COVID-19: It Is Already Here, Widespread and You Probably Had It

There is no shortage of information about COVID-19. However, that information ranges from the factual to the downright absurd. The reactions to this pandemic by the American people, by local, state and national governments, doubly so. I have a few theories regarding the nature of this illness that, due to my lack of status in the medical community, will undoubtedly draw scorn and alienate me among some friends. My opinions are not mainstream but I believe circumstantial evidence could validate my thoughts if pursued by experts. Nothing about COVID-19 justifies the extraordinary measures being taken to combat it. 

I, like so many, have been scrambling to read as much material on the subject as I can. I read a variety of articles, symptom lists, advised precautions, statistics and unique features being discovered on a daily basis. The virus is real and it is nothing to trifle with. It has a serious kick to it. Like many illnesses, it can kill people. Those most susceptible to the Coronavirus are the elderly and those who have pre-existing conditions. I can also say, with confidence, it is already here, it is widespread and it has been. I say this because I have already had it and so have many of you.

According to the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization, the list of symptoms is as follows:

CDC

  1. Fever (over 100°)
  2. Cough (dry in nature)
  3. Shortness of Breath

WHO

  1. Fever
  2. Fatigue
  3. Dry Cough
  4. Headache
  5. Aching or Pain in Joints and Muscles
  6. Nasal Congestion
  7. Runny Nose
  8. Sore Throat
  9. Diarrhea

The symptoms are common to a variety of illnesses and can, when listed on paper, easily be concealed by other occurring diseases. With test kits so rare and in high demand, the chances that the average person will be tested is remote. That leaves many to speculate or self-diagnose. How can the average person, then, come to some reasonable conclusion that they have contracted COVID-19? 

Timeframe is a key component that makes this illness unique from others. With the Flu, which it tends to mimic, the incubation period is roughly 1 to 2 days from exposure. The duration of the Flu is approximately 5 to 7 days. With Coronavirus, it takes from 5 up to 14 days after exposure to manifest symptoms. The duration is another matter. COVID-19 lasts an average of 2 weeks and, depending on the individual, can last over 3 weeks (this is a key feature that I will come back to shortly). 

There are also indications the virus favors certain blood types. Type O, while not immune by any stretch, seems less susceptible. Type A, however, appears to have a higher infection rate with the symptoms being rated more severe. What is perplexing, should this statistic have merit, is that Type O is the most common blood type and A is the second most common. 

Now, let’s look at the dangers of pre-existing and underlying medical conditions that create the complications most often leading to death. This is a Respiratory Illness. It attacks the sinuses, the throat and the lungs. If one is already predisposed to infection in these areas, they will have a very difficult time with COVID-19. Indeed, triggering broader infections may be a critical feature of this virus. Asthmatics, people with Emphysema, Lung Cancer, Bronchitis, or Pneumonia are all in a high risk category for obvious reasons. Add in those with weakened or compromised immune systems and it becomes apparent why a virus that lasts up to 3 weeks can be so detrimental to any of the above listed. It would be like fighting a war on 2 fronts. If your immune system is healthy, you may contract it and recover quickly or you may hardly know you have it at all.

So back to my bold claim to have already had it. Back in November through December, my family acquired an illness that in no way resembled a common cold as its symptoms were beyond the mild runny nose, cough and sore throat (sans fever). It acted like the Flu but it lasted nearly a month. Each of the 6 members in my household were affected differently by each symptom. The symptoms were fever, chills, tight dry cough, sinus congestion that mimicked allergies and constant exhaustion. My wife had several instances where she woke up short of breath. I even had 5 separate occasions when I suddenly felt light headed (it was the feeling you get when you stand up too fast). This was not due to blood pressure, as I checked it believing that was the source of the problem. At one point we even wondered if we had black mold in our house.

According to the website below, , the span of time when a patient becomes infected until (in the case of those who die) they succumb to the illness can be anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Statistics and Research

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Statistics and Research

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is a new global problem. This is our overview of the early research and data on the outbreak. We update this page daily.

Source: ourworldindata.org/coronavirus

Some reports have indicated that China had cases as early as November. It was a cluster of Pneumonia patients who tested negative for the Flu virus in Wuhan, China in late December that led to additional testing. For the Coronavirus to have developed into the pneumonia the patients presented with, they could have been infected as early as the first week of November. Due to its high infection rate and the percentage of people who have only mild symptoms, if any (approx: 80%), this outbreak may have occurred much earlier than the initial December 29th Wuhan emergence. All we know is someone decided to test these patients at the heart of a pneumonia cluster and a new virus strain was discovered. This, if true, means the virus had a two month head start on all of our current countermeasures.

