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If I contract covid, how long will I feel ok before it hits me?

Asked by Jeruba (51342points) 1 month ago

Do I have to get my affairs in order in a week’s time? Because I could be helpless in two?

I don’t need to be reminded that not everybody gets sick and that some who do won’t have a bad case. I have to consider worst-case scenario.

I’m completely tied up with the aftermath of my husband’s death (not from covid) two days ago. The hospital gave us plenty of opportunities for exposure, my sons and I, beginning Thursday night,1/14. Assuming I get it—how long do I have before I can’t function normally?

I really want to know. I can’t leave a mess behind if I can help it, but the time window seems awfully short.

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anniereborn's avatar

From the CDC website I found this. “Symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure to the virus.” I am sorry I don’t have an answer to your other question.

stanleybmanly's avatar

I know you are distraught. But we cannot possibly predict such things. Demand to be tested. I am surprised if the hospital allowed you to leave without being tested. I am so sorry for your ordeal. I hope you can lean on your boys and if at all possible, get some rest. Just remember, that as of now the odds are with you.

janbb's avatar

Sent this to Caravanfan.

canidmajor's avatar

The three friends I have talked to about this (who could pinpoint contact and exposure) said it was day 4–5 where they started feeling lousy enough to lose reasonable function.
Keeping all digits crossed that you didn’t contract this.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I am sorry for your loss…

I can only tell anecdotally from my son DIL and grandkids… not living with us.
The grandchild got it and tested positive. Everyone was tested and showed negative. My son and DIL got sick about 3–4 days later. It was not bad for them but they are healthy and about 40 years old.

JLeslie's avatar

Usually 4–7 days. We’ll count with you. It can happen as soon as 2. Longer than 7 is extremely rare, but the current recommended quarantine time is 10 days.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Please check in and let us know how you’re making out so we don’t worry.

chyna's avatar

Keep in mind that you have just been through a mental and physical battle. Your body may react by getting sick or shutting down somewhat. This could be mistaken by you as signs of Covid.

lastexit's avatar

I had it and I can trace it to approximately four or five days before I got the first symptoms.
Insist on getting tested.

I’m very sorry about the loss of your husband. I lost mine to a heart attack several years ago. With the exception of your comments on Fluther, I don’t know you, but you seem like a strong intelligent woman. You have the strength to get through this.

Jeruba's avatar

Thank you, everyone. Watching my temp. Even without covid I’d be in a compromised state, I know. At least I don’t have a chemical dependency problem to deal with on top of it, although others close to me do, making it all so much harder.

JLeslie's avatar

If you aren’t eating well take a vitamin pill, stay hydrated, and if your sadness is allowing you to sleep go with it for now. Sleep helps the body heal.

Can we help you with anything? Any phone calls, any research for any plans you need to take care of? The jelly team is here.

Caravanfan's avatar

I’m sorry about your husband. May his memory be a blessing.
3–7 days. Although CDC says to quarantine 14 days to be sure.

JLeslie's avatar

I looked up the latest. The CDC says 14 days quarantine, but can be reduced to 10 if the person has no symptoms. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/scientific-brief-options-to-reduce-quarantine.html. Probably varies by state. Anyway, you can read for yourself. Last I had heard a couple of months ago it was reduced to 10 to be more realistic with what people would be willing or able to do.

janbb's avatar

@Jeruba Do you have a pulse oximeter? From what I’ve read, falling numbers of oxygenation are a stronger indicator than temp of Covid. I got one and use it to reassure myself. They are cheap, easy to use and easy to buy.

Jeruba's avatar

@janbb, yes. My husband used it several times a day. He was good in the 90s most of the time. I’m at 96 right now.

Jeruba's avatar

Thanks, @JLeslie. That’s helpful. Part of the help I’m asking for here is help reading—i.e., locating and extracting for me. Citations are great for verification, but I can’t chase everything right now. Everyone’s help with that on the other thread meant relief for me.

JLeslie's avatar

Gotcha. If you don’t want to click on the link, understandable, I went ahead and extracted the information for you and shortened to what is most pertinent:

Local public health authorities determine and establish the quarantine options for their jurisdictions. CDC currently recommends a quarantine period of 14 days…

Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring.

janbb's avatar

I realize you were at the hospital but what makes you feel you were exposed? I(If you don’t mind the question.)

It was my understanding from my DIL that they are keeping Covid people separate from others in hospitals and enough PPE but I could be wrong.

Not trying to be intrusive but hoping to maybe reassure you.

Jeruba's avatar

@janbb, aside from being exposed anywhere, there were swarms of people outside the ER waiting area in little groups, some masked, some unmasked, some obviously in distress. We saw staffers and security people coming in right there unmasked! Maybe for security checkin, I don’t know. But it felt like the whole place was teeming with covid.

Then all the surfaces, elevator buttons, wheelchairs, room effects, etc.

Late, late in things, they insisted on removing him to another room because they needed that one for its equipment, and when we refused twice, they brought security to throw us out. So we moved.

When I stepped out once to look for a nurse, I was shooed back in and told there were covid cases all over that floor.

Every time I cough . . .

janbb's avatar

@Jeruba Oh, that’s all so horrid. Shocking really.

lastexit's avatar

@Jeruba The best way to allay or confirm your fears is to get tested.

stanleybmanly's avatar

I’m just glad she is home now. God only knows what the horror show will be in that place a week from now.

JLeslie's avatar

Is it day 5 now? I don’t know your last day at the hospital. Just a few more days to put that possible exposure behind you.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

@Jeruba How are you doing today (01/22/2021) ?

flutherother's avatar

I’m sorry to hear your news, Jeruba. It’s a difficult time. I hope you are doing OK.

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