Y’s Men of Westport/Weston is one of the area’s most active groups.
The pandemic has curtailed many meetings, making their email blasts more important than ever. The most recent one included this first-person account of COVID-19.
Let one man’s experience be a word to the Y’s.
You cannot overestimate the impact of COVID-19, one of our members told us last week.
His daughter recently came home, feeling fine. He did what every father does: gave her plenty of hugs.
The next morning she woke up feeling she had a light fever, like the flu. He took her for a test. She was positive, and so quarantined in her room for 2 weeks, though she only had symptoms for a day or two.
After a week his wife started feeling badly. He took her for a test. She was positive. He also tested both times and was negative.
Then a few days after his wife’s test he “felt like I got hit by a truck.” He also tested positive and put himself into quarantine for two weeks.
“Pay attention to how you feel.”
He took multiple tests and found that turnaround had increased due to the growing demand — sometimes as long as 5 to 7 days after exposure to have a test show positive. He had 6 negative tests before his positive.
His recommendations were, first: hydrate. Then hydrate some more. “Drink and pee.” Then some more. Flush the virus out of your system. He recommended taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) — not Advil.
Relax as best you can. The moderate case takes 2 to 3 weeks to pass. A more serious, obviously longer.
And pray for a vaccine.
He added: Wash your hands more often than you’ve been accustomed to, wear a mask, keep your social distance, avoid touching your eyes. Avoid indoor gatherings with people who are not members of your household. Wipe down deliveries,
The virus can grow even if you are careful.
He recommended buying a thermometer, a digital device if you don’t have one, and an oximeter, a small and inexpensive device that measures your blood oxygen saturation and heart rate.
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