Until it happened to me.
Yes, I became the very person I did NOT want to be, but I hope it was for good reason.
I was contacted this morning by my GP who wanted to do a quick screening since I fall within the High-Risk category. So of course I complied and was very honest about what I was feeling, even expressing the fact that I thought it’s possible aside from a cold, that my fatigue was nothing more than stress and anxiety.
After doing the assessment, she spoke with the COVID-19 team (their term, not mine) and asked that I visit the ER today to get evaluated.
I went through triage like a normal visit but was given an EKG in the beginning too. I had a very mild fever and a chest X-Ray. The entire visit was quick but I wasn’t given a COVID-19 test.
They did give me discharge papers and explained that I had an Upper Respiratory Viral Infection and advised me to isolate myself, rest, and call if I feel worse. In the end, I’m glad I was able to go home with a little reassurance, but I still don’t know if I have the dreaded virus! Since I don’t feel all that bad, I’m treating it like the cold or flu and doing what I can to stay sane.
I think we’re all dealing with this the best way we can and for each of us, it’s a little different. You might not be someone who has an auto-immune disease but live with an older relative and feel the need to be extra careful. There’s a lot of unknown and all we can is try to stay calm and kind.
If you don’t feel well, there are great screening options out there. I know for some Google’s parent company Alphabet has created a site here Project Baseline to help screen patients and provide information. If anything a screening might put your mind at ease as to whether or not your symptoms warrant a visit. I’d always prefer to be more cautious than not!