Well, I have written and deleted this a few times. We’ll see if this one actually gets sent! As some of you may know, we took a last minute trip to the World August 12-19. We were generally pretty careful, but we did fly and eat in restaurants a few times. Oh, and visit a theme park!
We got home late Wednesday and I had to work the next morning. I was exhausted. We’re go-go-go people when it comes to vacationing in general, but Disney specifically. But then I started getting a scratchy throat that I think is due to sinus drainage. Now normally I wouldn’t think anything of it. Maybe allergies. Maybe a slight cold. No big deal. But we’re in a pandemic. I tend to be very susceptible to the power of suggestion. Do I have a headache? Well, now that you mention it, my head does hurt a little bit. Do I feel nauseous? Well, now that you mention it, maybe I am a little nauseous. And so on. So I am now over-reacting to every little thing and I’m freaking out at this point.
I’m getting a test today. I do not feel “sick”. I would never consider staying home from work or going to the doctor based on how I feel. I feel fine! Just a little scratchy throat is all. But this is the age of corona. All of the guidelines I’m seeing talk about “known exposure.” I do not have a known exposure. I qualified for a test because I have one symptom and recently traveled to a place with community spread. But there aren’t guidelines for full-on quarantining if you haven’t had a known exposure. So what to do?
Well, I’ve been coming to work, but I work in an office by myself. If you define an exposure as being within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more, I’ve only exposed one person (other than my kids who were with me in Florida). That was a finance guy at a car dealership when we were buying a car on Saturday. It definitely took more than 15 minutes. We were both wearing masks and there was a plexi-glass divider.
This is my worst nightmare. Not getting sick. But potentially exposing other people. It just has brought home to me how vague these guidelines can seem when it is you and your symptom(s) seem so minor. And I hate to think that I might be the one that took the risk of going to WDW and ended up with COVID! Of course, it could be just me over-reacting.