On the news the other day, I heard that people saying that the Delta variant is being characterized by some unusual symptoms. In particular they're talking about it seeming like a bad cold.
It surprised me that they would think that was a new symptom. Back in January 2020 the Chinese told us that many people experienced COVID-19 as a bad cold ab initio.
So I had a bad cold. I remember when I caught it. It was February 25, 2020. I went to do an equity audition in New York City. I waited in very crowded areas to participate in this audition. A day or two later I got a scratchy throat. And then a day or two after that my nose started running
We knew that Covid was an issue at that point. I didn't think I had Covid. It was a cold. My nose was running. At the time, the media was saying that COVID wouldn't include a runny nose. I never had chest involvement and I never had a fever of over 99°F.
I treated this cold as I always treat colds. I used to zinc spray in my nose and throat. I rinsed my nose and gargled with salt water. I was concerned about Covid, so I stayed home. I figured that catching Covid when I had a cold would be bad.
Now I had a cold in December 2019, as well. I treated that cold exactly the same way. I washed it out within eight days with the salt water.
The second cold was quite different. Even though I rinsed three and four times a day, my sinuses were not clear for 18 days after my nose started running. Also I had a symptom that I had never had before. I felt as if I had abrasion in my sinuses. It felt like a skinned knee. There was some blood in the mucus when I blew my nose, and when I rinsed.
The bug never went into my lungs. I never lost my sense of smell or taste. I feel that I made a full recovery.
Later, I read some things on the Internet that said that if you had a cold that lasted more than a week it might be Covid. I've read other things that said if you had a symptom that you never had before it might be Covid. Also they said that there was frequent sinus involvement with COVID.
While I never did completely lose my sense of smell or taste, there was a taste artifact. My favorite herbal tea was always Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice. Sometime in the spring of 2020 -- I don't remember the date -- I discovered that I could no longer tolerate the taste of my favorite herb tea. My son is having to drink it for me, because I can't stand it. I haven't noticed this with any other foods.
I got an antibody test in the first week of May, because I started becoming suspicious that my weird cold might be covid. The antibody test was negative. However, about the same time, the talking heads were saying that if you had a mild case the antibodies might be gone in two months.
Also, I've talked to vaccinated people who went out and started socializing immediately after getting vaccinated, and got bad calls – even though the talking heads are saying that there aren't very many colds going around.
I suspect that the bad cold version of Covid has been around from the start. I still don't know if that weird cold that I had was Covid or not -- but maybe it was.
My motivation in putting this up is that perhaps some researcher will find it and it will be useful for better understanding the pandemic.