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kentuck

(111,666 posts)
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 09:00 AM Mar 2020

How many people here have experienced flu-like symptoms in the last week or two?

But did not go to a doctor?

I wonder if there may be many more of us than anyone knows?

We've had the flu before and we have always survived.

Could it be widespread in the population and no one knows the actual numbers?

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How many people here have experienced flu-like symptoms in the last week or two? (Original Post) kentuck Mar 2020 OP
i've been sniffling for about 2 weeks rampartc Mar 2020 #1
make a poll Demonaut Mar 2020 #2
I have not. But, I can't tell you how many colleagues, friends, family members that are hlthe2b Mar 2020 #3
I've had a "cold" since mid January. lapfog_1 Mar 2020 #4
After being bombarded by Corona news all day yesterday tavernier Mar 2020 #5
Even flu is risky for some of us. wnylib Mar 2020 #6
I have, but I also am sick almost once a month, since dewsgirl Mar 2020 #7
And cough. Schools are virus pools OhNo-Really Mar 2020 #15
Where do you live? dewsgirl Mar 2020 #20
In a very Red state with no testing OhNo-Really Mar 2020 #23
I have been sick for 3 weeks Nonhlanhla Mar 2020 #8
The shortness of breath got my attention in your post, smart doctor. dewsgirl Mar 2020 #21
3 weeks ago I had a sore throat then drainage of sinuses which quickly went to my chest KewlKat Mar 2020 #9
My doc is good about calling in an antibiotic for me with no visit OhNo-Really Mar 2020 #17
Thanks. KewlKat Mar 2020 #19
Actually, I've been pretty good... Wounded Bear Mar 2020 #10
Lots of people Nature Man Mar 2020 #11
My friend who is 76 had a virus, but it was 8 weeks ago & she hasn't traveled. lark Mar 2020 #12
Have a bad cough and chest congestion, recently in contact with people who just returned from China Johnny2X2X Mar 2020 #13
I was REALLY sick a month ago obamanut2012 Mar 2020 #14
I have been sick for almost a week... kentuck Mar 2020 #18
I have Leith Mar 2020 #16
I had the flu 2 weeks ago but tested negative for the flu. So what did I have?? cbdo2007 Mar 2020 #22

rampartc

(5,794 posts)
1. i've been sniffling for about 2 weeks
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 09:04 AM
Mar 2020

but if everyone wants a doctor for "flu symptoms" (which include allergu, common cold, and 2nd hand smoke) no one could get an appointment.

besides. i'd rather die in my own home than in the hospital emergency room. .

hlthe2b

(103,681 posts)
3. I have not. But, I can't tell you how many colleagues, friends, family members that are
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 09:09 AM
Mar 2020

making themselves believe they are experiencing symptoms because of worry, given all the discussion and focus.

When I really question them, they admit they really aren't experiencing a sore throat, cough, fever, muscle aches and pains, nasal congestion, chest pain or constriction, nasal discharge, or any other symptoms--not even those of a cold. They are just feeling uneasy and self-examining for anything that feels "funny" or different.

I surely understand, but at some point, I think we have to do all the steps necessary to protect ourselves and then work on the healthy behaviors over which we do have control, especially getting enough sleep. And, trying to put all else into context...

to all the walking worried.

lapfog_1

(29,582 posts)
4. I've had a "cold" since mid January.
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 09:13 AM
Mar 2020

all that is left is the occasionally cough (like once or twice a day).

But 7 weeks is a long time to shake a cold...

tavernier

(12,649 posts)
5. After being bombarded by Corona news all day yesterday
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 09:14 AM
Mar 2020

I thought I might have a scratchy throat. Took two ibuprofen and feel fine today. I’m going to a celebration of life tonight and will see many old friends from over the years. It will not be easy to keep from hugging, probably that won’t work, so I can easily imagine this thing spreading if we all go about with normal lives.

wnylib

(22,980 posts)
6. Even flu is risky for some of us.
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 09:28 AM
Mar 2020

And this is worse than the flu.

I take it very seriously.

No symptoms, but I am close to becoming a hermit these days in self-defense.

dewsgirl

(14,961 posts)
7. I have, but I also am sick almost once a month, since
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 09:29 AM
Mar 2020

my granddaughter started Kindergarten, she brings ridiculous germs home. If I get a fever/shortness of breath/muscle aches, then I will worry.

OhNo-Really

(3,985 posts)
15. And cough. Schools are virus pools
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 10:40 AM
Mar 2020

I stopped hugging my family. We foot bump and giggle

No testing creates reasonable fear. Is US the least proactive western nation?

I bought a few pounds of dehydrated veggie soup mix & vitamins, bleach bath grocery items and am considering the “eat it if you can peal it” produce. 😭😭 Am hooked on baby bok choy, kale & brocolli but is it worth the risk before testin is done in my area?

