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2020-03-23 10:34:42 AM  
Thanks for putting that information behind a paywall. Doesn't matter, just asthma for me. I have to work to suppress my couching though as not to freak everyone out when I'm in public.
 
2020-03-23 12:45:52 PM  
Well since my symptoms aren't fever and cough, but rather the same sneezing and itchy eyes I get every pollen season, I'm diagnosing myself with allergies
 
2020-03-23 12:47:18 PM  
...Or, if you live in the Northeast, repeated cycles of dry/wet warm/cold with random bursts of tree pollen mean that little things like waking up, going outside, taking a shower, or drinking a cup of coffee can give you a coughing fit even if you're otherwise healthy.

What I'm saying is that my life has flashed before my eyes every time I've cleared my throat in the last two weeks.

/ Not really
// But a little bit really
 
2020-03-23 12:48:36 PM  
I'm screwed. My diabetes and blood pressure feel like this crap, during a flare up. I guess I'll just avoid people for the rest of my life. Meh. I hate people any way. And they don't like me. SSDD.
 
2020-03-23 12:49:55 PM  
Also, some BP meds have cough as a side effect: Lisinopril and Valsartan, to name two. I have previously been on each of those. My current BP medicine (Cardura/Doxazosin) doesn't list cough directly, but it does list runny nose, which, when it drains down the throat, induces cough.
 
2020-03-23 12:53:01 PM  
The great thing about the Coronavirus is that now if people seemingly intentionally walk up and cough on you they're an asshole.
 
2020-03-23 12:53:26 PM  
If diarrhea is a rare symptom, I must be negative.
 
2020-03-23 12:53:51 PM  
For my part, it's "sinusitis and bronchitis." Been dealing with that for the last several days. Little or no fever, but sinus congestion, pain, bleeding, sore throat, coughing, and chest irritation.

Common issue for me - I've had sinus & ear infections since I was a kid. I've popped my eardrums more than once. I've had permanent T-tubes for some time, and some years ago I underwent surgery to remove sinus polyps & fix a septal spur.

COVID-19 need not apply.
 
2020-03-23 12:54:21 PM  

Martian_Astronomer: ...Or, if you live in the Northeast, repeated cycles of dry/wet warm/cold with random bursts of tree pollen mean that little things like waking up, going outside, taking a shower, or drinking a cup of coffee can give you a coughing fit even if you're otherwise healthy.

What I'm saying is that my life has flashed before my eyes every time I've cleared my throat in the last two weeks.

/ Not really
// But a little bit really


Yeah, this is my life now.  Seems like fever is the universal indicator.  I'm taking my temp regularly since my workplace had a case last week.  7 more days and I'm clear for a nice uneventful shelter-in-place.
 
2020-03-23 12:54:28 PM  
Considering I already have asthma, and I'm 50 years old, I generally have some sort of respiratory thing going on anyway.  Especially during the entire winter.  I've been blowing my nose since September.

Yet, I don't feel sick.

But ever since this new thing ramped up, every time I feel a pain in my body or a cough that feels a little different, I'm like, "Well...  I got the Covid!"
 
2020-03-23 12:54:39 PM  

Martian_Astronomer: ...Or, if you live in the Northeast, repeated cycles of dry/wet warm/cold with random bursts of tree pollen mean that little things like waking up, going outside, taking a shower, or drinking a cup of coffee can give you a coughing fit even if you're otherwise healthy.

What I'm saying is that my life has flashed before my eyes every time I've cleared my throat in the last two weeks.

/ Not really
// But a little bit really


This. I went for a long hike yesterday and it was cold and dry so for about half an hour afterwards I had a bit of a dry cough. I ran into the office to pick up some paperwork and one of the production workers heard me cough from across the room and had a fit because I was coming to work outside of my normal house. She then proceeded to come across the room and get close to tell me this.....
 
2020-03-23 12:56:57 PM  

Unobtanium: Also, some BP meds have cough as a side effect: Lisinopril and Valsartan, to name two. I have previously been on each of those. My current BP medicine (Cardura/Doxazosin) doesn't list cough directly, but it does list runny nose, which, when it drains down the throat, induces cough.


Amlodipine, losartan, and HCTZ for my hypertension.

A bit of good news - losartan might help with COVID-19 symptoms. Once again, my infirmities place me ahead of the curve. Whoo.
 
