When can I get out of isolation?

This post will answer these questions:

  1. How long do I have to isolate myself if I get sick with COVID-19?
  2. I heard 7 days and I heard 14 days, what’s the deal with that?
  3. What if I am still coughing?

It’s been a bit up and down for me down here in the basement.  Yesterday afternoon, I had a couple hours where I didn’t feel great.  It was nothing terrible, just a bit more of ick  than the day before.  An hour in bed and it passed. I hope it’s the last gasp of the dying coronavirus particles.  This morning my usual coughing fits are not intense.  This all has brought into the fore the question of when I can be released from my maximum security prison.  Granted I will only be paroled to house arrest like the rest of the country, but I’ve got to get out of this basement.  

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How this coronavirus makes you sick

This post will answer these questions:

  1. How does the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 get into cells of the body?
  2. What symptoms does the coronavirus cause?
  3. Why does it cause those symptoms?
  4. What is the time course of COVID-19?
  5. How do I know if I’m one of the people with severe COVID-19 disease?
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What is quarantine?

This post will answer the questions:

  1. Who should isolate?
  2. How should I isolate to prevent spread of COVID0-19?
  3. Why do I have to stay quarantined for 14 days?
  4. Why should I isolate at all and how does that prevent spread of COVID-19?

Fortunately, I’m not feeling so bad today. Robitussin DM allowed me to sleep relatively well and I am functional with tylenol but I am still in quarantine. Interestingly, the word “quarantine” originates from quarantena, the Venetian language form, meaning “forty days”. This is due to the 40-day isolation of ships and people before they were allowed to enter Venice practiced as a measure of disease prevention.

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How is the coronavirus transmitted?

This post will answer these questions:

  1. How is this the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 transferred?
  2. How do I get infected with COVID-19?
  3. Can I go to the grocery store?
  4. What’s the most important steps I can take to protect myself and my family from this coronavirus?
  5. Should I tell people I’m sick If I have COVID-19? What will they think?

So the test was positive but no need to panic. Last night was not the greatest. I’m not so sick, but a pleasant night’s sleep it was not. I had some chills and body aches and a dry hacking cough that kept me up most of the night, but I made it through. It feels like I have a mild case of the flu. Today, the acetaminophen (1000mg every 6 hours) made a big difference and I was functional. At least I was as functional as a man can be while a prisoner in his own basement.

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Could it be?

Healthcare workers stand by at a COVID-19 temporary testing site at Abington Hospital in Abington, Pa., Wednesday, March 18, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Day 1.  Well actually today is day 2.  Or really it’s day 6. I guess it doesn’t matter.  For the past week, I have been the attending physician at the ICU in my hospital.  We have mostly been waiting for this thing to hit. Everyone is a bit on edge.  There are many PUIs (persons under investigation), most of whom are longshots, and none that have turned positive. 

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