Back in April I was sick. The symptoms started out like allergies but quickly turned into chills and a fever. I had a rapid COVID test and was told I was negative. Though I had this feeling it might not be accurate, I trusted what I was told about the test, provided informed consent to the few people I played with around that time, we continued to wear masks, and everything was fine.
After I felt better, I felt worse again. I continued to have a persistent dry cough and respiratory issues for 3-4 weeks. Nothing severe, but just enough to have me make a few changes to my schedule here and there.
I have since come to believe that I actually did have COVID. This is based on what I have learned about the test I had.
I recently learned that the FDA put out a warning that this test was giving a higher number of false negatives than estimated. In part, because those taking the nasal swabs were not doing the swab correctly. Either because they weren’t going deep enough or because they were putting the sample in a viral transport medium (solution) before putting them in the machine for analysis. This dilutes the sample to the point where you can get a false result. This is what happened to me.
I don’t know how I acquired the virus. I believe I acquired this from someone who was fully vaccinated. Since early February, I have been in contact with only one person without wearing a mask. With the few other people I’d been around at that time, I was always — with no exceptions — wearing at least one mask, but often two. No other explanation makes sense. Those who know me know I’ve been extremely careful since the pandemic began. and though I’ve been fine for over a month now, I wanted to mention this so that those who did session with me at the time have full disclosure in case you felt sick.
I’m still requiring masks for the time being. Not because I believe I had COVID and am worried I’m still infectious (I wouldn’t be at this point), but because whether you’ve received the vaccine or if you’ve been naturally inoculated, it’s a smart idea while we still have variants being passed around and we’re not fully out of this yet.
If you have any questions about this or if you felt ill between mid-April and mid-June, please let me know.