2020-03-23 12:57:00 PM  
Coronavirus, Influenza, or Allergies

Allergy:  Coronavirus and Influenza come with a fever.  No fever means you can safely bet it's allergies, infection is exceptionally unlikely.  Keep an eye out for spiking a fever however this will make you change your conclusion.  Random internet jackasses posting their anecdotes otherwise does not change this.

Influenza/Coronavirus:  There is no way to differentiate based on symptoms.  The only way to tell is to test yourself.  If you have no high risk contacts (people known to have Coronavirus, or you recently traveled internationally to hot spots, or were near people etc) then it would be reasonable to get a flu swab.  If it's Flu+, then it is by far most likely you just have the flu.  Co-infection is exceptionally unlikely.  You do not need a COVID-19 test.
 
2020-03-23 12:57:23 PM  
Oooh, luckily my allergies have resulted in bronchitis 3 times and walking pneumonia twice.
 
2020-03-23 12:58:07 PM  

durbnpoisn: Considering I already have asthma, and I'm 50 years old, I generally have some sort of respiratory thing going on anyway.  Especially during the entire winter.  I've been blowing my nose since September.

Yet, I don't feel sick.

But ever since this new thing ramped up, every time I feel a pain in my body or a cough that feels a little different, I'm like, "Well...  I got the Covid!"


This
 
2020-03-23 12:59:24 PM  

waxbeans: durbnpoisn: Considering I already have asthma, and I'm 50 years old, I generally have some sort of respiratory thing going on anyway.  Especially during the entire winter.  I've been blowing my nose since September.

Yet, I don't feel sick.

But ever since this new thing ramped up, every time I feel a pain in my body or a cough that feels a little different, I'm like, "Well...  I got the Covid!"

This


This
 
2020-03-23 1:00:13 PM  

FormlessOne: Unobtanium: Also, some BP meds have cough as a side effect: Lisinopril and Valsartan, to name two. I have previously been on each of those. My current BP medicine (Cardura/Doxazosin) doesn't list cough directly, but it does list runny nose, which, when it drains down the throat, induces cough.

Amlodipine, losartan, and HCTZ for my hypertension.

A bit of good news - losartan might help with COVID-19 symptoms. Once again, my infirmities place me ahead of the curve. Whoo.


Hasn't Losartan (and generics) been recalled due to some kind of cancer-causing impurity?
 
2020-03-23 1:01:05 PM  

Mugato: Thanks for putting that information behind a paywall. Doesn't matter, just asthma for me. I have to work to suppress my couching though as not to freak everyone out when I'm in public.


Same here....although to get some separation at the grocery store I did think about it
 
2020-03-23 1:04:08 PM  
I have had hay fever all my life.
I don't recall it ever causing me to cough.
 
2020-03-23 1:05:46 PM  
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2020-03-23 1:06:08 PM  

FormlessOne: A bit of good news - losartan might help with COVID-19 symptoms.


Oh, great. Now there'll be a run on that, too!
 
2020-03-23 1:06:17 PM  

memerat: FormlessOne: Unobtanium: Also, some BP meds have cough as a side effect: Lisinopril and Valsartan, to name two. I have previously been on each of those. My current BP medicine (Cardura/Doxazosin) doesn't list cough directly, but it does list runny nose, which, when it drains down the throat, induces cough.

Amlodipine, losartan, and HCTZ for my hypertension.

A bit of good news - losartan might help with COVID-19 symptoms. Once again, my infirmities place me ahead of the curve. Whoo.

Hasn't Losartan (and generics) been recalled due to some kind of cancer-causing impurity?


Recalls are typically not due to the specific named medication but are rather are due to impurities left in the medication during the process of creating it.  So I'm betting the recall you're referring to -- some specific lots of the drug created by a specific manufacturer were recalled.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/h​e​alth/2019/09/23/losartan-recall-fda-sa​ys-more-blood-pressure-medicine-has-ca​ncer-risk/2418140001/

Also, even if your med does have the cancer-causing impurity, as with all medical decisions, you should talk to your doctor before stopping it.  Sure, small increase in chance of cancer but stopping it cold turkey may be significantly worse decision for your health.
 
2020-03-23 1:06:56 PM  

AngryDragon: Seems like fever is the universal indicator.


Was for SARS, too.

That said, influenza causes fevers, too.
 
2020-03-23 1:07:54 PM  
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This is a neat matrix of symptoms and possible conditions.:  https://www.datawrapper.de/_/2mKkR/
 
2020-03-23 1:08:17 PM  

foo monkey: If diarrhea is a rare symptom, I must be negative.


user name checks out.
 
