My COVID Experience

I was watching the news this morning when a story aired talking about the COVID wave currently sweeping through India. Such a sad story and a terrible situation, so many people sick, so many people are dying. No words can comfort those people in their time of loss.

My COVID Experience

In September of 2020, my grandmother passed due to COVID. She was in her 90’s. She lived a long life and saw many things. On November 14th, 2020, I had just gotten home from a trip to the store. I was standing at my kitchen counter eating a cinnamon roll and drinking a cup of coffee. I noticed I had no sense of taste. I was alarmed. I then noticed; my sense of smell was gone. My nose was a little itchy and runny that day, but that was common. I have severe fall allergies. Anyway, I scheduled a COVID test for that afternoon and self-isolated.  A couple of days later, the test came back positive. I never ran a fever, but there were times I felt terrible. I would get tired, and there was no other choice but to take a nap. I’d nap for a couple of hours, then get up and feel fine. Then I’d feel bad and have to go nap again. That went on for five days or so. It was around the fifth day I felt it move into my chest and developed a cough. This was the worst cough I had ever had. It was a persistent cough that stayed with me well after being cleared of COVID. I kept that cough till the middle of January.

Coronavirus COVID-19 diagnostics. Doctor wearing full antiviral protective gear  making nasal swab test for patient. Flat vector illustration.

Post-COVID Experience

So, by the end of November, I had been cleared of COVID, but I still had these lingering effects going on. One was the cough that I was continually taking cough syrup for; the other was this rash that developed in the crooks on the back of my legs behind my knees. It was weird; the skin was raw. I stayed so tired until the middle of January. It was everything I could do to make it through the day without having to take a nap. Even now, after getting my sense of smell back, I’ll still be sitting there and smell this weird smell. It’s hard to explain. It’s like a detergent-flowery smell. I hope one day that will stop.

My COVID Opinion

My opinion on the COVID pandemic is that it’s no one’s fault. It’s just the course of nature. I don’t think it was developed in a lab. I don’t think the Chinese government is responsible for it. I think it’s more along the lines of the movie The Happening. The fault lays, in so many governments not acting on science quickly and exactly to maintain control over the spread of the virus. China, The United States, Brazil, and so many other countries were more worried about protecting their economies rather than performing the main function of government, assuring the safety of its people. That’s the cost of Greed, 3.17 million lives and rising. We, as a society, must do better. We must be better.

Where Do We Go from Here?

People of the world will take this happening and learn from it. It will cost politicians their jobs. Look at the election in the United States. Areas there voted blue that had been considered deep red for a long time. This was all due to the Trump Administration’s handling of COVID. This will happen in other democratic countries as well. We must believe in science. COVID is very contagious. I took all precautions. I wore masks and washed my hands regularly and still contracted it. The thing is, as humans, we’re resilient. We’re going to make it through it. And on the other side, we will be stronger. We will keep our lost loved ones with us in our hearts and share the memories of them with our friends and family. I feel we are in the waning days of this pandemic. Soon enough, it will be over. Until then, we all must maintain our vigilance and stay safe.