We have COVID-19. Everyone in my house is sick. Because there is so much conjecture and disinformation on the subject, I thought I’d share our experience with you. I do not intend to be political, or to have any agenda at all. I just want to give you the genuine facts. If everyone who got the Omicron variant did something like this, I think we’d all feel more empowered to make better-informed decisions.
No disinformation here: Our genuine experience with COVID-19, Omicron variant
Our background with COVID-19
There are 5 adults currently living in my house. Let me give you some background on each of us, up to January 1, 2022.
Daughter 1: Was very ill and tested positive for COVID-19 in late 2020. Had the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in spring 2021. Has some comorbidities.
Daughter 2: Severely ill with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 at least twice in 2020 and 2021. Never took a COVID-19 test. Not vaccinated. No comorbidities.
Son: No major illnesses in 2020 or 2021. Pfeizer vaccine in spring 2021. Exposed to COVID-19 many times, all tests negative. Some comorbidities.
Husband: Sick a few times in 2020 and 2021. Tested for COVID-19 each time, all negative. Moderna vaccine in spring 2021. Several comorbidities.
Me: No illnesses in 2020 or 2021. Moderna vaccine in spring 2021. Exposed to COVID-19 multiple times, all tests negative. No comorbidities.
We are five people, coming at this virus from 5 different angles. My son, husband, and I lived with daughter 1 while she was infected with COVID-19 in 2020. That was before vaccines were available. None of us got sick, although our third daughter, who lived here at the time, did.
Our current timeline with COVID-19, Omicron variant
The above background brings us to January 1, 2022. Here is the timeline of what has transpired since.
- Jan. 1: Daughter 2 finds out she’s been exposed to COVID-19, Omicron variant.
- Jan. 4: Daughter 2 tests positive.
- Jan. 7: Husband tests positive.
- Jan. 10: I test positive.
- Jan. 11: Daughter 1 tests positive.
- Jan. 12: Son tests positive
Daughter 1, Son, and I fell ill at the same time, but our tests were on different days, according to what was required to satisfy the regulations of our different employers. The results confirmed our suspicions that everyone in the household is infected with COVID-19.
Having been vaccinated, or not, has not made a difference. Which vaccine we had, has been of no consequence. Having previously contracted a different variant of COVID-19 has changed nothing. The existence, or not, of comorbidities has not been a factor.
Notably, we are all experiencing the same symptoms, along the same trajectory, at the same severity.
Our symptoms of COVID-19, Omicron variant
Our symptoms, in the order we’ve experienced them have been:
- Sore throat
- Body aches
- Feverish hot/cold spells
- Headache and pressure in the eyes
- Brain fog/difficulty with focus
- Mild congestion
- Coughing fits
- Back and chest pain
- Dizziness and nausea
While the above has been fairly miserable, it has not been debilitating. We are not bedridden. We are quarantining, but those of us who can work remotely have continued to work. We have treated our headaches and coughs with over-the-counter medicines, which have helped some. We are able to take it slow and care for ourselves, each other, and the kids.
I have not discussed the kids because it is difficult to know exactly what they are feeling and I want this post to be completely factual. There are two 2-year-olds and one 5-year-old living in our house. They are also sick.
Our questions about COVID-19, Omicron variant
The questions we are pondering are these:
- Is our experience typical?
- Can anyone expect to avoid this?
- How long will the antibodies last?
- Will the antibodies from this variant be effective against another?
I guess time will tell. In the meantime, if you’ve had COVID-19, Omicron variant, how did it go for you? Was your experience similar?
I have gone over this post with everyone listed above to be sure there is no disinformation here. The consensus is that this is, indeed, our genuine experience with COVID-19, Omicron variant. We’d love to hear about yours!