2020-03-23 1:09:41 PM  
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Why sneeze once when you can sneeze 20 times in a row. Such fun.
 
2020-03-23 1:11:58 PM  

memerat: A bit of good news - losartan might help with COVID-19 symptoms.


Source?  I'm on it so I'm curious.
 
2020-03-23 1:14:45 PM  

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This remains the most accurate representation of my life right now that I've seen in meme form. Lifelong spring and fall allergy sufferer, and they're moderate to severe. Every time I blow my nose I'm getting the real life equivalent of the "Luigi death stare." Of course, if that's the worst I have to deal with during all of this I'm going to count myself as a fortunate man.
 
2020-03-23 1:17:16 PM  
I've had a dry cough for days, but I've also had periodic dry coughs my entire adult life, likely a combination of acid reflux and allergies. I'm not worrying much until I experience other symptoms.

I'm also working out every day and am regularly shaving a few seconds off my (admittedly not particularly good) 5K times, and I imagine I wouldn't be able to do that if I were sick; I assume some combo of fatigue and difficulty breathing would make itself known in those circumstances.
 
2020-03-23 1:17:34 PM  
Stay up all night drinking whiskey, doing blasters, and chain smoking and wonder about symptoms the next day
 
2020-03-23 1:30:46 PM  

Admiral General Aladeen News: waxbeans: durbnpoisn: Considering I already have asthma, and I'm 50 years old, I generally have some sort of respiratory thing going on anyway.  Especially during the entire winter.  I've been blowing my nose since September.

Yet, I don't feel sick.

But ever since this new thing ramped up, every time I feel a pain in my body or a cough that feels a little different, I'm like, "Well...  I got the Covid!"

This

This


Those. But I'm also a bit of a hypochondriac (love the new term, "cyberchondriac," which means I look up everything first, then decide I have the worst-case scenario). This has actually calmed me down because I'll look up COVID-19 symptoms and realize I don't have it because I don't have a 100-degree fever.
 
2020-03-23 1:32:48 PM  
They forgot the lack of smell and taste for coronavirus (I had this too, just before I popped a headache and the fever).
 
2020-03-23 1:35:05 PM  
So what if I have a wet cough?
 
2020-03-23 1:36:28 PM  

TomFooolery: So what if I have a wet cough?


Sorry, you have the Boonesfarmvirus.
 
2020-03-23 1:37:51 PM  

TomFooolery: So what if I have a wet cough?


TB.
 
2020-03-23 1:39:31 PM  
We had an early spring down on the Gulf of Mexico. The pollen is already off the charts and my hostas are already coming up.

The oak trees are getting ready to let loose with the pine trees right behind them.
 
2020-03-23 1:40:40 PM  
I'm going with fever as the thing to look for. It may be just the regular flu, but my actions of going to bed and staying there are the same. In other news, I got an email selling a thermometer gun to take someone's temperature from a distance. Shooting fish in a barrel.

durbnpoisn: Considering I already have asthma, and I'm 50 years old, I generally have some sort of respiratory thing going on anyway.  Especially during the entire winter.  I've been blowing my nose since September.

Yet, I don't feel sick.

But ever since this new thing ramped up, every time I feel a pain in my body or a cough that feels a little different, I'm like, "Well...  I got the Covid!"


Woke up in the middle of the night a week back coughing and over heated. My emotional mind immediately went to "fever, cough, OMG I've got the covid!!!" Then my logical mind woke up and said "You moron, you feel cold when you have a fever, not hot, and your coughing because you were sleeping with your mouth open again and it's dry in here, so your throat is dry Kick some covers off, close your mouth, and go back to sleep.". I love my logical mind.

/The information on the heart medicine reducing the spread is good news for me as my husband is on that drug.
 
2020-03-23 1:53:16 PM  

Mitch Taylor's Bro: I don't have a 100-degree fever.


I wouldn't take comfort in that if you are checking off all the other boxes. I never popped over 100 (at least all the times I was able to take my temp). But I'm almost DAMN certain I have covid.

/fortunately the doc took one look at my arms and went "Oh you're getting tested right now!"
//what was weird was the hushed tones. You could tell he didn't want to make it obvious I was getting it. . .
 
2020-03-23 1:57:58 PM  

Peki: They forgot the lack of smell and taste for coronavirus (I had this too, just before I popped a headache and the fever).


