It’s the middle of October 2020, and the world is now deep into a second wave of Covid-19, Europe especially. It’s relentless and terrifying and has many of us cowering in our homes. We wash our hands and wear our masks, but in many ways it’s up to chance. Even though we take precautions we get it anyway. Since I’m convinced I already had it in April, I have many questions… that can’t be answered.
Am I immune to getting it? If so, for how long?
Will the illness be worse if I get it a second time? There are reports of people who have been confirmed as having had it twice with the second infection more severe than the first.
Will schools close again? Will I have to do the dreaded home schooling?
Will there be another national lockdown? If so, for how long? At the moment, the area where I live has the least stringent rules. We are Tier 1. Medium.
And lastly, what is this irritating dry cough I suddenly have?
I had my flub jab yesterday.
I had Covid-19 nearly six months ago.
Up until now, I’ve felt that I’m more rarely experiencing flare ups of the breathlessness that characterised my Covid-19. In the weeks after I first had it, I was almost permanently slightly breathless, and always coughing, especially in air conditioned environments, such as supermarkets. I then started to have breathless periods less frequently, maybe only about once per week, but it never entirely went away. I feel now as if the flu jab has triggered a flare up. I don’t have to gasp for breath after every word or two as I did in April, but I notice I’m having to pant if I walk briskly around the house, and I only feel that I have relaxed breathing when I sit still for a while. I have that very slight, irritating cough again, as if I’m breathing air conditioned air. There is also a hint of the familiar tight band around my chest and a sensation of cotton wool within the lungs. It’s all so… continuing… and frustrating… and… boring to have it all the time. I don’t want to always be feeling a little bit unwell, which is how having Covid-19 has left me. I’m never quite at full strength, even after nearly six months. I would LOVE to know whether I’m immune to the disease or not, but currently there’s no way of knowing. The likelihood is that Covid-19, similar to other coronaviruses, and can recur multiple times in the same person, possibly within the same year. Luckily, I know I don’t have the actual disease again because I’m required to get tested every two weeks due to volunteering for an NHS Trust and being in contact with patients. But… SIGH. Sometimes Covid-19 is a bit depressing. It just drags on and on and on.