As a family doctor working for the NHS, I can report that this COVID-19 bug is grim and you must heed the advice:
Stay at home > Stay safe > Protect the NHS
At the time my nursing team were making fun of me for not being able to smell the dope on a patient “we can smell it half way down the corridor!” or my family joking that I couldn’t smell the dog after she had been through the cow sheds. Little did we realise that 10 days later I had all the symptoms of COVID-19 apart from a sore throat.
The following week, I was starting to do telephone triage but still seeing pre-booked patients. My nose dripping throughout the week. It felt like I was in some sort of film where the movie-stars nose starts to dribble blood without them initially realising.
I persevered because that’s what we do in the NHS. I didn’t have time to think about the wider symptoms of COVID-19 because I was busy reading the twice daily changes in guidance and dealing with updating our plans for the Medical Centre and how to deal with the imminent onslaught of the peak of the curve.
At that point I didn’t have a temperature or cough.
Now I can tell you that I feel truly awful…