When the Doctor Gets COVID-19: Ask Me Anything
For those who might not know it, I work part time in the ER while the practice grows. As such, I have come into contact with a huge number of COVID-19 positive individuals over the past month. And despite crazy amounts of protection, I eventually got the illness.
I decided to start this AMA series in order to help dispel any rumors about the illness, try to bring a somewhat unique perspective to the absolute ocean of misinformation that's causing cognitive lockdown among just about everyone.
- Middle aged, absolutely no health issues (Like really. None)
- Never smoker, drink only 1-2 glasses of wine (or good whiskey!) a month. No drugs
- Workout 2x day (lift and cardio) - #75Hard routine, for those curious.
- I have seen literally hundreds of COVID-19 POSITIVE patients over the pandemic course.
Disease course (or the History of Illness)
History: I worked every weekend in June and first weekend in July in the ERs. At least 5-10 COVID-19+ pts/12 hour shift. Using PPE when in room, face mask at workstation.
- Last work shift was 7/5.
- Symptom onset 7/7 as follows: Fevers, arthralgia (bone pain), myalgia (muscle pain). Dry cough.
- Oxygen saturation on 7/9 down to 92% on room air. (Note: Normal is 97-100% at sea level).
- Additional symptoms included nausea, loose stools and abdominal pain. Rapid heart rate.
- Started HCQ +Azithro+Zn on 7/9.
- Significant overall improvement.
- Nasal swab test 7/10
- Result POSITIVE 7/14.
- Upper respiratory infection symptoms until 7/14 + fatigue.
- Absolutely asymptomatic except for significant fatigue since 7/16 .
- Still taking med regimen.
- Sats have been 97-98 since 7/10
- Only lingering issue is mild-moderate fatigue
Happy to Answer Questions