During this weird modern pandemic in which we’re not supposed to have direct contact with other human beings, it’s really nice to have the internet. With all the scary information coming out, it’s especially nice to be able to read accounts from average people who have survived COVID-19 and are tweeting out their experiences.
One such account comes from anesthetist Chris Gough, who was on his way back to health on Monday and decided to let the rest of us who will probably eventually catch it know what to expect.
Now that I am recovering from Covid-19, I want to share my symptoms, and my experience, in case it is of help to anyone else. I've felt pretty rotten the last few days, but am finally improving.— Chris Gough (@GoughCJ) March 16, 2020
I am only talking about my own experiences - as a patient, not a doctor. (1/n)
Before he began, Gough took a moment to “moan about testing,” pointing out the clear disparity in who gets tested and who gets told to just stay home and hope everything works out.
“We must stop the ridiculous imbalance where politicians and sports stars can apparently get tested, but frontline health workers cannot,” he wrote. “The criteria must be consistent.”
As for his symptoms, day one started with chills, body aches, exhaustion, and a fever of 38.5 C (about 101.3 F).
Symptoms.— Chris Gough (@GoughCJ) March 16, 2020
D1: The day of fevers and exhaustion.
Shivers and sweats were the story of the day. That and being utterly exhausted, with whole-body ache. Random temp: 38.5. One flight of stairs then stop for a rest. No appetite at all. (3/n)
The cough began for Gough in the afternoon of the first day, but it wasn’t as bad as you might think — “just there every now and again to remind me that my lungs were also not happy.”
By day two he was feeling a strong urge to be horizontal at all times, with a worsening cough and a headache appearing.
D2: No energy. Horizontal is the position to be in.— Chris Gough (@GoughCJ) March 16, 2020
Sweats/shivers ongoing, but not as bad as yesterday. Cough more noticeable but not a big issue.
Intermittent headache started. Whole body still aches, and feeling weak. Zero appetite. Felt a bit brighter in the eve. (5/n)
Day three sounds like it was the worst, with Gough describing an improving cough and appetite but generally feeling worse than the day before, with headache and severe fatigue.
By day four, his headache began to improve, but ongoing fatigue and body aches that made him “functionally useless.”
D4: Ongoing fatigue and reduced appetite.— Chris Gough (@GoughCJ) March 16, 2020
Cough very infrequent now. Headaches still present, but improving.
Whole body still aches. Functionally pretty useless. Would quite like to feel better.
My brother is improving. His girlfriend now has symptoms. (7/n)
Day five and six were improvements, but his fatigue is still a problem. His headache was gone by day five, however, and his appetite was improving. Fortunately, he had no desire to leave the house during this time.
D6: Feeling a little better.— Chris Gough (@GoughCJ) March 16, 2020
Or, thought I was, but then fell asleep on the sofa for an hour. So fatigue ongoing, and lacking energy.
Still no desire to leave the house.
Hoping tomorrow will bring much more energy 🤞 (9/n)
Gough is still very much alive today and gets to join the ranks of people who have recovered from COVID-19. He concluded the thread by advising anyone with similar symptoms, including a fever of over 37.8 C (about 100 F) to self-quarantine if they can.
That is as far as I have made it (so far).
If you meet the criteria (temp [>37.8] or a new cough), please follow the advice and self-isolate.
Protect your patients.
Protect your colleagues.
Protect your friends and family.
Protect yourself. (10/10).
— Chris Gough (@GoughCJ) March 16, 2020
People are so appreciative of this simple insight during this uncertain time that they have blown up Gough’s thread and followed him by the thousands, according to his latest tweet.
I had no idea my symptoms and experience would strike a chord with so many people - and I’m staggered to have thousands of new followers (hello!). If my story helps others, then please feel free to share it widely. https://t.co/Y2Xf4cjOZa— Chris Gough (@GoughCJ) March 17, 2020
Gough’s thread comes not long after Elizabeth Schneider went viral for a Facebook post she made after recovering from the coronavirus, which she caught at a party in which no one was showing symptoms. People are apparently hungry for information like this, so if you’ve survived COVID-19, now’s your chance to be a hero.