COVID-19 Among BYers

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What is your exposure to COVID-19?

  • I don't think I've had it

    Votes: 168 84.4%
  • I may have it, some symptoms

    Votes: 16 8.0%
  • I definitely have it, confirmed via test

    Votes: 1 0.5%
  • I'm pretty sure I've had it but I've recovered

    Votes: 14 7.0%

  • Total voters
    199
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Don't use Afrin unless it is really necessary. If really need you can dilute the Afrin with water, use 1 to 2 or 1 to 3 dilution and try to use only once at bedtime.

Last winter I have very serious post-nasal drip. Finally my doctor gave me Amox/K Clav 875-125, Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid is a combination penicillin-type antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.

But my sinus didn't improve after taking Amox/KClav 2 times. Finally I went to see a nose specialist and he found out I had been using Afrin for the last 4-5 years. And I was taking Afrin and Amox/KClav in the same time, hence my nose blockage will not disappear. The Afrin will block my nose and eventually I will not be able to breath.

The doctor warns me I have to stop Afrin. It was painful but I finally stop Afrin by using slowly decrease dosage of Amox/KClav over 1 month. I have not use Afrin ever since.
Sounds like we have the same doctor. He always tells me not to use it... but sometimes you just need to sleep. I try to stay under 3 days usage, and only do it a couple times over a year.
 

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Just read this:
False claim: bicarbonate soda and lemon juice can help prevent coronavirus infection.

Well, everyone knows that. But I haven’t seen anything saying sacrificing a rubber chicken at midnight with a full moon is ineffective.

I’m teleworking full time now, with 1-2 trips to the grocery store per week, self-check only. We did fly through California 10 days ago, but so far so good there. There was one confirmed case at work, after which they sent us home, although I’d committed by then.
 
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Sounds like we have the same doctor. He always tells me not to use it... but sometimes you just need to sleep. I try to stay under 3 days usage, and only do it a couple times over a year.
There are 2 types nasal spray, phenylephrine HCl (4 hrs relief) vs oxymetazoline HCl (Afrin, 12 hrs relief). Both are not good to use in nasal spray.

But you can buy phenylephrine HC as tablet, and it is safe to swallow (not safe to spray nasal). If I have problem to sleep due to nasal blockage I always take 1 tablet of phenylephrine HC as my doctor suggest. Not work as quick as Afrin but does help.

You can buy phenylephrine HC over the counter or in Amazon under name :
ValuMeds Nasal Decongestant PE (225 Tablets) Non-Drowsy | Phenylephrine HCl 10mg.
 
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There are 2 types nasal spray, phenylephrine HCl (4 hrs relief) vs oxymetazoline HCl (Afrin, 12 hrs relief). Both are not good to use in nasal spray.

But you can buy phenylephrine HC as tablet, and it is safe to swallow (not safe to spray nasal). If I have problem to sleep due to nasal blockage I always take 1 tablet of phenylephrine HC as my doctor suggest. Not work as quick as Afrin but does help.

You can buy phenylephrine HC over the counter or in Amazon under name :
ValuMeds Nasal Decongestant PE (225 Tablets) Non-Drowsy | Phenylephrine HCl 10mg.
I try not to take sudafed type meds too. I get rebound from them too. I was given budesinone(?) to replace the Afrin and sudafed. I just try to avoid them if I can.
 
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So far no one in my family has it though we were scared when my thirteen year old started coughing. Thankfully it only developed into a cold. He’s doing schoolwork remotely while I’m teaching and touching base with my students between 8-12 hours a day. The Albany NY area had been been ok so far but some food/supplies are no where to be found. Good thoughts and prayers for everyone’s health and financial situations.
 
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I suffer from a chronic middle ear infection and it does mimic certain flue symptoms. Right now it is as bad as have ever had it, but the good news is that there is no temperature and no coughing. Except for watching basketball games I generally stay away from events and generally am a homebody so this isolation stuff doesn't change my lifestyle much. Other than shopping for essentials I stay home.

