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Did I just have Covid?

Old 8th Jun 2022, 19:15
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Did I just have Covid?

I have not suffered the usual flu symptoms but I have been a bit odd. It went like this:

Thursday, spent a couple of hours loading the car and then drove north for 5 hours, with a couple of breaks for call of nature and some shopping. Then spent an hour or so unloading car before eating. Lastly, we took a walk into the town to see the lighting of the Jubilee beacon and a local brass band. Went back to ours and had an excellent night's sleep. So far, so good.

Friday we got up late, fully refreshed, breakfasted and then carted all of our dining room furniture out into the street for a lunchtime street party. Ate, drank and was merry until mid evening and then shifted all of the furniture back indoors. A swift nightcap followed and then bed at our normal time. Another good night's sleep.

Saturday. Arose at the usual time, breakfasted and then went out on our bikes for a local ride, watched steam engine leaving station and then returned home for a spot of lunch. In the afternoon I put the bikes away and noticed a bit of tension in my ribs as I lifted them over the step. Slightly uncomfortable when breathing deeply but not too bad. Went to collect some plants from someone a few miles away and helped to dig them up. No issues with doing the spade work but ribs still a bit tight. Went to bed at the usual time but wished I hadn't. As soon as I lay down I was in agony. My neck hurt, my ribs hurt, my collarbone hurt, my back hurt. After much trial and error I found that the pain was least when laying on my left side, but only if I pushed my right arm behind my back. Got very little sleep. Got up earlier than usual, being upright was the only way to be free of discomfort.

Sunday. Dog tired all day but able to do the usual stuff without pain. in the morning applied coat of primer to shower room floor. Spent the afternoon at a food fair, tasted an awful lot of cheese, pies and some alcoholic spirits. Did a bit of shopping at a supermarket which I was able to carry to the car without discomfort. Rest of day uneventful. Went to bed at the usual time. Again, wished I hadn't, as uncomfortable as the previous night, but tired enough to sleep a bit more.

Monday. Got up at the usual time and, again, once I was upright I had no discomfort. Still dog tired. Put two coats of waterproofing compound onto the shower room floor with only the usual level of pain from my knees. I am getting too old for crawling around the floor. Had an uncomfortable afternoon nap. Pottered about in the evening. Ribs a bit less tight and neck, back and collarbone OK. Went to bed at the usual time and was almost totally comfortable whichever way I lay. Hurrah. Had an excellent night's sleep.

Tuesday. Got up at the usual time and felt much better. Went to fetch some timber and ceramic tile paste, helped the DIY chappie to lift large sheet of plywood onto car roof and carried 20kG bag of tile paste from the far end of the store to the car via the checkout without problem. Spent afternoon cutting timber to size after getting it off the roof rack single handed. Went into the town by bike, visited library, watched steam train depart and then returned home. Then I cut the lawn and tidied the garage a bit. Apparently, whatever I was struck down with has gone away.

Wednesday. Life has returned to normal.

Before the pain started I had done nothing unusually strenuous, had not fallen or suffered bodily impact and had not "put my back out" or anything noteworthy. I have had no other flu like symptoms.

I am at a loss.....

Rans6...................

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Old 8th Jun 2022, 19:40
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The only way to tell is to use a lateral flow test.
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Old 8th Jun 2022, 19:56
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It seems to affect everyone differently - irrespective of vaccine status.

It also seems inevitable that every single one of us will eventually get it. At the end of last November, those I knew who had had Covid was low. Now, those that haven’t had it are in the absolute minority.
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Old 8th Jun 2022, 20:33
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OP, I would say most likely. Day 1 I walked several miles felt ok. That night I slept badly and stayed in bed until 2pm. I had an odd pain in my left wrist, didn't seem able to get it comfortable however I put it. A really runny nose, running like a hosepipe but only intermittently. By the next day I was fine.
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Old 8th Jun 2022, 20:45
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Originally Posted by radar101 View Post
The only way to tell is to use a lateral flow test.
... Other types of test are available....
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Old 9th Jun 2022, 05:27
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Why don't you ask all the people you came in contact with during those days of discomfort, they might have picked it up from you and had a worse time of it.
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Old 9th Jun 2022, 06:52
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" Did I just have Covid ? "

Erm, difficult bit of diagnosis here given the bulk of the narrative was totally irrelevant to the condition and symptoms.

Now, if you'd titled the question to, say " Social diary of a jolly good chap who felt a bit unwell for a couple of days " ....

Of course, you could have taken the most obvious action and, erm, taken a test perhaps ?
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Old 9th Jun 2022, 14:45
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Sounds more like old age. 😊
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Old 9th Jun 2022, 14:49
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Conclusive answer:

Maybe....maybe not.
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Old 9th Jun 2022, 16:05
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I have asked a good proportion of the folk who were at the street party if they were aware of any covid symptoms since Friday but nobody admitted to suffering any. Further afield is a bit more difficult but also a bit less likely. The food fair was in it's last throws when we got there and it was fairly quiet. It was also an outdoor event and we didn't have to queue for anything, social distancing without trying. Similarly, at the supermarket there were few customers and no queues. We did self checkout, again without getting close to anyone, more by luck than design. Since then we have been pretty much in our own company. When we collected timber the nearest we came to anyone was the length of a sheet of plywood, 2.4M. By the time I thought it might have been covid it was a bit after the event. We have a box of test kits but have mislaid them, it has been so long since we needed them.

Rans6...........................
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Old 9th Jun 2022, 16:08
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A PCR test will probably still show up positive. If you want to know book yourself one. If you canít then it could be Covid or it could be any one of 1000ís of minor viruses that float around the world.
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Old 9th Jun 2022, 16:36
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If only there was a test you could take to find out.
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Old 9th Jun 2022, 16:46
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Originally Posted by rans6andrew View Post
I have asked a good proportion of the folk who were at the street party if they were aware of any covid symptoms since Friday but nobody admitted to suffering any. Further afield is a bit more difficult but also a bit less likely. The food fair was in it's last throws when we got there and it was fairly quiet. It was also an outdoor event and we didn't have to queue for anything, social distancing without trying. Similarly, at the supermarket there were few customers and no queues. We did self checkout, again without getting close to anyone, more by luck than design. Since then we have been pretty much in our own company. When we collected timber the nearest we came to anyone was the length of a sheet of plywood, 2.4M. By the time I thought it might have been covid it was a bit after the event. We have a box of test kits but have mislaid them, it has been so long since we needed them.

Rans6...........................
The incubation period seems to be a total mystery to even the scientists, so if it was indeed covid, itís virtually impossible to pinpoint the point of infection unless you were aware of a positive contact. Having said that, Iím fully vaxxed, my other half isnít. I caught it late January, she didnít test positive until 3 weeks later despite being in the same house, in close proximity and isolating with me.
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Old 10th Jun 2022, 07:10
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If only there was a test you could take to find out.
Which probably would have taken less time than typing the (very interesting) saga of your week.

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Old 10th Jun 2022, 07:24
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I don't know. One little pandemic and now everyone is a hypochondriac.

We all have off days. More so as we get older.

It could be Covid, but other viruses are available (hundreds of them).
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Old 10th Jun 2022, 16:58
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I think that rans got the lurgy from playing with his pc.

I seem to get it from Zoom calls.
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Old 11th Jun 2022, 06:02
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Blink, and you’ll miss it…

Sounds like a pretty unpleasant couple of nights there.
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