Late last month, I got COVID. With the explosion of Omicron cases during the holiday season in the US, I figured I was bound to get it at some point. But never would I’ve thought it would happen that soon, and especially as I rang in the new year. I officially tested positive the day after New Year’s, and it was a great way to start off 2022 (did you notice my sarcasm?). Despite being fully vaccinated and boosted, I still got it. Thankfully, the symptoms were nothing more than a bad, annoying cold, and I recovered pretty quickly. If anything, I was more pissed off at the frustration of getting tested and getting time off from work– I won’t go into detail about it all, but I will say that I have no faith in the US system.
Any case, I want to break down my day-by-day COVID symptoms, to give you an idea of how it was having the virus. I quarantined for over a week at home, shut in my bedroom for most of the day except to go to the bathroom and shower. Here’s the breakdown, here we go!
I woke up the first morning with a mucus in my throat. It was a bit strange, but it didn’t alarm me as I figured it was due to allergies. But the mucus didn’t go away. And I was also feeling a bit hazy as I went about my day. I didn’t think much about it, though, and I figured it would pass. Second day was similar symptoms, but again, I believe it would pass quickly.
Still feeling the same as Days 1-2, but I also started having some minor coughs. 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 could satiate it.
I woke up on New Year’s Day with a stuffy AND runny nose and a hoarse voice. I was experiencing the worst of COVID. I was scared, but I drove around town to find a clinic or pharmacy with a COVID test. However, as it was New Year’s Day, everything was closed– we would have to wait until the next day to get a COVID test. Until then, I shut myself in my room to rest up.
I woke up early on Day 5 to head to the neighbor clinic for a rapid Antigen test. Even though I arrived two hours early before the clinic opened, it still took me almost two hours to get through the line and get the Antigen test. I got the results within 15 minutes, and it confirmed I was positive for COVID. More self-isolation when I returned home.
I woke up that morning feeling much better, which came as a surprise considering that I was feeling like trash on Days 4 and 5. I wasn’t fully-recovered, though, as I still had mucus in my throat and occasional nasal congestion. I also had to call 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 (which I did not agree with, but company’s orders, *shrug).
I stayed in my room all week resting up, 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 went 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 had appointments. It also took six days to receive my results (which were still positive), but by then, I was already recovered and back in the office. Ultimately useless and a waste of time.
Honestly, I was feeling better by Day 6, but it was over the course of the week that the mucus in my throat went away, and my nasal congestion disappeared. While it was great that I didn’t have to work, I was also bored staying at home. I can’t complain, though!
All recovered! Enjoyed the last of my freedom before I had to report to work the following Monday.
Overall, I am lucky that I only had mild symptoms from COVID (specifically, the Omicron variant). While I wasn’t thrilled to get it, I was more upset at the inaccessibility of COVID tests and absolutely no COVID paid leave at my office (which used to be offered, but it was discontinued in September). At this point, it’s a matter of fending for yourselves if you get COVID, because no one’s going to help you.
I hope you don’t get COVID, and please stay safe, everyone!
— The Finicky Cynic
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