I am an expat living in Mumbai. Germany is home. So, obviously I worry about my friends back home. Some of them have even been infected by the COVID-19 virus.
My friends are in their 30s and they have a 1-year-old daughter as well. When Spring began, they decided to take a trip to Austria with some friends. They are the "more the merrier" type of people so they ended up sharing accommodation as well. What they didn't pay heed to when they were out eating and drinking, was that Austria was the epicentre of the Corona Virus. They were in the middle of the outbreak.
After a few days in Austria, they began showing symptoms of COVID-19 infection. So they cut their holiday short and returned to Germany. On their way back, they called up their family members and told them about their situation. They decided to self-quarantine for the next 14 days. Before they arrived, their family members brought them enough groceries and supplies to last them for the quarantine.
By the time they got home, all three of them were showing symptoms of the virus infection. They had a cough, a medium-high fever. Thankfully, the baby showed the mildest symptoms. They immediately got Corona Virus test kits and all three of them tested positive. This was just the beginning.
Over the course of the next week, their flu symptoms weakened. But new complications developed. Both the parents lost their sense of smell and taste. It was at an extreme level. They couldn't even smell the contents of their daughter's diaper.
With a lot of care and caution, they went back to normal by the end of their quarantine period. Fortune favoured them and nothing major happened. They successfully recuperated and are now happy and healthy. They still continued their quarantine.
But the story doesn't end here.
Even though the rest of the friends in the group didn't show intense symptoms, something happened to one of them. He's a fit young man, in his early 30s. He had very mild flu symptoms and recovered very quickly. So he started engaging in his usual physical activity around the house during his self-quarantine. Things appeared to be quite normal until, suddenly, he developed extreme breathing problems.
He collapsed on the way to the bathroom, in the middle of his own living room.
His friend was quarantined with him and he had medical skills. Being a nurse, he was able to assist him. But the guy with really mild symptoms was almost hospitalized.
The reason why I told you both these stories is because we know nothing about the Corona Virus. It doesn't have a straightforward way of showing itself. It can appear any time and do anything. It doesn't matter if your symptoms are mild or major. Symptoms are symptoms, and if you don't take care of yourself, who will?
I know that you are locked down and you're probably alone (or with family), but your health is still in your hands. Protect yourself and your loved ones.