Is it possible I had the coronavirus in January?

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I had a very strange illness in January. There was no runny nose or head cold, just a dry cough, fatigue, a bit of a headache, and a fever of about 101°, which was very strange because I practically never get a fever when I get sick (my temp is usually under 98°). I was sure I was in for long bout with whatever it was, but the fever went down by the third day, and after about four days of doing nothing but sleeping, drinking plenty of water, and playing video games, I started to feel much better. The cough lingered a bit, but that's usual for me after any illness that gets into my lungs.

I thought this was very strange because when I get sick the illness usually lasts at least 7 to 10 days, and a flu lasts two weeks, but this, whatever it was, seemed to be mostly gone by the fifth day. It was the shortest "cold" I'd ever had, which was fortunate because I had an operation scheduled for three days after that (and yes, I told them about the "chest cold," but they said it didn't matter).

Is it possible I had the coronavirus? I know the first cases in China were recorded in December and this was the third week in January, so it's possible, but this was in Alabama which didn't have any confirmed cases until today (mid-March) and I hadn't traveled recently.
 
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No one here would be able to make any sort of definitive statements in regards to your situation at that time. It would all be based on pure speculation and that's not really beneficial to you.
 
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January 9 at my endocrinologist appointment I pointed out my glands were swollen. He ignored me and examined my thyroid gland. Days after my appt. I was sick for about 2 months and I have a diagnosed autoimmune condition that I have all my life. My body constantly fights infections that do not have to actually exist. First I was Flu like and had a fever, the fever disappeared after a day or two. Then I had trouble breathing that resembled asthma. I purchased a Flonase inhaler and used it regularly and then purchased a second inhaler after using it up. But the inhaler was not good enough. So, I used 2 different the Flonase and a Benzedrine inhaler together daily for weeks. But I continued to have one gland that was sore and swollen until about a week ago. I read that the Chinese were asking for Roche's Interleukin-6 inhibitor. So, I googled Resveatrol IL-6 and discovered that Resveatrol is a potent IL-6 inhibitor. So, I started supplementing on 500 to 1,000 Milligrams of Res last week. My swelled painful gland went away after a couple days. Now, I feel healthy taking my usual Graves medications plus 500 Milligrams of 98% Resveratrol. I do not have a clue of my illness since I was not tested and I think I might have had a Flu. Is there a way to be tested for Corona if you feel healthy? My timing was when the Corona stated and I have a documented underlying medical condition might make my body fight off certain types infections.
 

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Is there a way to be tested for Corona if you feel healthy? My timing was when the Corona stated and I have a documented underlying medical condition might make my body fight off certain types infections.
The rules surrounding testing are rapidly changing. If you're looking for the most up to date information covering testing and whether you can be tested, the CDC suggests you contact your State Health Department - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/testing-in-us.html / - https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/healthdepartments.html
 
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Hi Eric, I wonder the same thing. I’m a registered nurse currently working in a public hospital in South Australia. Around Dec 3rd we had a cluster of five or six staff come down with severe flu like illness after caring for a patient who had respiratory symptoms. My colleagues were typically off sick for about two weeks and they all tested negative for flu. In addition one I know had raised WCC and CRP, and I believe one or two persisted to pneumonia. They all had a terrible dry persistent cough that continued long after fever, shortness of breath and runny nose had resolved. Then in the following weeks several other staff members came down with the same mystery illness....including myself on Christmas Day. We all agree we’ve never had anything like it, and the cough was very bad. Personally I felt like I’d fractured my sternum the pain was so intense. As far as I’m aware nobody tested positive for any known flu and many were told they must have another virus. I guess without a serology test to check for antibodies, we’ll never know, but would be interested in the opinion of anyone ID related.
Incidentally the patient, from a facility tested positive for an influenza... think A from memory... and was then isolated and barrier nursed. While it would be unlikely she had travelled overseas, I’m sure it’s very feasible one of her carers may have.
Thanks in advance for any opinions.
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Hi Eric, I wonder the same thing. I’m a registered nurse currently working in a public hospital in South Australia. Around Dec 3rd we had a cluster of five or six staff come down with severe flu like illness after caring for a patient who had respiratory symptoms. My colleagues were typically off sick for about two weeks and they all tested negative for flu. In addition one I know had raised WCC and CRP, and I believe one or two persisted to pneumonia. They all had a terrible dry persistent cough that continued long after fever, shortness of breath and runny nose had resolved. Then in the following weeks several other staff members came down with the same mystery illness....including myself on Christmas Day. We all agree we’ve never had anything like it, and the cough was very bad. Personally I felt like I’d fractured my sternum the pain was so intense. As far as I’m aware nobody tested positive for any known flu and many were told they must have another virus. I guess without a serology test to check for antibodies, we’ll never know, but would be interested in the opinion of anyone ID related.
Incidentally the patient, from a facility tested positive for an influenza... think A from memory... and was then isolated and barrier nursed. While it would be unlikely she had travelled overseas, I’m sure it’s very feasible one of her carers may have.
Thanks in advance for any opinions.
Cheers
Hi Tory,
So, The Coronavirus has been floating around for a long time before the Chinese New Year.
Have you tried the Resveratrol 98% supplement? As there are studies that indicate it is an IL-6 inhibitor. This could used to help prevent Cytokines or Cytokine Storms.
I had a blood tests panel during my flu like illness.
My BUN/Creatinine Ratio was an below normal 9.
Hemoglobin and MCH were below normal.
 
