Being Infected With The Coronavirus: My Follow-Up

A lot of you asked for a follow-up on my condition after my announcement that I had been infected with the coronavirus. Even at my young age, the past two weeks have been quite difficult. I even thought I might have to go to the hospital on day 9.

On April 5th, I shared an article revealing that I had been infected with the coronavirus when returning from Thailand on March 24th. I usually almost never get sick, but as far as I can remember, this virus has been far worse than any flu or cold I ever had in the past.

Fortunately, the public health authorities consider me a recovered case since April 14. I finally regained my usual energy levels. It was the first time in 3 and a half years that I had to completely stop working on Flytrippers for a week, not even having enough energy to sit in front of a computer.

I have now recovered after over 12 fairly intense days battling this coronavirus. Here is a day by day report of my symptoms.

 

Day By Day Account Of My Symptoms

Day 1: On March 30th, 6 days after my return from my trip, I started having my first symptoms which were really mild. A small cough with a little fever at night.

Day 2: Body aches, headache, fever, mild cough, and fatigue.

Day 3: Loss of my sense of smell, body aches, and headaches, but I slept all morning and woke up feeling better. That is the day I went to get tested for COVID-19.

Day 4: Loss of appetite as a good part of my sense of taste went away with the loss of my sense of smell, body aches, and headaches. I slept for over 18 hours and had a fever of 39°C.

Day 5: Public health called to give me my test result: it was positive.

Day 6-7: Same as days 4 and 5, I woke up at night because I had a fever and I absolutely had to take Tylenol every 4 hours in order to lower it.

Day 8: All the symptoms from day 4 and I was now short of breath. I still had a lot of fever. Public health called for a follow-up of the state of my symptoms and to make sure that all was well.

Day 9: This day was the worst of all; fever, still no sense of smell, no appetite, body aches, dizziness, heavy coughing, very tired, short breath but no chest pain.

Day 10-11: All the symptoms of day 9 and I still slept more than 18 hours a day.

Day 12: First day I woke up without a fever (FINALLY) but still very tired and coughing.

Day 13: Second day with no fever, a little more energy but still a little cough.

Day 14: Public health called me again. I confirmed that I had no fever for 2 days, that I had regained some of my energy, but that I still had a small cough. Since I hadn’t had a fever for 2 days, they confirmed that I was now considered cured and that my mandatory complete isolation was now lifted. In fact, I would now be allowed to go to the grocery store, but since my girlfriend has to do a 14-day isolation starting from the end of my symptoms, we will continue to have it delivered for now. I was also told that the coughing could last 4 to 6 weeks from the end of the other symptoms, but that I am no longer contagious.

 

My Girlfriend’s Symptoms

My girlfriend was also tested the same day that I was, but her test came back negative. She also was coughing, was more tired than usual, had a few headaches, dizziness and even a little chest pain. She never had a fever and her symptoms disappeared fairly quickly, except for the coughing which is still present.

Was her test a false negative? Was the test well done? Were her symptoms too mild to be detected? We can’t say. We currently live in a small apartment, so the chances that she also had it seem very very high.

But because her test was negative, we have to wait another 14 days in quarantine from the end of my symptoms in case she starts showing symptoms of the virus in the next few days, which would surprise us very much since she is getting better and better. But, we won’t take any chances, everything is still closed everywhere anyway.

As we saw ourselves, the virus can affect everyone in a completely different way! We are very happy that one of us was in good enough shape to be able to take care of the other. We dare not imagine how difficult these two weeks would have been if we both had the same symptoms.

 

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Summary

After a year and a half of traveling around the world, my most recent travel experience was, unfortunately, to be infected with the coronavirus after returning to Canada due to the pandemic. But it is now over for me, hopefully the crisis goes by as quickly!

 

Do you have questions about how it is to be infected with the coronavirus? Have you also been a victim of the coronavirus? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Kevin Gagnon

Kevin is the co-founder of Flytrippers. A former structural engineer, he is now following his true passion, traveling! With the website, he also wants to share this passion with you and allow you to travel more than you would have thought possible. His goal is to visit all the countries in the world. Current count: 54/193!

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Jackie

    Glad to hear you’ve now recovered, scary stuff. This pandemic is surreal for the majority of us but very real for those that experience it! Let’s hope, in time, we’re able to get back to some sort of normality that includes travel. But in the meantime, we all need to do our part to help flatten the curve by staying home and perhaps using that time to explore and plan our next adventure for when the time comes that we’re able to travel again.

    1. Kevin Gagnon

      Thank you. Yes, it’s time for some travel-related reading! We can’t travel, but we’re still allowed to dream about it.

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