Avocado Vit E
Sweet potatoes Vit A
Bananas potassium
Cucumbers
Zucchini
Squashes
Root veggies

Does boiling kill Covid-19?

OhNo-Really

(3,985 posts)
23. In a very Red state with no testing
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 11:15 AM
Mar 2020

I sleuthed hospitals in my area last week to learn about testing or 100% lack thereof

Live in mountain west. It’s peak ski season. Peeps from around the world fly in to enjoy spring skiing.

Nonhlanhla

(2,074 posts)
8. I have been sick for 3 weeks
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 09:32 AM
Mar 2020

Started with a fever, several days of nausea, then developing cold symptoms and shortness of breath, now have bronchitis. If I were in Korea, I'd get in one of those drive by lanes to get tested, but since I'm here, I'm not even a candidate...

My doctor has placed me in isolation to safeguard me against possible corona exposure. I'm pulling my kid from public school and enrolling her in online school - I simply cannot afford to get exposed to any further pathogens. And I'm teaching my classes online for the foreseeable future.

KewlKat

(5,627 posts)
9. 3 weeks ago I had a sore throat then drainage of sinuses which quickly went to my chest
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 09:44 AM
Mar 2020

Where it still resides. I still have a cough. I felt feverish/chills/sweaty for a few days but had no thermometer. On day three it was hard to breathe. Day 4 was worse. I thought of going to urgent care but ended up staying home. I kept away from hubby and so far he is fine. I did stay off work over a week and was down for 8 days. This was different then a cold and I had no intestinal involvement. Did I mention I live in WA?

OhNo-Really

(3,985 posts)
17. My doc is good about calling in an antibiotic for me with no visit
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 10:45 AM
Mar 2020

because Im so susceptible to secondary pneumonia (scar tissue from childhood pneumonia’s) I made sure we agreed to this before I chose him as my primary care doc.

I hope you feel better soon and are safe ✨✨💕✨✨

Wounded Bear

(59,436 posts)
10. Actually, I've been pretty good...
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 09:45 AM
Mar 2020

I get the usual runny nose when I go out in the cold, and an occasional dust based sneeze or two (I'm a shitty housekeeper, sue me) but overall, in good shape. No fevers or anything more serious.



I do get my flu shot every year, though.

lark

(23,593 posts)
12. My friend who is 76 had a virus, but it was 8 weeks ago & she hasn't traveled.
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 10:25 AM
Mar 2020

It was before any reported cases here, I think. She was sick for a week, but that's common for people her age, and hers was stomach related so we aren't worried for COVID-19.

Johnny2X2X

(20,079 posts)
13. Have a bad cough and chest congestion, recently in contact with people who just returned from China
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 10:32 AM
Mar 2020

I don't qualify to be on a list to be tested. In fact, my doctor and the local health department don't even want me coming in, they want me to treat at home and if it gets worse to call them.

I live in Michigan.

obamanut2012

(26,703 posts)
14. I was REALLY sick a month ago
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 10:36 AM
Mar 2020

I literally had all the symptoms, figured it was a really bad cold or light flu, even with the flu vax. My doctor said to come in if my fever went over 101 or if my bronchitis got worse (I have asthma). I stayed home from work for a week, because I am lucky enough to have very generous sick and annual leave. Still have gunk in my lungs.

I am pretty positive I caught it at Disney.

Did I have Covid-19? Probably not, but maybe, right? Who knows. I hit all the symptoms, it sucked, and I am still not 100% after a month.

kentuck

(111,666 posts)
18. I have been sick for almost a week...
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 10:48 AM
Mar 2020

High temperature, hallucinations, diarrhea, headaches, severe cough (dry heaves) shortness of breath, congestion, no appetite.

It began to break a couple of days ago. I was able to blow my nose and cough up some phlegm, but I thought it was just a severe case of the flu. Now, I am not so sure it wasn't a coronavirus.

I feel that I am about 50% recovered today.

No, I never went to a doctor.

Leith

(7,841 posts)
16. I have
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 10:44 AM
Mar 2020

Aches'n'pains, severe sinus stinging with sneezing, a dryness in my throat, a little coughing. I've passed them off as what happens when you are over 60, the pollen alert, and a cold front coming through.

But, it could have been a mild case of COVID-19.

In any case, I'm going to avoid crowds for a while. I don't want to spread it to others who might not be able to fight it off as easily as I could.

cbdo2007

(9,213 posts)
22. I had the flu 2 weeks ago but tested negative for the flu. So what did I have??
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 11:09 AM
Mar 2020

Docs were confused when I tested negative based on all my symptoms. Then my wife got it and daughter got it, they both tested negative for flu also.

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