I documented my suspicion of having caught the virus in March 2020. Even though my body was reacting to something for six weeks, my hands were sore and weak for another 3 weeks until mid-May. Below is my diary.
March 7, Saturday morning, Day 1: 12 cases in NYC. I breathed in a strong cloud of germs while riding Q53 SelectBus leaving Queens Mall. I was not wearing a mask. I tried to control my breathing to reduce intake. The trip was about 8 minutes until Metropolitan Ave. Normally, my body would fight off germs. Or, if I got infected, symptoms would show up in about 2 to 3 days.
March 9, Monday, Day 3: 25 cases in NYC. Sensed that germs were in my throat. Started reading about the virus and any first person stories. Very little was available.
March 10, Tueday, Day 4: 32 cases in NYC. Felt that the germs have grown and expanded. Decided to tell my mother and wife of the Saturday incident. Expecting it may be corona virus, my wife bought hand sanitizers, masks, alcohol online even at a premium. I told my mother that I will stay away from the kitchen and rooms she frequents. My wife separated my towels, and asked me not to do tasks I normally do for her.
March 11, Wednesday, Day 5: 53 cases in NYC. Woke up feeling normal. Felt great that I don't have the expected symptoms. Went to Quest for a scheduled blood test. Asked about corona virus testing. Was told that I need a doctor's prescription. Instead, I bought an extra thermometer so I won't share my wife's. Tested at 98.2º. Mother canceled a family get together this weekend.
March 12, Thursday, Day 6: 88 cases in NYC. Separated areas in house that I use, and avoid places where frequented by mother and wife. Started sleeping in guest room and cleaning hands and places that I may leave some virus.
March 13, Friday evening, Day 7: 137 cases in NYC. Felt sore muscle. No cough. Throat a bit sore. Felt fever coming. Temperature 98.7º.
March 14, Saturday, Day 8: 185 cases in NYC. Felt surface sores on left index finger and right elbow. Did not last long. Temperature 97.8º. Felt germ at upper right lung. First diarrhea. Throat sensitive to coughing.
March 15, Sunday, Day 9: 269 cases in NYC. A bit of runny nose. Stomach not feeling well. A few dry coughs. The lump in right lung harden. Deep breaths. Feeling tired, briefly. Back muscle sored. Canceled upcoming appointments. Temperature 98.0º.
March 16, Monday, Day 10: 464 cases in NYC. Feeling normal. Lump in lung not as hard. Throat itchy. No fever. Left arm sore a bit. Went to drug store. Noticed that cough and cold medicine was cleared out. Diarrhea #2. Temperature 97.6º.
March 17, Tuesday, Day 11: 923 cases in NYC. Sore left leg. Right calf sore. All lasted a few minutes. Temperature 97.5º.
March 18, Wednesday, Day 12: 2,009 cases in NYC. Have I recovered? Don't know. Temperature 97.7º.
March 19, Thursday, Day 13: 3,954 cases in NYC. I can still feel the virus within me. Slight headache and runny nose.
March 20, Friday, Day 14: 5,683 cases in NYC. Sore twitching below left arm muscle. Virus in left upper lung. I can still feel it in my throat. Temperature 98.2º.
March 21, Saturday, Day 15: 8,115 cases in NYC. Virus felt at right lower lobe of lung. Upper lungs feeling slight burning feeling. No cough. No fever.
March 22, Sunday, Day 16: 10,764 cases; 99 deaths. Went for a 5-mile jog. Felt minor throat burning due to an hour of huffing and puffing. Virus blob felt in left middle lung.
March 23, Monday, Day 17: 13,119 cases; 125 deaths. It rained most of the day. Left leg sored. Read that temporary loss of smell, taste, even hearing are possible signs. Had none of those. Temperature 98.4º.
March 24, Tuesday, Day 18: 15,597 cases; 192 deaths. Canceled participation in a group meeting as a precaution. Diarrhea #3. Temperature 98.4º.
March 25, Wednesday, Day 19: 20,011 cases; 280 deaths. Felt lump in left middle lung. Slight pinching pain in that area. Breathed in virus occasionally when riding bus and subway. Sensitive to anyone who coughs.
