My Covid-19 Experience
by Maya Cherins
I would like to start this off by recognizing my privilege in the age of coronavirus. I am a white cis-woman with healthcare and I’m 20 years old. When I contracted coronavirus, I knew I would be okay, but that does not reign true for every COVID-19 patient.
This summer, I chose to live in my college town with three roommates. We are safely socially distancing and limiting our exposure to other people and the outside world, however, we live in an apartment building.
On Wednesday, June 24th, my roommates and I heard that other tenants in our apartment building had come in contact with coronavirus and tested positive. Within 24 hours of hearing this, we heard more and more students were coming in contact with the virus and were choosing to get tested.
Saturday, the 27th, I woke up with a sore throat. I didn’t think much of it since no one that I had come into contact with had tested positive to my knowledge. I assumed it was just fatigue, and it would go away as the day went on. Later, my roommate and I went on a walk and towards the end of the walk, I found myself more out of breath than usual. That’s when my roommates and I decided it was time to get tested. We didn’t know if we had it, but we just wanted to make sure for the safety of others around us and for our own health, what the results would be. Our tests were scheduled for the next day and were rapid, so we knew we would hear back quickly.
The testing site was through our university’s health center and was a quick and organized process. We drove up, gave them our name and birthday, they tested us, and that was it. Later that day we stayed inside, beginning to quarantine in case we were positive.
On Monday morning, June 29th, I woke up at 8 AM to a call from the university health center. I tested positive for Covid-19. The doctor on the phone walked me through all the precautions I needed to take with staying inside, monitoring my symptoms, and when I could enter the world again. My roommates tested negative.
On June 29th, the day I tested positive, I had a horrible sore throat, a bad cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Every time I coughed my chest felt tight and my breathing was tense. I was beyond exhausted and took a nap; I never take naps.
On June 30th, my symptoms felt essentially the same. I also had a pounding headache and pressure behind my eyes that Tylenol could not cure. July 1st I had a minor cough and occasional headaches. On July 2nd, my symptoms slowed down and I was starting to feel better. After two weeks of quarantining with my roommates, we safely left quarantine and proceeded to take safety precautions to protect ourselves and our neighbors.
After experiencing coronavirus first hand, I have a few things to share.
- Not all young people are asymptomatic. If you have come in contact with Covid-19, you could still get sick. Young people are not immune.
- Young college-aged students are the leading cause of the rise in cases right now. You don’t need to day-drink with all of your friends. Stay inside, wear a mask, save a life.
- Recognize your privilege. If you were to get sick from coronavirus, would you have healthcare coverage? Somewhere to quarantine? Are you immunocompromised? If you are able to stay safe and healthy regardless of whether you got Covid-19 or not, check yourself.