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I guess my question relates to the timing. This thing hit in early December on our unit... before the Chinese government had alerted to the existence of it to the world. Hence our laboratories were not looking for it in specimens. I guess what I’m asking is is it possible the Covid19 virus has been circulating outside of China for a lot longer than we thought?
 
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I'm wondering the same sort of thing. I'm from Lorain County, Ohio. The first reported case here was today, but 3 or 4 weeks ago I got sick with what i thought was the flu. I woke up in the middle of the night and realized I had a really high fever. I said out loud "oh no" when I realized how bad I felt. I took tylenol and called off work, thinking I'd be better in a day or 2. Strangely though, The fever did not go away for almost an entire week. I've never in my life had a high fever that lasted 6 or 7 days. I started reading while i was sick in bed and determined that it was definitely a virus, and that it was a respiratory infection. I had never had pneumonia in my life before this. I had super high fever, shaking chills, a bad cough developed and has persisted for 2 weeks after the fever went away. I couldnt keep food down, Smells made me nauseous. I was very dehydrated. There was no talk at the time of caronavirus being where i live, so i followed the advice of my roommates who were also sick (thats how i was exposed) claiming that its just a normal flu. I was never tested, but in hindsight I think i might have had this virus. I hope i did, maybe i have some antibodies for it now. That was the sickest ive ever been in my life, and first time i ever had pneumonia. Is there a way to test myself now? My symptoms are gone except a light cough lingering.
 
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I guess what I’m asking is is it possible the Covid19 virus has been circulating outside of China for a lot longer than we thought?

It's not outside the realm of possibility. The first known case in the US was discovered on Jan 21 in Washington State.
 
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It's not outside the realm of possibility. The first known case in the US was discovered on Jan 21 in Washington State.
I'm wondering the same sort of thing. I'm from Lorain County, Ohio. The first reported case here was today, but 3 or 4 weeks ago I got sick with what i thought was the flu. I woke up in the middle of the night and realized I had a really high fever. I said out loud "oh no" when I realized how bad I felt. I took tylenol and called off work, thinking I'd be better in a day or 2. Strangely though, The fever did not go away for almost an entire week. I've never in my life had a high fever that lasted 6 or 7 days. I started reading while i was sick in bed and determined that it was definitely a virus, and that it was a respiratory infection. I had never had pneumonia in my life before this. I had super high fever, shaking chills, a bad cough developed and has persisted for 2 weeks after the fever went away. I couldnt keep food down, Smells made me nauseous. I was very dehydrated. There was no talk at the time of caronavirus being where i live, so i followed the advice of my roommates who were also sick (thats how i was exposed) claiming that its just a normal flu. I was never tested, but in hindsight I think i might have had this virus. I hope i did, maybe i have some antibodies for it now. That was the sickest ive ever been in my life, and first time i ever had pneumonia. Is there a way to test myself now? My symptoms are gone except a light cough lingering.
 
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I think it’s entirely feasible that the virus has been circulating for longer that we’ve been aware outside of China, especially considering the high movement of people geographically across the world, and the fact there was a period of delayed action after initial identification of this virus... I guess the only way we could know if we’ve already been infected would be to do a serology test to check for antibodies. I don’t think here in South Australia such a test is available atm. I’d be interested to hear the opinion of an infectious diseases doctor on this.



