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In my dental implant topic, this reminded me:

On 11/9/2019 at 12:09 AM, OnMyWay said:

After that, I got the flu and a cough that would not go away for a month.

 So that was in October.  My wife got something similar a few weeks later.  I had a really bad cough at times and it would not got away.

Just wondering, maybe we had it????????????????  I know that this is before it was reported in China, but who knows?

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My daughter and I both had similar that you described early January before all the reports.  I was very short of breath after going upstairs.  More than I ever remembered before.  I thought also that maybe I had it.  However, there are so many different viruses my Dr said most likely was not covid.  But then she only practices medicine. :whistling:

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January and also March had something very similar, I thought just chest infections but the one in March took so long to get rid of the cough, was definitely different to any other chest infection I've had before.

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I think the only way to know is to splash the cash and get a test done.  Personally and with no disrespect to any medical practitioner but I'm not overly impressed with some diagnoses I've had and read about lately from General Practitioners.  Specialists I'll take a greater notice of.

I've had friends who through their work have had tests done and found to be positive but in their opinion they felt fine. Another friend was pretty bad and told just to home quarantine to be safe.  Afterwards he took a test and it showed he had anti bodies. 

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I went back to Australia mid December last year and had what I think was most of the symptoms, sore throat, tightness in my chest, fever, hard to breath, diarrhea (bad), loss of appetite. I was out the previous evening for dinner and drinks just thought was a bad case of food poisoning, a friend also had the same.Took about a week to come good, felt bloody awful

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I could feel your anxiety of having severe respiratory illness and yet not really anxious to get tested for the COVID 19.  There are still many cases of false positives or false negatives.  And if you are tagged with a positive, you go immediately into quarantine, isolated from family members for unknown duration.  

I could also feel your dilemma of whether you should go into emergency rather than further exposing the rest of the family (of whatever you have).  These days, especially during the cold and flu season, I guess we need to really pay attention to the critical symptoms.  

Thank you for sharing OMW.  It requires me to really think this one through.  Oh well, time to sanitize the house and car again.  
  

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1 hour ago, Jake said:

I could feel your anxiety of having severe respiratory illness and yet not really anxious to get tested for the COVID 19.  There are still many cases of false positives or false negatives.  And if you are tagged with a positive, you go immediately into quarantine, isolated from family members for unknown duration.  

I could also feel your dilemma of whether you should go into emergency rather than further exposing the rest of the family (of whatever you have).  These days, especially during the cold and flu season, I guess we need to really pay attention to the critical symptoms.  

Thank you for sharing OMW.  It requires me to really think this one through.  Oh well, time to sanitize the house and car again.  
  

Exactly Jake, there is so much we don't know about this virus yet. One would hope once having it one would be safe but that's not necessarily the case?

Within days of our return home from Cebu in January I got what we thought was Bronchitis. Very little or no temperature but all the other symptoms. I had direct contact with everyone one in the machine shop daily but no one got ill that month so?

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Head aches, short of breath, cough, stomach distress, fatigue, body aches – hard to distinguish Covid from how I usually feel!

Since the vast majority of Covid cases are mild, I bet most of us wonder if we already had a mild case and now might have some immunity.

In the month after I returned to the States 3 March I lost about 15 pounds.  Not a bad problem at all, but unexpected weight loss is one of the possible symptoms.  Since my return, I’ve been tested three times for Sars-CoV-2 (two PCR and one antigen tests), but never had the serological test for antibodies.

I can get an antibody test if I want, but I think I’ll wait until the quality improves and more is known about duration of ‘protection’ and reinfection possibilities.  I am very careful about keeping strict distancing and reduced exposure risks, and would not want me or others around me to start relaxing precautions in a false belief I may have some limited immunity.

As Jake pointed out, some of the viral tests are not well perfected, and anyway, the jury is still out on the immunity levels of persons previously infected.  We will all know much more In another couple of months than we do now.  There are dozens of studies being done on immunity duration and some very interesting initial reports recently on potential latent immunity derived from long ago exposure to other viruses as a possible contributing factor as to why so many Covid cases are asymptomatic or only mildly effected.

As the wise man (Old55) said, 'there's so much we don't know'!

 

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If there was no such thing as covid-19 I bet many would have these normal symptoms which we would have called a flu or virus picked up from traveling or something so it will always be an if question.

Having said that a friend here in Cebu disappeared for about 2 weeks sometime late Jan if I recall correctly. When we met up he told me he was so sick, never been as sick before and thought it was the end, enough to call his ex wife to tell her where the hidden properties were. He had what symptoms we now know as covid and couldn't breathe Was it covid, maybe.

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