I just heard about this this morning, so I'm not sure how definitive it is. Hope you can get tested and don't actually have COVID-19.

Swear to dog, I would like to get tested to see if I HAD COVID-19 back in late January. I had a weird cold/flu-like illness that was so unlike anything I'd ever experienced, I actually kept a diary of my symptoms. But the timing is a little too early to have been community spread, so, once again, it's probably just me being a hypochondriac.
 
2020-03-23 2:03:43 PM  

Mitch Taylor's Bro: Hope you can get tested and don't actually have COVID-19.


I did get tested, fortunately. I've been trying to track down the results this weekend, but keep getting told "wait for a phone call." I'd like to hug my son this week. :(

Mitch Taylor's Bro: Swear to dog, I would like to get tested to see if I HAD COVID-19 back in late January. I had a weird cold/flu-like illness that was so unlike anything I'd ever experienced, I actually kept a diary of my symptoms. But the timing is a little too early to have been community spread, so, once again, it's probably just me being a hypochondriac.


Now THAT sounds like covid. "It's like a cold, but not. . . it's like a flu, but not. . ." It is a very weird disease. 

Late January? I don't think that timeline is that off. When they come out with the antibody test, I'd get it if I were you. I suspect THAT test will end up giving us the true numbers of just had bad this is/was/will be.
 
2020-03-23 2:06:22 PM  

TomFooolery: So what if I have a wet cough?


Whatever is causing it, cover it! :-)

Peki: Mitch Taylor's Bro: I don't have a 100-degree fever.

I wouldn't take comfort in that if you are checking off all the other boxes. I never popped over 100 (at least all the times I was able to take my temp). But I'm almost DAMN certain I have covid.

/fortunately the doc took one look at my arms and went "Oh you're getting tested right now!"
//what was weird was the hushed tones. You could tell he didn't want to make it obvious I was getting it. . .


Well, I always have a dry cough, due to being borderline asthmatic with a lifelong history of allergies. So, the fever is the #1 indicator for me.
 
2020-03-23 2:08:35 PM  

Mitch Taylor's Bro: Admiral General Aladeen News: waxbeans: durbnpoisn: Considering I already have asthma, and I'm 50 years old, I generally have some sort of respiratory thing going on anyway.  Especially during the entire winter.  I've been blowing my nose since September.

Yet, I don't feel sick.

But ever since this new thing ramped up, every time I feel a pain in my body or a cough that feels a little different, I'm like, "Well...  I got the Covid!"

This

This

Those. But I'm also a bit of a hypochondriac (love the new term, "cyberchondriac," which means I look up everything first, then decide I have the worst-case scenario). This has actually calmed me down because I'll look up COVID-19 symptoms and realize I don't have it because I don't have a 100-degree fever.


I am of the mind that this thing has been around for far longer than people are aware.

My wife got sick last summer.  Ended up in the hospital.  They told her it was pneumonia.
Now, last time I had pneumonia, they told me that based on a test showing that I had that strain of bacteria.  When they told my wife that's what she had, I took at for real that they were basing their diagnosis on a similar test.

But now we are hearing that tons of cases of pneumonia had been misdiagnosed over the past few months.

Pardon my ignorance, but I thought that a diagnosis like that was based on more than an xray where they say, "Yep, that's fluid.  Must be pneumonia."

I don't think we'll ever really know.  Except for one thing...  If this thing is really THAT contagious then why didn't we all get it back then?

There are only 2 explanations for this:
1.  She really had pneumonia.
2.  She had COVID-19, and gave it to everyone around here, but no one showed symptoms.

Which brings me back to something I said earlier today...  I think everyone in this society has had, has now, or will have this virus before long.
 
2020-03-23 2:11:02 PM  

Peki: Mitch Taylor's Bro: Hope you can get tested and don't actually have COVID-19.

I did get tested, fortunately. I've been trying to track down the results this weekend, but keep getting told "wait for a phone call." I'd like to hug my son this week. :(

Mitch Taylor's Bro: Swear to dog, I would like to get tested to see if I HAD COVID-19 back in late January. I had a weird cold/flu-like illness that was so unlike anything I'd ever experienced, I actually kept a diary of my symptoms. But the timing is a little too early to have been community spread, so, once again, it's probably just me being a hypochondriac.

Now THAT sounds like covid. "It's like a cold, but not. . . it's like a flu, but not. . ." It is a very weird disease. 