 
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January 9 at my endocrinologist appointment I pointed out my glands were swollen. He ignored me and examined my thyroid gland. Days after my appt. I was sick for about 2 months and I have a diagnosed autoimmune condition that I have all my life. My body constantly fights infections that do not have to actually exist. First I was Flu like and had a fever, the fever disappeared after a day or two. Then I had trouble breathing that resembled asthma. I purchased a Flonase inhaler and used it regularly and then purchased a second inhaler after using it up. But the inhaler was not good enough. So, I used 2 different the Flonase and a Benzedrine inhaler together daily for weeks. But I continued to have one gland that was sore and swollen until about a week ago. I read that the Chinese were asking for Roche's Interleukin-6 inhibitor. So, I googled Resveatrol IL-6 and discovered that Resveatrol is a potent IL-6 inhibitor. So, I started supplementing on 500 to 1,000 Milligrams of Res last week. My swelled painful gland went away after a couple days. Now, I feel healthy taking my usual Graves medications plus 500 Milligrams of 98% Resveratrol. I do not have a clue of my illness since I was not tested and I think I might have had a Flu. Is there a way to be tested for Corona if you feel healthy? My timing was when the Corona stated and I have a documented underlying medical condition might make my body fight off certain types infections.
Have you been tested for food allergies such as gluten (in wheat, rye and barley)? Have you been tested for celiac disease?
 
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I'm wondering the same sort of thing. I'm from Lorain County, Ohio. The first reported case here was today, but 3 or 4 weeks ago I got sick with what i thought was the flu. I woke up in the middle of the night and realized I had a really high fever. I said out loud "oh no" when I realized how bad I felt. I took tylenol and called off work, thinking I'd be better in a day or 2. Strangely though, The fever did not go away for almost an entire week. I've never in my life had a high fever that lasted 6 or 7 days. I started reading while i was sick in bed and determined that it was definitely a virus, and that it was a respiratory infection. I had never had pneumonia in my life before this. I had super high fever, shaking chills, a bad cough developed and has persisted for 2 weeks after the fever went away. I couldnt keep food down, Smells made me nauseous. I was very dehydrated. There was no talk at the time of caronavirus being where i live, so i followed the advice of my roommates who were also sick (thats how i was exposed) claiming that its just a normal flu. I was never tested, but in hindsight I think i might have had this virus. I hope i did, maybe i have some antibodies for it now. That was the sickest ive ever been in my life, and first time i ever had pneumonia. Is there a way to test myself now? My symptoms are gone except a light cough lingering.
Hi Deuce,,Alot of people wonder if an illness they had was the Coronavirus.Being a retired nurse,and having a history of Pneumonia,a few times in my life,I will tell you,that you can get very ill from it.The last time I had Pneumonia was in 2015..and I had Sepsis Pneumonia,which I was admitted to ICU for...I was gravely ill,didnt know who anyone was,and I was only 56 yrs old and in good health otherwise at the time.Anything can happen I suppose regarding this virus..But knowing you very likely Pneumonia or a Very bad flu ,which can be really bad..Causing Nausea Diarrhea,,Dehydration,high Fever ,Chills,and even Blood clots..If you are concerned I would call your Primary Doctor if its possible.Good luck!
 
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Forgot to mention that before I noticed my glands were swelled up before Jan 9 and I mentioned it to my Doctor.
On December 25 Xmas I booked a free room at Caesars Hotel and Casino in AC NJ.
The room was free because on Xmas very few people gamble as they are busy with family.
So, it was an opportunity for me to get away during the holiday.
I was gambling all night with a crowd of predominately Asian gamblers.
And the COVID-19 origin is supposedly from China.
And in my opinion Casinos are the places to pick up diseases.
 
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Forgot to mention that before I noticed my glands were swelled up before Jan 9 and I mentioned it to my Doctor.
On December 25 Xmas I booked a free room at Caesars Hotel and Casino in AC NJ.
The room was free because on Xmas very few people gamble as they are busy with family.
So, it was an opportunity for me to get away during the holiday.
I was gambling all night with a crowd of predominately Asian gamblers.
And the COVID-19 origin is supposedly from China.
And in my opinion Casinos are the places to pick up diseases.

im not an expert but i believe swollen glands mean bacterial infection
 
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I had a very strange illness in January. There was no runny nose or head cold, just a dry cough, fatigue, a bit of a headache, and a fever of about 101°, which was very strange because I practically never get a fever when I get sick (my temp is usually under 98°). I was sure I was in for long bout with whatever it was, but the fever went down by the third day, and after about four days of doing nothing but sleeping, drinking plenty of water, and playing video games, I started to feel much better. The cough lingered a bit, but that's usual for me after any illness that gets into my lungs.

I thought this was very strange because when I get sick the illness usually lasts at least 7 to 10 days, and a flu lasts two weeks, but this, whatever it was, seemed to be mostly gone by the fifth day. It was the shortest "cold" I'd ever had, which was fortunate because I had an operation scheduled for three days after that (and yes, I told them about the "chest cold," but they said it didn't matter).

