Coronavirus Diary 3 – My best friend is infected

I was going to write something a bit more cheerful today given that yesterdays was a bit heavy.  Actually I wasn’t very well yesterday and I did check the NHS symptoms page several times.  As I’ve mentioned before the symptoms of Asthma and asthma related complications are similar to the Coronavirus.  As it happened I woke up totally ok today.

Unfortunately we found out today my best friend likely has Coronavirus.  It’s been suspected for a few days but not certain.  Indeed it’s still not certain given in the UK only those in hospital are currently tested.

However my friend has all the symptoms and this morning took a turn for the worse and was forced to call 999 for emergency services.  Paramedics came to their house but she declined the option to go to hospital given that people are waiting in corridors there and with only 4 intensive care beds for a hospital serving 150-200,000 people it is probably a place best avoided if at all possible.

We are both each others local in case of emergency people and I was all ready to mask up as best as I can and do what I could but fortunately she decided it was too urgent.   Happily my friend is as well as possible so hopefully we just have to wait and see an improvement tomorrow or Sunday.

This does mean that I too theoretically at risk as she being a pharmacist, the last thing I did before self-isolating and indeed the same day she went home sick was to go and order my emergency asthma inhalers.  We didn’t see each other and I didn’t touch anything and I washed when I got back but obviously the virus was very close by.

That was 4 days and 2 hours ago.  The average incubation period before you know you have the virus is 5 days.  I’m perfectly well today, if I still am tomorrow then hopefully all will be well on this occasion.

About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including a #1 seller, I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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2 Responses to Coronavirus Diary 3 – My best friend is infected

  1. Sandra says:

    Good luck, hope all is well. I’m in Colorado and the Virus is really starting to take hold in the US. New York is worst hit here. Lets plan a world party in the fall when we’ve kicked this mess.

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    • Thanks Sandra. I have all ready been thinking about what a party it will be like. Hopefully the virus will go away abruptly instead of slowing disappearing. We’d be able to have our version of a VE Day week long parrty!

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