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[Medical stats: I’m clinically obese and prior to Coronavirus, I was a pack a day smoker for 9 months. I have quit for about five weeks. I’m 22 years old, female5’7 / 240 pounds.]


Fear of Coronavirus has been pretty much running my life as of late. It’s a hectic time for anyone, especially the vulnerable. I have not left my house in weeks, live with my mom, make sure to wash my hands often, and my mom’s personal care assistant is the only one who comes by and gets groceries. Other than that, I make sure to follow precautions to a T.

Yesterday and today, I’ve had a cough. I woke up with it yesterday, and it felt a little bit like it did when I began smoking. I thought it was strange, especially since I’ve quit for five weeks and got through without a cough, but I chalked it up to allergies. Today, it’s been worse. It especially ramped up after I swallowed tea down the wrong hole and choked on it a bit - and now that cough has been there sporadically throughout the day.

it is not particularly productive. The cough burns, which in turn makes me anxious, which in turn raises COVID fears. I have a thermometer and do not have a fever but I am keeping an eye out. I woke up with a bit of chills but when I took my temperature, I was genuinely cold - 95.5°F.
The cough turns to me feeling like my breath is not good enough, which turns to anxiety and lightheaded ness, and probably makes it worse. What I can best describe it as is a tickle in my throat that comes and goes and causes the cough.

I’m used to sinus and anxiety issues, but this is making me panic badly. I don’t usually cough a lot. My hope is that this is my lungs clearing themselves after quitting smoking, rather than COVID. If it gets worse or new symptoms develop, I will call a doc. I am currently laying on my stomach and the cough is gone.

My brain is hard wired to focus on Coronavirus news and has been for weeks, which is distressing. It also leads to reassurance seeking because I’m worried about what the virus may do to friends and family and just want everyone to be okay.
 

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Totally understand, given how this pandemic has totally taken over everything else happening anywhere in the world. I think if aliens landed today from a distant galaxy, it would be page 2 news.

Sure sounds like you’ve been totally compliant with taking care of yourself. Also, excellent move quitting! Don’t ever allow yourself to start again, regardless of your stress level.

I’d bet it’s your lungs ridding themselves of the smoking habit, and/or simply a regular bug. A month ago I got that throat tickle. Turned into bronchitis, which came and went, and I rarely have coughing as a symptom when I get a cold or flu.

In a few days you’ll know for sure it’s not COVID, but it’s not.
 

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Totally understand, given how this pandemic has totally taken over everything else happening anywhere in the world. I think if aliens landed today from a distant galaxy, it would be page 2 news.

Sure sounds like you’ve been totally compliant with taking care of yourself. Also, excellent move quitting! Don’t ever allow yourself to start again, regardless of your stress level.

I’d bet it’s your lungs ridding themselves of the smoking habit, and/or simply a regular bug. A month ago I got that throat tickle. Turned into bronchitis, which came and went, and I rarely have coughing as a symptom when I get a cold or flu.

In a few days you’ll know for sure it’s not COVID, but it’s not.
Thank you.
I agree with you. The world looks so different! Things that are going on now were unimaginable even half a year ago. The world looks so much different. I hope that you’re doing alright.

I still have no fever, but still have bouts of chest tightness and shortness of breath. My smell and taste are greatly diminished. I’m keeping my eye out and acting as if I do have it for my mother’s sake. My sinuses are disliking me a bit today - I woke up with the worst sinus pressure. My other thought is that this may be a sinus bug. I’m definitely keeping an eye out.
 

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Could it be allergies? Here there is SO much pollen everywhere right now, my throat has been so sore, I’m sneezing, coughing, etc. But I’m sure it’s from seasonal allergies
 

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Could it be allergies? Here there is SO much pollen everywhere right now, my throat has been so sore, I’m sneezing, coughing, etc. But I’m sure it’s from seasonal allergies
I’ve never had seasonal allergies quite like this. Today, it’s my sinuses. I have diminished sense of smell and no taste at all. I get lightheaded whenever I do some simple activities. My appetite is low. Although I have only coughed once or twice today, I’ve mostly focused on rest.
 

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[Medical stats: I’m clinically obese and prior to Coronavirus, I was a pack a day smoker for 9 months. I have quit for about five weeks. I’m 22 years old, female5’7 / 240 pounds.]


Fear of Coronavirus has been pretty much running my life as of late. It’s a hectic time for anyone, especially the vulnerable. I have not left my house in weeks, live with my mom, make sure to wash my hands often, and my mom’s personal care assistant is the only one who comes by and gets groceries. Other than that, I make sure to follow precautions to a T.

Yesterday and today, I’ve had a cough. I woke up with it yesterday, and it felt a little bit like it did when I began smoking. I thought it was strange, especially since I’ve quit for five weeks and got through without a cough, but I chalked it up to allergies. Today, it’s been worse. It especially ramped up after I swallowed tea down the wrong hole and choked on it a bit - and now that cough has been there sporadically throughout the day.

it is not particularly productive. The cough burns, which in turn makes me anxious, which in turn raises COVID fears. I have a thermometer and do not have a fever but I am keeping an eye out. I woke up with a bit of chills but when I took my temperature, I was genuinely cold - 95.5°F.
The cough turns to me feeling like my breath is not good enough, which turns to anxiety and lightheaded ness, and probably makes it worse. What I can best describe it as is a tickle in my throat that comes and goes and causes the cough.

