Living with Covid Day 1

It seems a co-worker might have Covid. He came to work last Thursday and was looking ill. His kids had gotten sore throats earlier in the week and he missed a day. He and I worked in close proximity that day. I kept my distance as much as possible and wore a mask intermittently. He did not as we were shooting a video with him in it. After the shoot I did keep my distance. He looked worse during the day. The next day he did not come to work and went to get a test. Results are not back. But, he did mention he has his wife’s uncle tested positive. The uncle was at his house the weekend before.

Over the weekend, I slept on the sofa and kept distance from wife and son, but probably not enough. 

Co-worker did not get results back yet, but feels worse, and has fatigue, congestion and headaches, which are symptoms.

This morning, I woke feeling “hungover” but I didn’t drink last night. Ut-oh. Tired mostly. Feint throbs in back of my skull. Had a brief panic. Made coffee, took a sip then deliberately sniffed to see if I could still smell. I could still taste the coffee, but couldn’t get the deep inhale of coffee aroma. Tried a couple of times. Nothing. Shit. I opened the sink cabinet and took a smell. Dank. There is a little leak I have been meaning to call a plumber about.  I washed my hands and smelled the soapy lather. Smelled like dish soap. I calmed down. The coffee incident must have been because I had just taken a sip so my mouth and nose were all ready full of the taste and smell. Whew. But, that might be false hope, kind of like the president getting sick but still doing photo ops.

*Over the weekend Trump and many Republicans have announced they all have Covid.

*The company I work for was deemed “essential” and  has been very cautious, implemented curb-side pick up / social distancing / mandatory masks early on. Since then, as the state permits, we’ve allowed walk-ins, but with MASKS only and social distancing.

*My wife has been working at home for months and my son has been home schooling. He could have gone back, but I insisted on the stay at home option.

*In general, I have worn a mask in public since the mandates started and the family has had little interaction with outside people excluding one family in the hood and a labor day pool party with a few family members who have all been practicing social distancing, masks. The party was all outside and we all distanced. Most of the family did wear masks. I did not.

*I recommend our company resume curbside pick up only today.

*If I have Covid, what is going to be hard beyond getting sick, is trying to keep my family safe. I’ve started wearing a mask in the house and keeping a solid 6 feet or more away from my wife and son.