After a year and some change, I caught Covid. I’ve been working from home for about a year and a half, only leaving the house here and there to go shopping and out to eat occasionally. I wear my mask everywhere and sanitize as much as possible.
S, one my roommates, caught Covid-19 and informed me of our other roommate, B. Never leaving the house unnecessarily, except recently to go back to the office, S wasn't sure how or where she caught the virus. After testing positive, S was instructed to quarantine for 10 days.
With everyone working from home, we did our best to remain 6 feet away, S stayed in her room daily, wore her mask when she needed to move around the house and sanitized all surfaces she touched.
A few days later B and I were concerned about experiencing Covid symptoms. Sore throat for me and a headache for her. We scheduled tests at our nearest testing site, which was a Rite-Aid conveniently located around the corner from us. This was my very first Covid test, never having to get one working from home and never coming into contact with anyone who tested positive for the virus until now.
I heard a number of things surrounding the testing process, including that the tests were slightly painful, and the testing utensil was lounged high up in the nostrils. That being said, I was a little nervous but all in all I knew I could take the "pain."
The test taking process at our Rite-Aid was to set an appointment online and select a time slot, then arrive through the pharmacy drive-thru. When I arrived at the window I let the staff member know that I was there for a Covid-19 test and he told me to wait while he prepared a few things behind the window. He came back to the window with instructions for me to swab both of my nostrils with a cotton swab Q-tip thing and insert it into the tube provided. Before passing out the materials, the staff behind the window told me I would be timed.
I was given the testing materials, swabbed both nostrils and put the swabbing tool in the tube and passes everything back. Not sure how far up my nose I was supposed to stick the tube of for how long I should have swabbed, I hoped I did everything right so that I got accurate test results.
Minus the wait in the drive-thru line, the testing process took less than five minutes. I received the results 2 to 3 days later via email, and my results were positive.
Your results detect SARS-CoV-2. A positive test means that you are infected with COVID-19. Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms. You can pass the infection to others through coughing, sneezing, and exhaling, even if you have no symptoms. It is very important to stay home and limit your interaction with others in your household and in public.
B tested positive and B’s sister was staying with us at a time and unfortunately tested positive for Covid as well, making it official that everyone in the house had Covid-19. We joked that we were living in the "Covid house."
We stocked up on vitamins and prepared to quarantine for at least 10 days. We continued working from home for the next week or so since none of our symptoms were extremely debilitating.
I found it interesting that each of us experienced different symptoms of the virus. I experienced a sore throat and coughs. B had headaches, chills and body aches. S experienced fatigue and loss of smell and taste. B’s sister had nausea and vomiting.
We experienced our symptoms for about five days, and we began to feel better one after the other and currently we're all feeling good and healthy.
I haven’t been sick in over a year and am truly grateful for that. I thank working from home the most for keeping me away from strangers and germs and strangers with germs. I hope to continue to be healthy along with my roommates. I will continue to wear my mask when out in public and hope that others do the same.
Tips if you have tested positive for Covid-19:
Stay away from others (quarantine)
You hear this all the time. It is an obvious one but please take it seriously. No matter how hard you try to sanitize you’d be surprised how easy it is to infect someone else.
Take your vitamins and get your rest
Do your best to boost your immune system and allow your body to relax and get better. Whether you work from home or not, don't feel rushed to come back to work or move about. Take care of yourself by getting rest and staying hydrated.
Side note: If you plan to get tested for Covid-19, get a regular test and not a rapid test. Rapid tests are not as accurate as regular tests. I took a rapid test and tested negative for Covid and was instructed by the facility to take another test right after to ensure the accuracy of the rapid test. I got the results from the other test the day after and was informed that I was positive so to save yourself some trouble get a regular test the first time around.
Questions on quarantine periods?
If you're like me, you have a hard time keeping up with the quarantine periods surrounding Covid.
Your quarantine period begins from the last close contact you had with someone who has Covid-19, even if you test negative or feel healthy. The following scenarios can help you determine when you should end your quarantine:
If you will not have further contact or interactions with the person who has COVID-19 while they’re sick then your last day of quarantine is 14 days from the date you had close contact.
If you live with the person who has COVID-19 (e.g., roommate, partner, family member), and if they’ve isolated by staying in a separate bedroom and you’ve had no close contact with them since they isolated, your last day of quarantine is 14 days from when the person began home isolation.
If you live with the person who has COVID-19 (e.g., roommate, partner, family member) and already started your 14-day quarantine period but end up having close contact with them again during your quarantine period, or if another household member gets sick with COVID-19, you will have to restart your quarantine from the last day you had close contact with anyone in your house who has COVID-19. Any time a new household member gets sick with COVID-19 and you have close contact with that person, you will need to restart your quarantine period.
If you live in a household where you cannot avoid close contact with the person who has COVID-19 or are providing direct care to a person who is sick, don’t have a separate bedroom to isolate that person, or live in close quarters where you are unable to keep a physical distance of six feet, you should avoid contact with others outside the home while the person is sick and quarantine for 14 days after the person meets the criteria to end home isolation.
Quarantine information provided by PWNHealth