I’m used to sinus and anxiety issues, but this is making me panic badly. I don’t usually cough a lot. My hope is that this is my lungs clearing themselves after quitting smoking, rather than COVID. If it gets worse or new symptoms develop, I will call a doc. I am currently laying on my stomach and the cough is gone.

My brain is hard wired to focus on Coronavirus news and has been for weeks, which is distressing. It also leads to reassurance seeking because I’m worried about what the virus may do to friends and family and just want everyone to be okay.
I smoked for 20 years and quit overnight thanks to vaping. My lungs went through quite the change which produced lots of coughing and hacking. The coughing is from your lungs trying to rid themselves of all the effects from smoking. I’m sure mine was much worse than yours since I smoked for much longer, but it was definitely scary. Also quitting smoking made me feel funny all over. I was not myself at all. I was always lightheaded, tired, brain fog, headaches etc. Took me a long time to feel “normal” again but it eventually happened. It’s been 5 years since I’ve smoked and I’m glad I stuck it out. Your lungs are just doing their job to keep you healthy :)


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I smoked for 20 years and quit overnight thanks to vaping. My lungs went through quite the change which produced lots of coughing and hacking. The coughing is from your lungs trying to rid themselves of all the effects from smoking. I’m sure mine was much worse than yours since I smoked for much longer, but it was definitely scary. Also quitting smoking made me feel funny all over. I was not myself at all. I was always lightheaded, tired, brain fog, headaches etc. Took me a long time to feel “normal” again but it eventually happened. It’s been 5 years since I’ve smoked and I’m glad I stuck it out. Your lungs are just doing their job to keep you healthy :)


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Thank you!

I’d be more sure it was smoking related if my sinuses were not so miserable. I cannot taste and my smell is diminished. I tend to have vertigo when I move. Not fun. Hope you are well! Congrats on your quit.
 

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It seems we have some things in common. I am also obese, 22 year old female who used to smoke. I know that when I stopped smoking you get a cough. It’s just your lungs trying to get out all the junk in there. I suffer from health anxiety as well and am having a hard time with the coronavirus. If you ever want to talk please message me.
 

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I’m feeling better than I did last week. I began to feel okay at around Friday - Saturday. Stomach issues were the last thing to really heal.
Glad you are feeling better. The loss of smell and taste had me wondering if you may have it but sounds like you are doing great! Hang in there! We are here for you!
 

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Glad you are feeling better. The loss of smell and taste had me wondering if you may have it but sounds like you are doing great! Hang in there! We are here for you!
Thank you! Still doing my best. The smell and taste has gradually gotten better. It’s not completely where it used to be but it has improved.
 

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We are about 90-95% sure my husband had covid-19 as he was exposed at work by a number of people who tested positive and he ran a low grade fever 99.9 (was the highest) and the biggest thing for him was loss of taste and smell, it has actually been almost a month and it is still not back all the way for him he said its about 60% better. But he was able to fight it all off within a week or so. I found a lot of Theraflu and warm drinks were key, you will be A- ok!
 

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We are about 90-95% sure my husband had covid-19 as he was exposed at work by a number of people who tested positive and he ran a low grade fever 99.9 (was the highest) and the biggest thing for him was loss of taste and smell, it has actually been almost a month and it is still not back all the way for him he said its about 60% better. But he was able to fight it all off within a week or so. I found a lot of Theraflu and warm drinks were key, you will be A- ok!
Thank you!
I had a lot of sports drinks last week and they helped me quite a bit. I did not have a fever, although I did have chills and shortness of breath. The lingering symptom tends to be impaired taste and smell. While it is far, far better than it was last week, I still have moments of impairment, so I definitely relate. It’s not all the way there.

I hope your husband continues to feel better! I’m glad that his case was mild.
 
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Thank you!
I had a lot of sports drinks last week and they helped me quite a bit. I did not have a fever, although I did have chills and shortness of breath. The lingering symptom tends to be impaired taste and smell. While it is far, far better than it was last week, I still have moments of impairment, so I definitely relate. It’s not all the way there.

I hope your husband continues to feel better! I’m glad that his case was mild.
This actually scares me, even though I know that relatively, it is far from the worst symptom one could have. I love food, and to think at some point I could lose my ability to taste it, and not know if and when the ability will come back really is an unpleasant thought.

I mean, I guess it would be good news for someone who is trying to lose weight. If food no longer tastes good, you won't be tempted to eat it.
 

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This actually scares me, even though I know that relatively, it is far from the worst symptom one could have. I love food, and to think at some point I could lose my ability to taste it, and not know if and when the ability will come back really is an unpleasant thought.

I mean, I guess it would be good news for someone who is trying to lose weight. If food no longer tastes good, you won't be tempted to eat it.
I have had extended taste and smell issues in the past due to sinus issues, and they came back eventually. I have a feeling it will be similar to this. Although, it is scary.
 
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