If, in fact, it was running its course as early as the beginning of November, we may actually be seeing the decline of the initial wave, or even a re-emergence, rather than the onset. This does not mean it is going away. Another characteristic is its ability to reinfect someone. For instance, an American woman who contracted it while on a cruise recovered from it. After traveling to Malaysia, she became reinfected. 

Our healthcare industry, unaware of the virus’s presence, frequently diagnosed those who presented having symptoms, with pneumonia (which is the later stage and point when most people finally seek medical treatment), bronchitis, respiratory infections or even the Flu. Now, having a shortage of tests, they are still unable to determine with any accuracy how many cases there are. The Allen County Health Commissioner, which oversees Ft.Wayne, Indiana made the statement that COVID-19 is already in the community but a shortage of tests prevents viable assessments. As we are now seeing an increase in the availability of tests, we are seeing an exponential explosion of cases, proving that it is already here and widespread. See the current recommendations for criteria here: 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.

Source: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/index.html

That brings up another point. We know it is highly contagious. We know it affects those with weak immune systems and precipitates pneumonia in the frail of health. We know the list of symptoms (which has just moved diarrhea higher on the list since it appears to be an early symptom in up to 50% of cases). However, did you know there is a higher rate of toothaches (more specifically infection settling into the jaw) in conjunction with COVID-19? 

A coworker and I were discussing the possibility that the virus had been here since November. He explained that he and his wife were sick around that time. Many of their symptoms, as well as the duration of the illness, led him to believe they had it. At that point he mentioned having a toothache while he was sick. He went to the dentist, who told him his tooth was fine but that he had an infection pocket in his jaw. This was when the light went on my head. During my bout with this illness, I too, had a 4 day toothache that had an infection pocket. After expanding this conversation to include others, it was discovered that there were about 8 people in my immediate circle who had a toothache or jaw pain while sick. 

Another symptom that does not appear to be noticed is the variety of common infections that COVID seems to exploit with a great deal of efficiency. Ear infections, throat infections, even kidney and bladder infections tend to be commonly in attendance with the virus. Because of this, it does explain why compromised immune systems would have a difficult time warding off the disease. 

Just ask yourself a few questions.

  1. Have I had a cough, cold or Flu in the last few months that lasted over 2 weeks?
  2. Have I had a toothache, bladder or ear infection in conjunction with a cold or Flu that lasted over 2 weeks?
  3. Have I had a fever, diarrhea and a cough in the duration of the same illness?
  4. Have I experienced exhaustion that lasted for several days with no commensurate labor to explain it?
  5. Have I had a respiratory infection that came on suddenly?
  6. Have I had a stiff neck or joint pain during a bout with a cold? 
  7. Have I experienced the dizzy feeling of lacking air in spite of breathing normally?
  8. Have I had diarrhea prior to the onset of a dry cough, fever or chills?
  9. Have I gone to the hospital for an illness that would not go away after 1 to 2 weeks?
  10. Have I developed pneumonia after an apparently mild cold or Flu?

COVID-19 presents, not so much like a Flu but like whatever infection you are prone to. If you are susceptible to ear, nose or throat infections, this virus will present through that exacerbated symptom. It will find the gap in our biological armor. It will detect our weakness and use it to compromise our immune systems. That appears to be the MO of the Coronavirus. Its duration seems to demonstrate how it attacks and how, against some, it succeeds. This fundamental characteristic also explains why no two victims experience the same symptoms though there are commonalities in most. We all, being different from one another and being all at various stages of health, react to it in our own unique way. 

These are the reasons I believe this virus passed through the United States months before it was officially diagnosed. I believe it has run its course. The aftermath has already proven out. The death toll may never be known. The States’ reactions are defective, not because they fail to stop the spread, but because it already has. To draw on an old addage, ‘The horse is already out of the barn.’ The lack of tests available retains an artificially low infection rate. The extent of the damage has already been revealed.

I am not diminshing the threat it poses to risk groups. I am simply saying if there were cases in China and the United States at roughly the same time, it could easily have emerged undetected even as far back as October. It may also mean that the source of COVID-19 was not located in China or the United States but some other location. It is a biological wildfire. Its communicability rate is high. It can and continues to take lives. Lacking more aggressive testing, we have no idea how many cases exist currently. If 80% only experienced minor symptoms, it took a week or more to manifest symptoms and its contagious nature make the job of those tracking its progression impossible, all that can be done is to react. At this point, any attempt at containment is futile. 

I am not a medical professional so do not make decisions based on my assessments. I am speculating based on patterns, widely available information from multiple sources, the testimony of those who have been infected, personal experience and conversations with people both locally and around the country. It is already here, has been, it is widespread and you have probably already had it. If what many of us have experienced with the illness that I have described is not the Coronavirus but another illness altogether, then immediate testing should commence to determine what this second strain, present since early last fall and sharing many COVID characteristics, is. 

 

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