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Editor’s note: This article was written by a guest writer who chose to stay anonymous.
With Egypt still struggling with coronavirus and the curve still increasing exponentially, many Egyptians are starting to really freak out. However, while many people are testing positive and our Facebook newsfeed is becoming quite alarming, there are numerous people who get coronavirus but are asymptomatic. We’re not just talking about mild symptoms, but ZERO symptoms. I am one of those people and this is my story with testing positive to coronavirus.
From the beginning of quarantine, my family and I have been extremely cautious and careful and that’s why after staying 14 days at home, I took my two kids and went to Sukhna where my parents were quarantining. It was the best way to avoid any contact with other people, and I would still be able to let the kids run wild as no one else was around.
How did I get coronavirus?
My father works in construction and while he was working from home, he still had to go to the office a couple of times per week. Because my father is over 60 who suffers from health conditions, he was always very cautious. He would wear a mask and gloves, always keep his distance, and spray everything with alcohol.
A few weeks ago, the office called my father and told him that someone tested positive for coronavirus at work and so, everyone who was in contact with him was obligated to take the test, too. He did the PCR test and the next day his results came out positive, too. But he had no symptoms.
Because my kids and I had been in contact with him continuously, we came back from Sukhna, called the lab to do a home test for us and after a lot of screaming from my kids, we did the PCR swab test, too.
The next day, our results came back and all three of us came out positive. Again with no symptoms whatsoever. No fatigue. No fever. No sore throat. No cough. Nothing. Thankfully, even though my father was over 70, he didn’t develop any symptoms, either.
What should you do if you are asymptomatic?
- Isolate yourself at home for 14 days.
- Monitor your symptoms and if you develop any new symptoms consult a doctor.
- Inform anyone you’ve been in contact with for the past couple of weeks.
- Eat healthy food and do not take unnecessary medication.
- Take another test in two weeks.
- Inform your child’s pediatrician to help you be aware of symptoms to look out for.
Thankfully, my father, my two kids, and I recovered from coronavirus without even developing any symptoms. Many people around us have been through the same scenario which hopefully is a positive indication of the virus not always being something to panic about. Stay safe, be cautious and hopefully, this nightmare will end soon.
Further reading: Why You Need to Be Honest If You Test Positive For Coronavirus