Late January? I don't think that timeline is that off. When they come out with the antibody test, I'd get it if I were you. I suspect THAT test will end up giving us the true numbers of just had bad this is/was/will be.


I'll wait it out. The healthcare system isn't going to be able to handle situations like mine for quite some time. And if I find out many months later that I already had it, yay for me! I had a light case.
 
2020-03-23 2:21:54 PM  

durbnpoisn: Mitch Taylor's Bro: Admiral General Aladeen News: waxbeans: durbnpoisn: Considering I already have asthma, and I'm 50 years old, I generally have some sort of respiratory thing going on anyway.  Especially during the entire winter.  I've been blowing my nose since September.

Yet, I don't feel sick.

But ever since this new thing ramped up, every time I feel a pain in my body or a cough that feels a little different, I'm like, "Well...  I got the Covid!"

This

This

Those. But I'm also a bit of a hypochondriac (love the new term, "cyberchondriac," which means I look up everything first, then decide I have the worst-case scenario). This has actually calmed me down because I'll look up COVID-19 symptoms and realize I don't have it because I don't have a 100-degree fever.

I am of the mind that this thing has been around for far longer than people are aware.

My wife got sick last summer.  Ended up in the hospital.  They told her it was pneumonia.
Now, last time I had pneumonia, they told me that based on a test showing that I had that strain of bacteria.  When they told my wife that's what she had, I took at for real that they were basing their diagnosis on a similar test.

But now we are hearing that tons of cases of pneumonia had been misdiagnosed over the past few months.

Pardon my ignorance, but I thought that a diagnosis like that was based on more than an xray where they say, "Yep, that's fluid.  Must be pneumonia."

I don't think we'll ever really know.  Except for one thing...  If this thing is really THAT contagious then why didn't we all get it back then?

There are only 2 explanations for this:
1.  She really had pneumonia.
2.  She had COVID-19, and gave it to everyone around here, but no one showed symptoms.

Which brings me back to something I said earlier today...  I think everyone in this society has had, has now, or will have this virus before long.


There are bacterial and viral forms of pneumonia. The viral type took my mom's life in 2018. They didn't even test her. She got so bad, so fast, they just prescribed every known type of antibiotic for bacterial pneumonia. Three days later, when nothing was working and she'd gone from 75% lung capacity to 25%, she went into hospice.

Also, while we're hearing that this thing is at least twice as contagious as the flu, it's still not nearly as bad as the measles. And the numbers are very far from being complete, but I think the number of people who had this is very small, the number who have it now is comparatively large, but neither compares to the number of uninfected. Things will get worse before they get better. But they will get better, so let's focus on that while we're all doing what we can to limit community spread.
 
2020-03-23 2:27:21 PM  

durbnpoisn: Considering I already have asthma, and I'm 50 years old, I generally have some sort of respiratory thing going on anyway.  Especially during the entire winter.  I've been blowing my nose since September.

Yet, I don't feel sick.

But ever since this new thing ramped up, every time I feel a pain in my body or a cough that feels a little different, I'm like, "Well...  I got the Covid!"


I've had a sore throat for a week from nasal drip, but not once had a fever.  Yesterday morning I coughed, and almost started crying from anxiety.

Then last night my 4 year old coughed, and I had a near panic attack.  This shiat is so horrible mentally
 
2020-03-23 2:27:31 PM  

Mitch Taylor's Bro: Swear to dog, I would like to get tested to see if I HAD COVID-19 back in late January. I had a weird cold/flu-like illness that was so unlike anything I'd ever experienced, I actually kept a diary of my symptoms. But the timing is a little too early to have been community spread, so, once again, it's probably just me being a hypochondriac.


Did it start off as a dry cough, then progress to strange lung sounds, and about a week or two in you get coughs so bad that it makes you see lights in a dark room and your ancillary chest muscles ache from over use?  There were also some points where I had a sore throat, but it wasn't "can't swallow without first taking some Chloraspetic" bad.

If so, I got it too.  And the damned cough won't go away, but it's less frequent (maybe every 1-2 hours).  It still feels like there's a tickle in the back of my throat, and the other day I was over at a friend's house that's surrounded by trees and I went into his garage and the smell of rot and mold just set me off coughing for a good minute or so.

I've never had allergies that I know of, although I *have* been diagnosed with asthma that hadn't acted up for *years*.

