Sunday, September 13, 2020

I Tested Positive For COVID-19

Last Wednesday, in the middle of teaching class, I felt a little congested. I chalked it up to allergies and my mask forcing me to project my voice harder. On Thursday, I felt a little run down, but I didn't think much of it because I had been up a bit late. On Friday, I was notified that one of my students was ordered to quarantine, so, as a precaution, I decided to get myself tested. The health department called me today to notify me that the results came back positive. 

My most immediate concern was to get my daughter tested to see whether or not she was infected as well. I managed to get her to the drive-through testing facility just before it closed. My girlfriend and her children went off to get tested as well. Meanwhile, I'm quarantined for 10 days, backdated to Wednesday when I first developed symptoms. So, for now, I'm holed up in the house and working from home. My symptoms so far are minor: A slight runny nose, an occasional cough, a dull headache, minor breathing issues and general fatigue.  

Thankfully, I had already done my shopping for the week, and anything that I find I'm in need of can be ordered off of Instacart and left at my door. I called my close friends and relatives to let them know that I'm positive for COVID-19 and that they should make sure not to walk into the house. My main concern was my father. He's bedridden and, having seen my brother last weekend who then went on to visit my father, I was concerned that I could have infected my father through my brother. The health department did not seem concerned, but I advised my relatives to get tested anyway. I swear this is what it must be like to get an STD and have to notify your partners. 

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