am feeling great and healthy! I will need to retest in order to be cleared.
That’s if I can find a doctor whose willing to retest me. Haven’t had any luck so far.
Everyone is asking how I contracted COVID-19. I don’t know. But I did go out on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and my cough started on Sunday. I believe I was exposed to it at the bar/club one of those days. That’s my guess.
Hence the importance of social distancing! This was at the beginning of the month.
For those asking me what it’s like: I have dealt with colds in the past that were worse than this. I rated my pain moderate (4/10) when I went to the doctor. The first 3 days were most difficult.
Health update: I am feeling well today, normal energy levels. I do have a little bit of sinus pressure and headache, but I am continuing to hydrate as much as possible and overall I am in good health!
What should you do if you recognise any of the above symptoms?
The UK government is instructing anyone with mild symptoms to self-isolate for seven days from the moment you spot the symptoms.
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