I Got Covid; You Can Too

A university student from Colorado talks about his COVID experience.

Tami Shaikh

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I got COVID in October, and even before the test results came in, I knew I had the virus. It started with fatigue, and after the second day of being exhausted, I couldn’t even get out of bed. It wasn’t regular “being tired” because nothing helped. Usually, when I have a final or something, and I’m exhausted from studying, I always drink coffee, which usually helps but this time, it didn't. I live with four other roommates, and all of us were feeling sick. When I finally got tested, the result was positive, and I was unsure of how to feel. I am an optimistic person, but I also knew that the virus affects everyone differently; there were many unknowns. I also had many other symptoms, including a type of headache that was something I had never felt before. It was a combination of a sinus and stress headache that grabbed the top of my head while pushing down on my eyeballs.

My family lives in California, and I was alone in Boulder, Colorado. I locked myself up in my room and just slept all day. My mother was worried and wanted to come and be with me, but I told her not to.

I think the worst part about having covid is the emotional downward spiral that I went through. I kept telling myself that I would be fine, and I knew I would be ok. But being alone and locked up in my room for a few weeks was the worst. Even though everyone in the house was sick, we all stayed in our rooms and hardly interacted. There is loneliness with this virus because you have to quarantine, and no one understands how it feels physically and emotionally. The Boulder Health Department called me the day after my diagnosis and asked me how I was doing and whether I had been around others. They also gave me a date when I could get out of quarantine.

There were a few good things that came out of it; firstly, I realized how much love and support I had. All my aunts, uncles, cousins, friends called and checked on me. I even had people deliver food to me! It definitely made me feel loved, and I appreciate the people who really care about my well being. I also realized the preciousness of life. One day I was fine working out, studying for university, and the next day I was in bed, unable to get up.

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Tami Shaikh

Author of 3 books, Contributor to Huffington Post, Thrive Global, & Chicken Soup for the Soul. Life is full of stories; I like to tell them. www.tamishaikh.com