I was exposed to and caught Covid-19 on December 26th. I had a light case of it the week after exposure, which sapped my endurance and left me sleeping a lot. I have been tested (December 31) and received a positive result (January 3), so I know it was Covid and not just a sinus cold. My symptoms were atypical and did not include loss of smell, a high fever, or persistent cough (although I do have an occasional cough).
I've mostly recovered, but have another week of isolation to go so that I don't spread it to anyone else. Friends and family have made grocery drop-offs to keep my wife and I fed as we learned of the exposure the day before we were to go grocery shopping. Thank you very much to them - they were life-savers.
"Luckily", my exposure was after swapping gifts with my in-laws on Christmas day. I know who my exposure was, why it happened, and I am very disappointed that it happened. I also now know which of my friends would hide a zombie bite. He didn't believe he had it as he was asymptomatic other than a cough, which he attributed to a side-effect of some anti-biotics he was taking [a whole other story]. That does not excuse him for concealing the fact that he was instructed to get a Covid test by the doctor dealing with the other thing, specifically because of that cough. He was empirically wrong to do so.
Lessons I Want You to Take Away from My Experience:
- Just because you don't have all the symptoms, doesn't mean you don't have it.
- Just because you don't have all the symptoms, doesn't mean you can't spread it to friends.
- When a doctor instructs you to get tested for Covid, for whatever reason, act like you have it until you actually get a negative result.
- You don't know better than a doctor.
- No, you really don't.