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I think I may have coronavirus!

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I was riding my bike around in the cold yesterday and this morning I woke up with a slight cough. I went to labcorp to have blood drawn last week, it is in a hospital but nobody was in it besides me. I go to church every Sunday. I went to a dr.s office last week for a follow up appointment because she wanted to recheck my thyroid. I'm scared i was exposed to the virus somehow! Do I go to the hospital and get checked or just see what happens? Am I doomed? I live next to Washington and they have cases there!
 

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Doomed? NO. Virus? I would imagine riding a bike around in cold weather might make anybody have a sore throat. Here we have a classic example of what will happen a lot. Normal cold or sore throat and people will think it has to be the virus. i am sure loads of other people out there are doing this exact same thing. Ring up your local doctor or hospital if you must. They will give you further instructions on what to do. Don't be surprised if it is just a normal cold / sore throat from been out in the cold on your bike.
 

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I just had the classic coronvirus symptoms, sore throat, fever, dry cough, aching muscles, went to doctor last week and she checked me out and sent me home. Still having lingering cough, but much better now. Oh, l also had an ear infection.
 

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I just had the classic coronvirus symptoms, sore throat, fever, dry cough, aching muscles, went to doctor last week and she checked me out and sent me home. Still having lingering cough, but much better now. Oh, l also had an ear infection.
Do you live near where people have it to?
 

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Being in the cold does not make people sick. Exposure to those who have the virus makes you sick, but from what you're saying it seems like it hasn't been found in your community yet, so this is at least a bit of solace.
Call your doctor to discuss your symptoms and see what they suggest. You are not doomed. There are people like me living in densely populated regions where you can't do a single thing at all period and not be in a crowd. No one is doomed. If we get corona virus, we are still not doomed because most people who get it are not dying. We have to stay calm, contact our doctors if we feel we're sick with it and follow instructions.
It's a matter of how we look at things. Being born essentially dooms us because at some point we are all going to die. This logic could extend to any little thing because we never know what might be the reason that we die.
Try to stay calm and write down a plan for yourself of what you're doing to protect yourself and what steps you will take if you get the illness. Then you will know you're doing all in your power to protect yourself in any event.
Think back to pandemics in history when we knew zero about infectious disease. Everyone didn't even get sick back then.
 

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There’s a good chance you don’t have it. You most likely have a regular cold. Unless you live in an area where people have gotten it, I wouldn’t worry at all. If you go to the dr.+ demand app/website they have a free corona virus assessment you can take to see if you possible have it and your risk of it. It really helped my anxiety over it!
 

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I live in Australia, its not too bad here yet. But they are predicting that 50-70% of the world population will get this virus. That is very bad news for me as my immune system low at present. IF l get it, my body will have to fight very hard, and my chances of survival are less than your normal healthy average adult. I seem be catching colds and flu's from my family members quiet easily, whereas 2 years ago, l never got sick so l am feeling anxious about this cornovirus spread.
 

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There’s a good chance you don’t have it. You most likely have a regular cold. Unless you live in an area where people have gotten it, I wouldn’t worry at all. If you go to the dr.+ demand app/website they have a free corona virus assessment you can take to see if you possible have it and your risk of it. It really helped my anxiety over it!
What website are you talking about? I live in northern Idaho and people have been dying in Washington and there are a few cases in Spokane. Some of the local schools have closed down for deep cleanings. I am at the dr.s right now though waiting for her to come in. Let's see what she has to say...
I live in Australia, its not too bad here yet. But they are predicting that 50-70% of the world population will get this virus. That is very bad news for me as my immune system low at present. IF l get it, my body will have to fight very hard, and my chances of survival are less than your normal healthy average adult. I seem be catching colds and flu's from my family members quiet easily, whereas 2 years ago, l never got sick so l am feeling anxious about this cornovirus spread.
Ya I just found out I'm pregnant so I am sure that screws me!
 

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If you look up doctor on demand they have a corona virus assessment you can take
 

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Everyone is sick right now it seems.
I'm just getting over a bad cold the wife also.
id not worry too much about that rare thing the Coronavirus.
Just know that health anxiety is Just trying to scare you.
 

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I was riding my bike around in the cold yesterday and this morning I woke up with a slight cough. I went to labcorp to have blood drawn last week, it is in a hospital but nobody was in it besides me. I go to church every Sunday. I went to a dr.s office last week for a follow up appointment because she wanted to recheck my thyroid. I'm scared i was exposed to the virus somehow! Do I go to the hospital and get checked or just see what happens? Am I doomed? I live next to Washington and they have cases there!
O wow.....you live right by me. I'm in Post falls. Doesn't the corona virus seem close. Me and my sister were just saying how close it is to us
 

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Everyone is sick right now it seems.
I'm just getting over a bad cold the wife also.
id not worry too much about that rare thing the Coronavirus.
Just know that health anxiety is Just trying to scare you.
Thank you! I'm trying not to worry. The Dr. I saw today just acted like I was crazy and wouldn't even consider testing me because I didn't go to China. I am just going to pray I get better and that it's just a little cold starting.
O wow.....you live right by me. I'm in Post falls. Doesn't the corona virus seem close. Me and my sister were just saying how close it is to us
I live in Post Falls too!
 

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Idaho would seem very low risk for coronavirus - the population density is super low so if someone did have it, it seems like any outbreaks or transmission would burn itself out pretty fast. It's more likely you just have another one of the cold weather gremlins.

