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Hey, folks.

This week’s post is different from what I usually share on this blog, but I figure I would share it with you regardless, as COVID-19 does *somewhat* relate to travel. With the world opening up– and remaining open– to travel, it’s important to keep in mind that the pandemic is still going on, and it’s essential to stay safe and mindful of the impact that we have on each other with the spread of this inescapable virus. Even when we’re having fun.

Let’s cut to the chase: I got COVID. After managing to evade it for almost two years, I couldn’t believe I got it. I was even in denial for a couple of days, because I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that, despite being cautious, I still caught it. But I suppose it was going to happen sooner than later, just because my country (the US) is absolutely incompetent when it comes to handling the pandemic.

When, where, and how did I get COVID? I got COVID in late December, although the symptoms didn’t explode until New Year’s Day. What a great way to start off 2022, eh? It took about 11-12 days to fully recover. As for where and how I got it, I can’t be 100% sure, but I’m pretty certain that I caught it at work– I work in an office, and I can’t think of anywhere else that I could’ve gotten it.

I’d like to share the day-by-day breakdown of my COVID symptoms. Granted, my experience will be different from others, but I’d like to show you how I went through it and recovered. This is coming from a woman in her late twenties, fit and healthy, not immuno-compromised, and who has had both vaccines and the booster shot. Also, I believe I only caught the Omicron variant, so I wouldn’t know (nor could even imagine) how it could be with the original COVID-19 or the Delta variant.

That was my disclaimer to you. Let’s get started:

Days 1-2

I woke up the first morning with a thin layer of mucus in my throat. It was strange, but it didn’t alarm me as I figured it was allergies and dry air in the wintertime. But the mucus didn’t go away, even as I went on with my day. I was also feeling a bit…hazy as I went about my daily chores, as if I was drugged up on cough medicine. Still didn’t think much about it, and I believed it would pass. Second day was similar symptoms, but again, I wasn’t concerned (yet).

Day 3

Still feeling about the same as Day 1 and 2, but I also started developing a cough. But I still went throughout the day and was otherwise fine. Day 3 was also New Year’s Eve, and I stayed up until midnight talking with my friends online to ring in 2022. I should’ve known something was up, as my voice was becoming increasingly-scratchy and not enough water would satiate it.

Days 4-5

I woke up on Day 4 (New Year’s Day) with a full-blown stuffy AND runny nose and a hoarse voice. The symptoms I had that night before completely exploded, and little did I know I was experiencing the worst of COVID. I was scared, but I was in complete denial that it could be the virus– I was convincing myself it was just the common cold. My dad, however, did not want to take the chance, and we drove all over town to find a COVID test. However, everything was shut on New Year’s; we would have to wait the next day. Until then, I quarantined in my room to stay away from my dad (who had no symptoms) and to rest up.

We woke up early on Day 5 to head to the neighbor clinic for a rapid Antigen test. Considering that appointments were all booked up at COVID testing sites (AND self-testing kits were all sold out), we had no choice but to do a walk-in. Even though we arrived two hours early before the clinic opened, it still took us almost two hours to get through the line and get our Antigen test. Any case, I got the results within 15 minutes confirming I was positive for COVID. Exhausted, we returned home where I subsequently isolated myself in my room again. Still felt stuffed up and hoarse voice, which I didn’t find pleasant at all.

Day 6

I woke up that morning feeling significantly better, which came as a surprise considering that I was feeling like trash on Days 4 and 5. Not to say that I was fully-recovered as I still had mucus in my throat and nasal congestion. I also had to call into work to inform them that I couldn’t go in, as I had tested positive. I was informed to quarantine for that entire week and report to the office the following week, whether I tested positive or not.

Days 7-10

Basically, I stayed in my room all week resting, watching a TON of Netflix, and spending too much on food delivery. Took Dayquil and Nyquil to help with the congestion, although the side effects of drowsiness and fatigue weren’t great.

I also had to go out on Day 8 for a PCR test, to get a more-accurate reading and to see if I was still positive. Even though I’d booked an appointment, it really didn’t matter, as I still had to wait over 2-1/2 hours with folks who did walk-in and/or had appointments. It took six days to get my results back, and they were positive– by then, I already recovered and had returned to work. Crazy times we live in…

To be honest, I was already feeling better on Day 6, but it was over the course of the week that the mucus and nasal congestion disappeared. While it was great that I didn’t have to work, I was also pretty bored staying at home. Can’t complain, though!