March 26, Thursday, Day 20: 23,112 cases; 365 deaths. Did some in-house painting to pass some time. Left lung felt itchy. Temperature 98.6º.
March 27, Friday, Day 21: 26,697 cases; 450 deaths. Started to cough, dry. Pinched right leg and right thumb. Lung warm. Temperature 98.1º.
March 28, Saturday, Day 22: 30,765 cases; 672 deaths. Felt virus at back of throat. Right lung a bit heavy. Pinched nerve below right collar bone. CityMed said testing is only available if ordered by physician.
March 29, Sunday, Day 23: 33,474 cases; 776 deaths. I got a few more nerve pinchings on the left side. Sore throat, but no coughs. Napped 2 hours.
March 30, Monday, Day 24: 38,087 cases; 914 deaths. Coughed a few times. A few more nerve pinching spots and sores. Called a few friends checking up on them. Temperature 98.4º.
March 31, Tuesday, Day 25: 41,1771 cases; 1,096 deaths. Minor pain in chest. A few dry coughs. Helped wife to apply for NYS unemployment benefits. Took over 2 hours.
April 1, Wednesday, Day 26: 45,707 cases; 1,374 deaths. Phlegm is now regular in throat. Anything spicy would trigger cough. Starting to know people who caught the virus. Drink a lot of water would help? Temperature 98.8º.
April 2, Thursday, Day 27: 49,707 cases; 1,562 deaths. Felt minor inflamation of lung. Throat wall weak.
April 3, Friday, Day 28: 56,289 cases; 1,867 deaths. Chest felt itchy. Wore mask when outside. Four weeks later, I still have it.
April 4, Saturday, Day 29: 60,850 cases; 2,254 deaths. Virus resting in lung.
April 5, Sunday, Day 30: 64,955 cases; 2,472 deaths. Felt brief moments of pain in lung.
April 6, Monday, Day 31: 68,776 cases; 2,738 deaths. Beautiful weather today. A few dry coughs. Pinching at a few nerve spots. Nasal passage sensitive. Throat a bit itchy.
April 7, Tuesady, Day 32: 74,601 cases; 3,544 deaths. Few spots of pain in lung. Itchy chest. A few dry coughs.
April 8, Wednesday, Day 33: 80,204 cases; 4,260 deaths. No new development. Relatives in Taiwan called worried about us in NYC.
April 9, Thursday, Day 34: 87,725 cases; 4,778 deaths. Surpassed total cases in China. No change. A minor headache.
April 10, Friday, Day 35: 94,409 cases; 5,429 deaths. Is my neurological symptoms fizzing?
April 11, Saturday, Day 36: 98,715 cases; 5,742 deaths. A few wet coughs. Am I recovering?
April 12, Easter Sunday, Day 37: 104,410 cases; 6,182 deaths. Minor migraine with feeling of stuffy nose without the swelling. Temperature 98.2º.
April 13, Monday, Day 38: 107,263 cases; 6,589 deaths. Stuffy nose feeling still persist, but not as bad as the past 2 days.
April 14, Tuesday, Day 39: 114,424 cases; 6,840 deaths. Throat is still sensitive to coughing.
April 15, Wednesday, Day 40: 117,565 cases; 7,563 deaths. Had a few wet coughs. Temperature 98.4º.
April 16, Thursday, Day 41: 122,148 cases; 7,890 deaths. Have I recovered? Not fully self yet.
April 17, Friday, Day 42: 126,368 cases; 8,448 deaths. I think I am recovering even though I still feel some muscle aches and lung stuffiness.
April 18, Saturday, Day 43: Snowed Upstate and at the Catskills. First full day of mask wearing requirement statewide.
April 19, Sunday, Day 44: 132,467 cases; 9,101 deaths; 4,582 probable. Am I recovering?
May 29, Friday, 6 weeks later: The first week that COVID-19 antibody testing was available, I got tested. Result: NOT DETECTED. I am certain that I had it though I have no antibody.