My COVID-19 Experience
In a world where everything seems to revolve around the COVID-19 virus, what happens when you get the call that you tested positive? With more than 16.4 million cases in the United States, and 465,000 cases in Michigan since March, functioning members of society are highly likely to contract the virus. I personally tested positive, and experienced the virus first hand.
My first reaction was panic and sadness. The first thing the health department told us to do was to contact anyone we had seen in the last 48 hours and get comfy at home, because it was the only place we could be for the next 14 days. This virus reminds me of a game of dominoes. If one person gets infected, then a whole line of people can be knocked down. Not only did my family have to quarantine, but anyone I had seen in the recommended time period as well. And, the positive test came as a surprise. To my knowledge, I had not been exposed to the virus, which just shows how easily this virus spreads.
I contracted the virus and I was symptomatic. Luckily, my symptoms were mild and I have not had any following respiratory issues. Personally, the virus was just like a bad cold. My fever was accompanied by a sore throat and a sinus infection. By day 8 of my quarantine, my symptoms had basically diminished.
Overall, being sick was a minor part of the experience. It took about a week for my taste and smell to come back. The most disappointing part of the experience was having to miss out on tournaments, school, and meets for 2 weeks even though it was the right thing to do. Having to self isolate away from society can have a negative impact on mental health. Personally, not being able to see friends and having to connect through social media or a screen was tough, even if it was only two weeks.
Overall, having the virus was not an enjoyable experience. So, wash your hands, wear a mask, and be smart about your social gatherings. Your health may depend on it.