Days 11-12

All recovered! Enjoyed the last of my freedom before I was to report to work the following Monday.

…and there you have it. My adventure with getting COVID. You could say that I was feeling like myself again by Day 6…but it took until Day 11 to feel 100% again. I’m very fortunate that the symptoms felt like nothing but an annoying cold; I might’ve gotten a slight bit of chills during Days 2-3, but that was about it. And I never lost my sense of taste and smell, although I will say they were slightly muted during the worst of it on Days 4-5.

If there’s anything that getting COVID has taught me about myself and society, it’s that the whole situation is clearly messed up. While I’m lucky that my symptoms were mild, I can’t imagine how much worse they could be if I hadn’t been vaccinated and boosted. And to see just how broken the US system is with even getting people tested (e.g. long queues, exorbitantly-pricey Antigen/PCR tests), I just hope I don’t have to go through all of that again.

I’d also like to add that, during these tough times, it’s important to support each other. I’m finding the pandemic has caused nothing but contention and grief, and not a lot of empathy for those who get COVID. Not everyone who gets COVID was being reckless or careless, and we shouldn’t judge or be afraid of those who have the virus– heck, you see a ton of healthcare workers getting it because of their job, so why shame them? No one should be stigmatized for getting COVID, because it isn’t necessarily their fault for catching it in the first place.

I am grateful that all of you have been nothing but caring and supportive to me throughout all of this, and I am truly grateful for your well wishes. Also knowing you’re healthy and you can get through this really makes a big difference on getting better soon, and knowing you survived it makes you even stronger and more thankful for the life you’re living now.

Get vaccinated, stay safe, and have a beautiful day! 🙂

— Rebecca

66 thoughts on “I Got COVID.

  1. Mine manifested itself as a lightish cold while hubby definitely had a bad case of man flu. No idea how he caught it as we’d stayed close to home to catch up on chores and wear masques when outside of our home. He then passed it onto me – thanks! No problem booking any local test appointments which were all carried out on time. PCR results within 8 hours and antigen within 15 minutes.

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    1. Yes, it is strange, especially if you two barely go out to risk exposure…but once one person gets it, it’s really contagious. Here in Los Angeles, it feels like a third-world country just in how COVID tests are so difficult to get, and how ungodly long it takes to get results back. This was in early January at the peak of this Omicron madness, so I don’t know if the accessibility to COVID tests are better…but at least from my experience, it was one that I’d rather not repeat.

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  2. I am glad you didn’t have a stronger variant before.My friend had covid a year ago and she still hasn’t recovered her sense of smell completely.I think that now whatever you do,you can’t avoid covid,it is just omnipresent. Luckily, it is relatively mild for vaccinated people.keep safe X

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    1. Yes, I suppose I have to be thankful that I only got the Omicron variant (morbid as it sounds, haha). I can’t imagine having effects long after recovering, let alone permanent damage to the body. Hope your friend can fully recover!

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    1. To some extent, I’m relieved I got COVID, so I have a bit of immunity from it. The experience has assuaged me a bit, but I still remain worried for my family and close friends who haven’t gotten it, and whether they’ll catch it. There’s always something to worry about during the pandemic times!

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  3. So glad you’re over it. The teacher I share a room with at school has been sick for days and just tested positive this afternoon, so we’ll see what happens. It’s interesting to hear about yours and other’s experiences and see how they’re similar and different. Again, glad you’re feeling better.

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    1. Did said teacher still go into work while having symptoms? I can’t imagine how scary it must be to be a teacher (this is coming from a former teacher!) and to be required to teach in-class. Definitely stay safe out there!

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      1. Yep, and she came back five days after symptoms developed. Technically, she wasn’t breaking any rules (because she was on the mend), but those of us who spend lots of time in the same space with her wouldn’t have minded if she had recuperated at home for a few more days…

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  4. Glad you’ve recovered well Rebecca. I had the exact same problem of finding a testing centre that was open over the New Year period. Antigen test kits are all sold out here too. I finally found a drive thru the next day and was one of the lucky ones that only had to wait 40 mins! Hearing people line up for 2-5 hours here when it seems most of Sydney had it. All quietened down now though!