The CVS minute clinic said it was sinusitis and an ear infection (about 5 days into it) ... then gave me an antibiotic and recommended allergy meds.  A week later, they said it was still there, so gave me another antibiotic and some prescription cough meds.  A week later, and my doctor told me to stop going to CVS minute clinic and gave me yet another antibiotic (and then a repeat of it 2 weeks later), some stronger cough meds, recommend I use my inhaller whenever I coughed, and sent me in for some scan of my lungs that showed nothing.

I then had another followup 3 weeks later with my doctor, and well, I still know nothing.  And it's been 9 or 10 weeks so far.  At least I'm past the "I hurt so much I don't want to move", and I can mostly sleep through the night (woke up choking one night ... for many weeks, I was keeping a towel on my pillow for when I woke up with a hacking non-dry cough)
 
2020-03-23 3:06:33 PM  

Oneiros: Did it start off as a dry cough, then progress to strange lung sounds, and about a week or two in you get coughs so bad that it makes you see lights in a dark room and your ancillary chest muscles ache from over use? There were also some points where I had a sore throat, but it wasn't "can't swallow without first taking some Chloraspetic" bad.

If so, I got it too. And the damned cough won't go away, but it's less frequent (maybe every 1-2 hours). It still feels like there's a tickle in the back of my throat, and the other day I was over at a friend's house that's surrounded by trees and I went into his garage and the smell of rot and mold just set me off coughing for a good minute or so.

I've never had allergies that I know of, although I *have* been diagnosed with asthma that hadn't acted up for *years*.

The CVS minute clinic said it was sinusitis and an ear infection (about 5 days into it) ... then gave me an antibiotic and recommended allergy meds. A week later, they said it was still there, so gave me another antibiotic and some prescription cough meds. A week later, and my doctor told me to stop going to CVS minute clinic and gave me yet another antibiotic (and then a repeat of it 2 weeks later), some stronger cough meds, recommend I use my inhaller whenever I coughed, and sent me in for some scan of my lungs that showed nothing.

I then had another followup 3 weeks later with my doctor, and well, I still know nothing. And it's been 9 or 10 weeks so far. At least I'm past the "I hurt so much I don't want to move", and I can mostly sleep through the night (woke up choking one night ... for many weeks, I was keeping a towel on my pillow for when I woke up with a hacking non-dry cough)


You had whooping cough.
 
2020-03-23 3:28:19 PM  

durbnpoisn: I am of the mind that this thing has been around for far longer than people are aware.


Its possible, but i suspect not.  The first major outbreak in the US was a nursing home in Washington State.  From what i've read, of 120 residents 13 were known to have died from Covid 19, and and and another 13 had died during the same time period with cause of death unknown.  I suspect if this thing had been circulating longer, we'd have had other instances where 10-20% of a nursing home's population died off suddenly, and we'd have heard about it.  But as i say, that's a suspicion.
 
2020-03-23 3:31:22 PM  

Mitch Taylor's Bro: Also, while we're hearing that this thing is at least twice as contagious as the flu, it's still not nearly as bad as the measles. And the numbers are very far from being complete, but I think the number of people who had this is very small, the number who have it now is comparatively large, but neither compares to the number of uninfected. Things will get worse before they get better. But they will get better, so let's focus on that while we're all doing what we can to limit community spread.


Perhaps I'm wrong to jump the gun here, but I really do feel that every single person in the world is going to get this at some point.  The purpose behind keeping everyone locked down is to spread it out over a longer period of time.  Because only then it can be managed.  All at once, and that's where the real problems are.

They aren't even talking about treatment or a cure.  All they are talking about is slowing the spread.

So I don't think I'm too far off the mark with this.  Don't assume that these safety measures will keep you from ever getting it.  Assume that there will be better treatment when you do.
 
2020-03-23 5:07:10 PM  

TomFooolery: So what if I have a wet cough?


Pneumonia, or you ate some dairy, or you smoke, or you made too much mucus because of chaos theory and your body isn't a machine that produces every bodily function perfectly.

Not a doctor, but people acting like this is some Hollywood movie disease is getting annoying. You would hopefully know how much coughing and sneezing is normal for you. And people need to calm down. You've been around adults your whole life. Are you really gonna start burning witches because Bob sneezes twice today and coughed 3 times and cleared his throat once over the 8 hours? That is normal. My dogs and cats make more noise than I do (excluding farts. My diet is terrible. Me and Old Fart Henery could probably be a capella group.)
 
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