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COVID recovery

Post by CoHi591 » Sun Feb 07, 2021 7:54 am

I was debating whether to post this because people get weird about COVID discussions but I need to ask.
Without oversharing I will say that I am an incredibly anxious person to the extremes. I live with people who have decided they are bored of precautions and so I have been deeply worried about getting sick.
My question is - those of you that have had it, do you feel like you've been able to fully recover? Runners, cyclists, people who have a high level of fitness and work out a lot, have you been able to get back to where you were before? I realize it's largely up to chance how one's body reacts, but I need some firsthand reassurance that it isn't a life sentence for scarred lungs.

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Re: COVID recovery

Post by Sbenfield » Sun Feb 07, 2021 8:04 am

I had it in November. In fact, I realized I had while hiking a few 13ers on Hoosier Pass. It was an uncomfortable day but I powered through it and got tested the next day to confirm.

My symptoms were mild, coughing lasted about 3 weeks. I was able to return to how I was before though! I feel no lingering effects or anything like that.
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Re: COVID recovery

Post by Cruiser » Sun Feb 07, 2021 8:06 am

Mrs Cruiser had it back in mid-late December and despite having had a mild case she is still experiencing lingering symptoms like shortness of breath and irregular fatigue. She's fairly young and healthy otherwise so this extended duration of symptoms has come as a surprise.

Good friend of mine is what they're calling a long haul guy. Early 50s and in good health otherwise but the covid had him in ICU for 5 days and 4 more in a regular hospital bed. 24/7 supplemental oxygen for a month after they discharged him and still, 2 more months later, experiences low pulse ox levels after even mild exercise.

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Re: COVID recovery

Post by Scott P » Sun Feb 07, 2021 8:35 am

I was borderline being hospitalized back in August. I don't think I fully recovered. My lungs still feel really congested and i sometimes have chest pains.

My son and wife has mild cases while my daughter and I got hit hard.

I still function fine, but I don't think I fully recovered
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Re: COVID recovery

Post by glenmiz » Sun Feb 07, 2021 8:39 am

My 91 year old mother is fully recovered. It's devastating for some folks but not all.
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Re: COVID recovery

Post by stephakett » Sun Feb 07, 2021 9:16 am

i made a full recovery but not everyone is so lucky.
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Re: COVID recovery

Post by HikerGuy » Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:52 am

My symptoms started 4 weeks ago. Tested positive two days after. I am still having trouble with lingering head and chest congestion, fatigue and continued loss of taste and smell. I know exactly how I got it, from my wife, she screwed up. After being careful for almost a year, she let her guard down and went to an indoor happy hour at a restaurant. It seems that we have a thread every week or two about wearing masks outside and I agree, it's unnecessary (I still do it when passing others as a courtesy, but this thing really does not spread outdoors). However, it is NOT safe to be inside a public space without a mask. Just don't do it, it's not worth it. I'm an otherwise healthy, active 51 yo male, 6' 3", 175 lbs with no pre-existing conditions or comorbidities. COVID sucks and it's not like the flu at all.
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Re: COVID recovery

Post by CaptCO » Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:57 am

Yes
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Re: COVID recovery

Post by mgmotomx » Sun Feb 07, 2021 11:18 am

My son(7) and I(51)had Covid in July. I had mild symptoms and my son had fever for about 2 hrs. As soon we felt better we went for a test hike of 7miles with backpacks. All went well and a mounth later we where standing on Mt Whitney. I might have some issue with test and smell
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Re: COVID recovery

Post by gb » Sun Feb 07, 2021 12:14 pm

i've been lucky/careful enough not to have it yet, but from the people I know who have had it, it's completely luck of he draw. An extremely fit friend of mine (now 50) had it nearly a year ago. A big day for him now might be a mile long walk, he's nowhere near where he once was. Before Covid, he'd MTB 100 miles in a day or climb Denali or Huascaran. Another friend also had it nearly a year ago and she still can't taste or smell anything. She said on the upside is she's saving money buying boxed wine since all wine tastes the same now anyway. Also very fit and in her 40's. Then there's one of my sister-in-laws. Cancer survivor, obese, doesn't eat well, doesn't exercise much, older. I was really worried when she got it, but instead she got a little fatigued for a few days and is totally fine now.

Like I said, it's random. Personally I'm going to be as careful as I can be and can't wait to get the vaccine and I hope most people do the same.
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Re: COVID recovery

Post by Lioness » Sun Feb 07, 2021 1:13 pm

It is amazing how interconnected the world is. A virus starts in China and the world is at risk.

Imagine if the world had a population of 7 billion when the Spanish Flu hit. The estimates is that about 2.5% of the world population died from it. That would be 175 million of the 7 billion today.

By 2100 it is estimated there will be 10.9 billion people on the planet.

More people will probably be killed by climate change but that will not really be addressed because it is slow moving and not dramatic.
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Re: COVID recovery

Post by Bale » Sun Feb 07, 2021 1:38 pm

Yeah, it seems to be a crapshoot. My wife and I had it in November and we are fine. I had flu-like symptoms for one day and lost taste and smell for about four days. She had a mild cough that persisted for a couple months. My advise to the OP is to keep taking precautions until you can get the vaccine, though I realize it’s tough when the folks around you have given up.
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