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    1. Honestly, it’s every man for himself at the point. I don’t have faith in the government to help its own people, so it’s up to us to stay safe and protect ourselves. The spike earlier this month was bad, and it’s decreasing now in the US, too, but there will be more variants and more spikes happening soon, I predict…

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  5. What a thorough and well written report Rebecca. Glad to hear you got through it all without ‘too’ much drama, you gave a really interesting insight into what you had to go through re testing in your part of the world. Thus far we have stayed clear of Covid, despite living, working and travelling in 6 countries over the past few years. Like you we have been really careful but recognise there is an element of luck involved when successfully dodging this thing. I guess that with around 90.000 cases a day here in The UK, our upcoming stay in London is going to test our luck further. Take care and may the rest of your 2022 be infinitely better!

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    1. I know of friends who’ve also traveled a lot last year and somehow managed to avoid COVID. Honestly, that’s pure luck! Hope you can still evade the dreaded virus, being back in the UK!

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  6. Oh bless you – I am so glad you’re OK and what a horrible start to the year. After my recent stays in hospital I have had COVID 3 times (every time I’ve been in overnight I caught it!) so I am hoping I’m now immune! Let’s hope 2022 gets better!!!! 🙂

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    1. Goodness, you had it bad! Not only were you hospitalized for your illness, but you also got COVID at the hospital. I don’t know how you got through all of that, but I’m glad you did. You better be immune for the next 10 years! 😆

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  7. I’m glad you’ve recovered and thanks for sharing. I haven’t had it and actually only know a few people who have so haven’t heard many reports on they symptoms. Thanks for allnof the awful details 😊 Hope your dad was OK throughout. Maggie

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    1. Among my closest friends and family members, I was the only one who got COVID. Even though I live with my dad, he fortunately did not get COVID, so that was a relief! Not everyone gets it, but you never know when it’ll strike you unexpectedly…still stay safe!

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  8. I’m glad you’re okay now. Kudos to your dad for deciding not to take any chances.

    My dad had a cough when I went to visit my parents in Atlanta for Christmas. He wore a mask and isolated from all the rest of us until he got a negative COVID test.

    Later on, we also developed coughs. But COVID tests were negative.

    Be safe out there!

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  9. Thanks for sharing Rebecca. For me it was shorter (bar fatigue) only really 3 days of any symptoms, however one day i felt pretty awful with fever and body aches. Then for two days like a mild cold. Fatigue though. Such is our starts to 2022. Maybe we can just forget January and declare 1 Feb the first day of the year? With Omicron, it is just SO easy to spread! I think most of us will get it at least once

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    1. Wow, your symptoms were really short! Honestly, let’s pretend January didn’t happen and let February be the “official 2022,” haha. Technically, February 1st is the Lunar New Year in east and southeast Asia (which I celebrate), so it’s fair to say that my new year hasn’t begun! Let’s leave this all in the past and strive for a better 2022!

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    1. Yes, Netflix was my best friend for a week, haha. I rarely watch anything on Netflix, but getting COVID gave me a reason to return to it and catch up on some series that I’d put off watching! Hope you have a safe 2022, hopefully with some travel!

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      1. Season at a sitting series watching sounds like the silver lining. 🙂 A bit of travel would do nicely. We haven’t traveled internationally since 2019. It would be great to take our Spanish speaking teen to Latin America again!

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  10. Thanks for sharing your experience, Rebecca. I am sorry to hear you got Covid, but I am glad that you have recovered. COVID-19, is strangely—and tragically—selective. Only some infected people get sick, and although most of the critically ill are elderly or have complicating problems such as heart disease, some killed by the disease are previously healthy and even relatively young. Therefore I still avoid large gatherings especially now, that social distancing is no longer required in hospitality or other settings in Ireland. Take care. Aiva 🙂

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    1. Yes, it’s strange how COVID works! Some people get it just from one simple contact at the grocery store and others never get it despite traveling all over the world. I don’t think I’ll be going to concerts, clubs, or bars (and other mass gatherings) for years to come, until we can temper this pandemic! Stay safe out there, Aiva!

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  11. Thanks for sharing this, Rebecca. Glad that Omicron is reportedly less severe than Delta and before, but it’s still quite scary. I’m being careful. And how about your coworkers, your dad, and New Years friends? Did they get it?

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  12. Thank you for sharing this experience with us! I have now known many people that got COVID, and most of them were always very careful so it is true that no one should stigmatise anyone for getting it! I’m glad your symptoms were just mild and that you are now fully recovered! Take care!

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    1. Thanks, Juliette! At this point, one would be lucky not to get COVID at all, since it’s so prevalent. I’m fortunate that I only got Omicron (if getting a mild case of COVID is considered fortunate, haha), and I hope you stay healthy and well!

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