Just yesterday I called my sister in Portland Or. and my niece answered. She told me that her mother had checked herself into the hospital because she was really sick. During our conversation, she hung up because there was something going on outside and she wanted to see what was happening. She said the National Guard was on the street outside of my sister's house. It does not bode well. I called back and got no answer today. My sister who is 80, is high risk both in age and behavior. She went shopping constantly.
 
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I suffer from a chronic middle ear infection and it does mimic certain flue symptoms. Right now it is as bad as have ever had it, but the good news is that there is no temperature and no coughing. Except for watching basketball games I generally stay away from events and generally am a homebody so this isolation stuff doesn't change my lifestyle much. Other than shopping for essentials I stay home.

Just yesterday I called my sister in Portland Or. and my niece answered. She told me that her mother had checked herself into the hospital because she was really sick. During our conversation, she hung up because there was something going on outside and she wanted to see what was happening. She said the National Guard was on the street outside of my sister's house. It does not bode well. I called back and got no answer today. My sister who is 80, is high risk both in age and behavior. She went shopping constantly.
Did you call the hospital to check on sister
 
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Substitute wine for beer, and that pretty much describes my life right now. Hubby is also working from home, but sharing "office space" is going better than I thought it would.
Wine and beer both, hunkering down, but easy since I already work from home and home is 13 acres in Colorado Rockies so I am used to being a hermit. As Colorado is major tourist destination, state has been hit hard. Governor just gave stay at home order. One county is having a blood draw test for all 8000 residents. It apparently is much faster. A second draw will be made in two weeks.
 

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I suffer from a chronic middle ear infection and it does mimic certain flue symptoms. Right now it is as bad as have ever had it, but the good news is that there is no temperature and no coughing. Except for watching basketball games I generally stay away from events and generally am a homebody so this isolation stuff doesn't change my lifestyle much. Other than shopping for essentials I stay home.

Just yesterday I called my sister in Portland Or. and my niece answered. She told me that her mother had checked herself into the hospital because she was really sick. During our conversation, she hung up because there was something going on outside and she wanted to see what was happening. She said the National Guard was on the street outside of my sister's house. It does not bode well. I called back and got no answer today. My sister who is 80, is high risk both in age and behavior. She went shopping constantly.
Prayers for you and your sister's situation. If the niece has a cell, I would be constantly calling/texting that number. Hope you have gotten info prior to this writing.
 

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Hunkered down in Queens, trying to figure out how to interact with early childhood students, their parents and teachers via ZOOM and google. So far, work has committed to funding our staff through their contracts.

Likely to go out today to do one big shop. Walked a mini-park yesterday and promptly allergy-sneezed.

So far family (all out of state) is well and taking this seriously. The news today about what's happening in NYC hospitals cracked my heart. We are not prepared for what is about to happen.

Simple act: send pizza to an ER.

PLEASE stay safe and stay away.
 

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Hunkered down in Queens, trying to figure out how to interact with early childhood students, their parents and teachers via ZOOM and google. So far, work has committed to funding our staff through their contracts.

Likely to go out today to do one big shop. Walked a mini-park yesterday and promptly allergy-sneezed.

So far family (all out of state) is well and taking this seriously. The news today about what's happening in NYC hospitals cracked my heart. We are not prepared for what is about to happen.

Simple act: send pizza to an ER.

PLEASE stay safe and stay away.
The explosion of cases and deaths in NYC is horrifying. While my job allows me to video conference and work at home, as a Manhattan dweller, I get to hear an ambulance siren every few minutes 24 hours a day and my only time outdoors is to my physical therapist and purchases late at night. Not sure what the world will look like in 3 months.
 
