My personal experience with Covid-19

With more and more Covid cases every day, it’s crucial to stay home as much as possible during these unprecedented times. 

I tested positive for Covid on Dec. 6, 2020. I distinctly remember walking to my bathroom the day before to brush my teeth and feeling pain every time I swallowed. It was the most painful sore throat I’d ever felt. Later that day, I started feeling a strong headache and found it hard to concentrate on anything. 

I started to get scared wondering if I might have contracted Covid somehow, so I did a quick google search on the symptoms. Everything was lining up, so I called and made an appointment for a test the next morning.

I was mostly scared of the Covid test because I had seen the videos all over TikTok of these grown adults crying while the tester stuck the swab into their noses. I got more and more nervous as we got closer to the testing spot. 

However, when I got there, there was a kind man who greeted me and reassured me that I was going to be okay. The test lasted for about ten seconds on each nostril and didn’t necessarily hurt. It was just a weird and uncomfortable feeling. We were told that the results would come in a day or two so until then, I quarantined in my room and didn’t ever leave other than to use the bathroom.

My results came back in a phone call and my dad put the phone on speaker which allowed me to hear all the way from my room. The doctor said I tested positive and even though I couldn’t see, I knew my parents had a shocked look on their faces. 

After that day, I quarantined in my room for two and a half weeks which was very boring. I often found myself lying down and watching Netflix or rearranging my room just to keep myself busy. My mother would prepare meals on a tray and leave them outside my bedroom door everyday. 

It was hard to focus in virtual school because of the horrible headache. The bright screen on my laptop certainly did not help. I only took one day off out of fear of falling behind in school and having to catch up later. My counselor was very helpful and asked me how I was feeling or if there was anything she could do which made me feel a lot better emotionally. 

I was very scared for my parents since they’re high risk. During my quarantine, I would often sit and wonder what would happen if they contracted it from me. I was still in shock with the fact that I had Covid and didn’t even understand how I got it. 

I did my best to stay away from them throughout those two weeks because the idea of them getting sick because of me was such a scary thought. There was a lot of emotion and anxiety throughout my quarantine but thankfully nobody other than myself tested positive in my household.

About one and a half weeks into my quarantine, I broke out in hives. I woke up one morning and felt a bump on my skin. I walked over to my mirror and saw multiple hives all over my face. I couldn’t even recognize myself. 

I was so scared and didn’t understand what was going on since I didn’t initially realize it could be connected with Covid. I thought I might have had an allergic reaction to the medicine I was taking but realized I had taken them before with no reaction. I couldn’t even go to my doctor or dermatologist since I was quarantining. Thankfully, the next day it went away and I didn’t have to worry about it anymore.

I recovered from Covid on Dec. 22, 2020 which was right in time for Christmas. The recovery seemed like it was forever but I was able to get through it. I think what helped me most was that I was constantly taking vitamin C and D to help boost my immune system.

Covid can impact different people in many different ways. It’s still important to take precautions such as staying home, wearing masks, and keeping six feet away from others. Simple decisions such as these can save you and others’ lives.

If you have any type of medical emergency, call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility.

Emergency signs of COVID-19 include trouble breathing, pain or pressure in the chest that won’t go away, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face.