I live in Australia, its not too bad here yet. But they are predicting that 50-70% of the world population will get this virus. That is very bad news for me as my immune system low at present. IF l get it, my body will have to fight very hard, and my chances of survival are less than your normal healthy average adult. I seem be catching colds and flu's from my family members quiet easily, whereas 2 years ago, l never got sick so l am feeling anxious about this cornovirus spread.
The R0 estimates are actually falling and one leading epidemiologist revised those numbers downwards to 20%-60% - you should also know, that the upper ranges of that estimate will only happen if health agencies don't initiate disease mitigation (in other words, if countries don't take matters seriously and take measures such as asking people to stay home for periods at a time or closing schools/canceling public events, there will be more infection.) But since it seems like most countries are taking this seriously, they're taking a big bite out of that estimate.

 

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please remember that it is still cold and flu season. there are lots of common bugs going around.

as for the coronavirus... they are urging people that think they have it NOT TO RUN TO THEIR DOCTOR'S OFFICE!!! this is because IF (and it's a big "IF") you were to have it, you are exposing countless innocent people (including unprepared medical staff) to it. the current recommendation is that IF you think you may have been exposed and are exhibiting symptoms, you should CALL your doctor's office and get instructions from them on what you should do. at this point, there is literally NO treatment for those that don't need intensive medical care. even people in medically supervised quarantine locations are essentially being given tylenol and gatorade.

i completely understand your panic, trust me... i'm pretty anxious about it, too... but all you are doing by rushing to the doctor with minor symptoms is risking other peoples' health and safety. it's important to remain calm and try and think rationally about it. people don't tend to make smart or rational decisions when they're panicked.
 

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please remember that it is still cold and flu season. there are lots of common bugs going around.

as for the coronavirus... they are urging people that think they have it NOT TO RUN TO THEIR DOCTOR'S OFFICE!!! this is because IF (and it's a big "IF") you were to have it, you are exposing countless innocent people (including unprepared medical staff) to it. the current recommendation is that IF you think you may have been exposed and are exhibiting symptoms, you should CALL your doctor's office and get instructions from them on what you should do. at this point, there is literally NO treatment for those that don't need intensive medical care. even people in medically supervised quarantine locations are essentially being given tylenol and gatorade.

i completely understand your panic, trust me... i'm pretty anxious about it, too... but all you are doing by rushing to the doctor with minor symptoms is risking other peoples' health and safety. it's important to remain calm and try and think rationally about it. people don't tend to make smart or rational decisions when they're panicked.
I did call first and they told me to go in. When I went there the nurse just pretty much laughed it off and acted like I was crazy. It seems like the medical groups here don't even care and idk why! In my group of girls I meet with from church once a week there is a nurse in it and she and some other girls were joking that they don't even sanitize their shopping carts and all these people are running around acting all scared and stupid. At my daughter's dr office I overheard the nurses there laughing and saying "I wish I would just catch it already" this is not a good way for our medical community to be acting during a crisis! It scares me much more that some don't seem to be taking this seriously!
 

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I did call first and they told me to go in. When I went there the nurse just pretty much laughed it off and acted like I was crazy. It seems like the medical groups here don't even care and idk why! In my group of girls I meet with from church once a week there is a nurse in it and she and some other girls were joking that they don't even sanitize their shopping carts and all these people are running around acting all scared and stupid. At my daughter's dr office I overheard the nurses there laughing and saying "I wish I would just catch it already" this is not a good way for our medical community to be acting during a crisis! It scares me much more that some don't seem to be taking this seriously!
that is very disheartening to hear but also not surprising given our government's response to the whole thing. while i definitely think panicking is the wrong response, i think it's important use common sense. wash your hands frequently, use hand sanitizer when out in public, don't touch your face... they're also now suggesting we stop shaking hands and hugging as well and i don't think that's a bad idea.
 

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I did call first and they told me to go in. When I went there the nurse just pretty much laughed it off and acted like I was crazy. It seems like the medical groups here don't even care and idk why! In my group of girls I meet with from church once a week there is a nurse in it and she and some other girls were joking that they don't even sanitize their shopping carts and all these people are running around acting all scared and stupid. At my daughter's dr office I overheard the nurses there laughing and saying "I wish I would just catch it already" this is not a good way for our medical community to be acting during a crisis! It scares me much more that some don't seem to be taking this seriously!
Yep...I don’t think we, as a country are handling this well. I saw a thread on twitter the other day from a young woman who had numerous symptoms, other chronic illnesses and she works in a health care facility. She followed all the precautions and was proactive...she was told only people who traveled to affected areas or have contacted with travelers could be tested.
I live in large state with a big population where there are already quite a few cases and the number seems to grow daily. For now, the cases aren’t close to me but I think there will be some here soon.
 

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Yep...I don’t think we, as a country are handling this well. I saw a thread on twitter the other day from a young woman who had numerous symptoms, other chronic illnesses and she works in a health care facility. She followed all the precautions and was proactive...she was told only people who traveled to affected areas or have contacted with travelers could be tested.
I live in large state with a big population where there are already quite a few cases and the number seems to grow daily. For now, the cases aren’t close to me but I think there will be some here soon.
Ya this is really really freaking me out! I'm so scared and i can't even get any hand sanitizer! I feel like I'm on the verge of a nervous breakdown! The government and states should be doing much more to stop this from spreading! All flights should be canceled as well as all schools! I'm going to lose it! This is beyond stressing me out!
 

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Ya this is really really freaking me out! I'm so scared and i can't even get any hand sanitizer! I feel like I'm on the verge of a nervous breakdown! The government and states should be doing much more to stop this from spreading! All flights should be canceled as well as all schools! I'm going to lose it! This is beyond stressing me out!
i totally get the stress. this is definitely been challenging for me and my HA as well... but it's important to stay focused and calm. i remind myself frequently that freaking out and allowing my stress level to go up isn't going to help the situation at all. it could even make things worse since people tend to make less rational decisions when they're under tons of stress.
 
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