Is it possible I had the coronavirus? I know the first cases in China were recorded in December and this was the third week in January, so it's possible, but this was in Alabama which didn't have any confirmed cases until today (mid-March) and I hadn't traveled recently.
About the same here, lasted longer because I didn't rest, symptoms pretty close to identical. I never get sick, been about 20 years since I had flu like symptoms.
 
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Also, When I had a fever and was very sick I went to Walmart and shopped with my Wife.
During our shopping I was so sick I started to faint so I told my wife I was so sick that I went outside and stayed in the car until I was well enough to drive. Stayed home for a couple days laying in bed too sick to go outside. I am an old weekend warrior and I ignore any type of sickness I have had all my life. But, this bug was really nasty. My fever lasted a couple days. And my breathing was stressed for a long time. And I force fed myself and lost a lot of weight down to 168 Pounds. I am recovering now. Had an emergency visit at the Urgent Care Center last week and the ER Doctor diagnosed me with a Stomach Virus. He gave me a Surgical Mask told me I was very contagious and said to wear it all the time. Prescribed me Zofran. Now, I can hold down food and my bad stomach is almost gone. I don't know what I had and there were no tests for COVID-19 last week unless you are an EMT or Medical Worker in my State. Still need to use the Benzedrex Inhaler once a day in order to Breath. Also, I mentioned to the ER doctor that I thought I might have COVID-19 he laughed. I guess everyone has COVID-19?
 
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I had a very strange illness on February 28, 2020 that lasted all of half that day. I remember because I commented to my best friend (and bothered to look back and note it in my Calendar) in text of the mildest of symptoms, as you said "mildest cold I ever had", specifically brief "flash fevers" that lasted about half a minute or so. Maybe one flash fever about every hour or two. Along with "brain fog" which I am also *not* prone to. For about half the day. Never had anything like that before or since. Along with it was the mildest of sore throats and a barely perceptible very rare dry cough; and "clicky ears" (Eustachian tube inflammation) which got me worried because since childhood I'm prone to ear/nose/throat/strep infections. Other than that, I've not succumbed to the seasonal cold or flu in several years and take care of my body better than most.

Went home and nursed it with known broad spectrum antimicrobial (including antiviral) Citricidal and the the usual no sugar fluids, rest. Took some mondo numbers of quality probiotics as backup army.

Gone the next day (a month or more later 2 days of seasonal allergies were in comparison worse, but old school diphenhydramine still did the trick).

Just days to about 2 weeks prior to this, but before I'd ever heard of "coronavirus" I overheard co-workers saying all the employees were getting sick...
 
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Based on the fact that we really don't know a whole lot about this virus, I'd say it's possible, but not confirmed, that any one of us could (1) have already been infected and might not have shown many, if any, of the symptoms, or (2) potentially be carrying the virus but our bodies have something that's preventing us from getting sick.

These are very unsettling times we are in so please don't take any unnecessary chances.
 
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I have read several testimonies of people that have had the virus. and some science articles about the uniqueness that sometimes you get sick and in 5 to 7 days starts to get better, just to have it come back much stronger. I cannot remember that ever happening to me before. That is the symptoms i had at the end of December, starting January. I got my results from a strep test on the 2st of Jan. Negative for strep. Wished they still had the sample. After it came back stronger I had sever sore throat, Fever for about 2 days, some congestion that was not unbearable. Cannot recall any headache. Typical flu symptoms. All total it lasted about 3 weeks.
I work at the USPS as a rural carrier in Ohio, and one clerk there also had the same symptoms.
Been trying to find out if and how I can get tested for antibodies. I have read they are somewhat available but cannot find anyone who is testing.
 
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Can you test positive after a full recovery from Convid19?
Not a test for the virus, a test for the antibodies that your body produces to fight the virus. Typically they will hang around a few months to possibly years. Depends on your body and other conditions.
 
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Dec 15th to January 18th I was sick as well. I went to the doctor's twice because I've never been sick for that long. It was a strange sickness. Heavy dry coughing that got worse at night. Sore throat, hurt to swallow. I lost my voice for a week. Congestion in my lungs. Fatigued. The doctor said on the first visit that it was Laryngitis (primary encounter diagnosis) Physicians Note: Discussed of a viral nature of this. Then on Jan 2nd I went back again because I was still sick with a sore throat and coughing. This time they said it was Acute tonsillitis, unspecified etiology (primary encounter diagnosis)TM's clear b/l, N-congested, T-mild erythema with sl R tonsillar enlargement, no exudate. I recall the doctor saying that there is something respiratory related going around. Again, this was on Jan 2nd. The CDC was notified on January 3rd.
 

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