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My Experience of COVID-19

Ellie Upton United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Film and TV Studies, Disability
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Hi everyone,

I hope that you’re all well!

Today I wanted to share with you my experience of having COVID-19. I certainly won’t forget August 2021 in a hurry! Before I start, I want to preface this post by saying that me, my Mom and my Dad are all fully vaccinated. If you are physically able to receive the vaccine, I highly recommend that you do so. I think that I would have been in a much worse position now if I hadn’t taken up the offer.

It all started when my Dad caught the virus on holiday in North Wales recently. We always dined outside bar two instances. We’ve also all been continuing to wear masks in shops and sanitising our hands at every opportunity. Luckily we own the caravan that we were staying in, so it wasn’t an issue when we had to leave in order to begin our self-isolation. 

Fortunately, his symptoms stayed mild and he made a quick recovery. He had a slight headache, a runny nose and a slight cough. He briefly lost his sense of taste and smell, but they soon came back. As you can imagine, my Mom was the next one to catch it. Her symptoms started off much the same as my Dad’s, but soon developed into something worse. She had an almost constant hacking cough (presumably made worse by the fact that she has asthma), aching joints and a feeling of exhaustion. Although I’m pleased to say that the majority of her symptoms now gone, the aching and exhaustion still remain.

As for me, my parents began their isolation trying to protect me from contracting the virus. As you may know, my Cerebral Palsy makes me clinically vulnerable to COVID-19. However, it soon became apparent that I was inevitably going to catch it. I began my isolation period with a slight cough and thought that was as bad as it would get. How wrong I was. My symptoms seemed to change every day for the entirety of my isolation period. At one point or another I had an infrequent cough, a headache, watering eyes and infrequent sneezing. I also lost my sense of smell which changed my sense of taste. That was fun.

I’m happy to say that I’m now feeling much better but I’m still a little bit exhausted. I don’t really know what the point of this was, but I wanted to share my experience. I also want to add that I had multiple negative Lateral Flow tests before a positive PCR. There is some evidence emerging that Lateral Flows are less effective at picking up positive cases in the double jabbed, so that is something to keep in mind.

I’m so grateful to everyone who has been involved with the creation/administration of the vaccines. I dread to think where I’d be without them! Have you had any experiences with COVID-19 that you’d like to share? As always, let me know down below!

Please continue to stay safe, the virus really is no joke.

Ellie Upton United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Film and TV Studies, Disability
Find out more about me Contact Ellie

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