Testing Positive for Covid 19

I suppose it was inevitable given how long this pandemic has lasted and how we have taken back our normal lives but I tested positive for Covid 19 this weekend. The interesting thing is that it didn’t strike me as obvious.

No Covid Symptoms

Woman with mask, Covid-19, coronavirus, worryIt started with nausea. I felt nauseated for days—worse in the morning—and I was tired. (BTW: I am past the point of suspecting pregnancy.)

Both my husband and I had caught a stomach bug a week or so earlier and I thought this was just a recurrence of the same thing. We’d tested negative then so I didn’t think much of it and just kept on with my usual schedule. I even got my Covid booster shot.

To be clear, I had none of the standard symptoms that doctors check for with Covid: no cough, no fever, no headache, no wheezing or breathing problems, and no sore throat. My nose runs all the time, all year long, whenever I’m cold, so that didn’t strike me as unusual.

It wasn’t until the cough finally arrived that I realized this might be Covid. By then, I had probably infected numerous people because the early days are when it’s most communicable. My apologies to everyone I may have put at risk.

Even now, I don’t feel very sick. I’m using standard cough/cold medicine and that seems to be working just fine.

Back in the Covid Lockdown

Covid fatigue, nap, tiredI know the Covid pandemic is supposed to be over, but here I am quarantining. It’s like being back in the pandemic’s lockdown phase: boring and tedious. The most significant consequence is that I’m missing out on work when the work season is only eight weeks long.

The rest of the limitations and inconveniences are mere whining compared to how millions of people have suffered from this nasty virus. I will get better. I will go back to wearing a mask when quarantine is over. And I will resume work until it stops in November.

So, that’s my story. More when I’m better. I think I’ll go take a nap.

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About Aline Kaplan

Aline Kaplan is a published author, a blogger, and a tour guide in Boston. She formerly had a career as a high-tech marketing and communications director. Aline writes and edits The Next Phase Blog, a social commentary blog that appears multiple times a week at aknextphase.com. She has published over 1,000 posts on a variety of subjects, from Boston history to science fiction movies, astronomical events to art museums. Under the name Aline Boucher Kaplan, she has had two science fiction novels (Khyren and World Spirits) published by Baen Books. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies published in the United States, Ireland, and Australia. Aline’s articles have also appeared on the Atlas Obscura website. She has been an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America since 1988 and is a long-term member of the Spacecrafts science/fantasy writers’ group. As a tour guide, Aline leads architectural and historical walking tours of the city for Boston By Foot, ghost tours for Haunted Boston and historical bus tours of the city. She lectures on Boston history and has appeared in the Boston Globe, as well as on TV for Chronicle, an award-winning television program that broadcasts stories of New England. As a lecturer, Aline has spoken at Brandeis and Tufts universities for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She has also addressed as service organizations and local meetings. She is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston and lives in Hudson, MA.

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