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EVERYONE please take the time to view the short video I posted on how to survive the coronavirus. It's very informative and well worth your time.
Carnac, I am presently in phone contact with a friend who has been tested and is positive. When I asked him what his symptoms were he told me that he had a low grade fever and coughing. He also said that the food her ate had a "different" taste and that he would suddenly break out in a sweat as if he were in a shower. He is in what he feels is his third week and is starting to feel "normal" although he retains his cough. He also said his taste buds are returning. He is in his early 70's and was (and hopefully is) in good physical shape. Again, thank you for the great post.
 
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My wife and I are hunkered down, doing a lot of walking and face timing frequently with our son, his wife and our 15 month old grandson, who we do puppet shows for.
Isn't face time a great thing Oldude? We do it with our son in Fiji. Keep yourself and your wife safe.
 
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Aside from my wife working from home every day and my son being out of school for the rest of the year, things are fairly "normal" in my neighborhood. I go to work every day and the kids in the neighborhood play basketball and baseball every day it's not raining. Everyone is getting yard work done and repairs to their houses done. I'm having some entry doors being replaced as I type this. So, I guess you can say for my neighborhood, we are being as "normal" as we can.
 
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For those that routinely experience seasonal sinus/respiratory ailments here’s something you may want to consider. I am one of those people who seemed to fight sinus congestion/upper respiratory infection every winter until, amazingly, this winter.

This past summer I finally went to see an Ear, Nose & Throat specialist. He basically told me my sinuses were constricted, the result of two broken noses I suffered during my rough & rowdy days along with summertime allergies. He put me on a daily dose of Clariton and a nasal spray for the rest of my life. I can’t believe the difference it’s made. It’s like I can breathe again after years of just living with the alternative.
Years ago I was taking every allergy medication they had on the shelf. I finally went to a specialist and found out that I had a huge polyp. They removed it and I've never had to take an allergy medication since.
 
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Wife and I are isolating and going out only for necessities. Unfortunately, our daughter has been diagnosed with rectal cancer and going through a regimen of testing prior to surgery. This is when we would normally be either on the road to or already in Ct. When surgery is scheduled, there will be NO ONE allowed in the hospital with her. Not even one designated person. Difficult to be responsible and still be supportive. The grandchildren are 17 & 23, so they are a great help and we will most likely stay here, in Maine. Won't be easy.

Oh yeah, we are healthy at this time. We're in our early 70s and suspect tourist season will be quiet this year. I have a suspicion that the present situation with this virus, is going to be longer than we are being led to believe. Stay healthy BYers and be responsible with decision making re; exposure.
Maine, our prayers go out to you. Hopefully the people who read your post will realize that maybe we don't have it as bad as we think we do. Used to go up around the Allagash (?) every year for a week of fishing. I have never met anyone from Maine that wasn't friendly and down to earth.
 
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Like most here we're limiting our social contacts to grocery shopping and hitting the package store. Fortunately CT authorities have deemed wine and beer essential commodity. We try to walk every day (hips permitting) and have rediscovered cribbage. Last night we went "out to dinner" at one of our favorite seafood restaurants. Call in your order, drive up to the door and the servers bring it out to the car.
My wife and I have played a game of cribbage after coffee every morning for the past nineteen years.
 
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I just saw a piece on our local news broadcast. It was reported that the virus can live on the surface of fruits and vegetables for up to 3 days that are regularly fondled by shoppers try to find a desired piece of produce. Wash your produce items when you get home.

It was also reported that the virus can also live on the bottom of our shoes for up to 5 days. It was suggested that you leave them outside or in the garage before entering your home. The more I learn about the virus and the victims it has claimed across the country, the more reluctant I’m becoming about going outside.

We need to do a Boneyard “roll call” this summer (around mid-August) to note who survived this crisis. I’ll start one if no one else does. I fully expect to see each and every one here check in. I’ll post one on the football and men’s basketball board too. Be well everyone. This too shall pass. Blessings, favor and mercy to you all. :)
 
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My daughter is an emergency department nurse at Stamford Hospital. She's been working long hours and is exhausted because she is so busy. They are running out of supplies.
 

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