It seems I got COVID from a presymptomatic spreader (a friend) during my weekend in DC.

The incubation period was about 2 days or less–shorter than expected with Delta and earlier variants, but dependent on the infectious dose and the ability of this variant to spread from cell to cell.  

I am recovering but have very low energy, and will try to catch up with posting as soon as I can.  I had several days of brain fog.

As I have tried to explain to people before, even though presymptomatic spread is not identical to asymptomatic spread, for practical purposes they are the same. I caught COVID from someone who had no symptoms. I caught it by breathing the same indoor air.  I caught it through airborne transmission. [Why did it take CDC over a year to admit that airborne spread occurs?] We spent a few hours together in my hotel room, visited friends, and were in a car together for perhaps an hour.

You don’t get COVID from spread outdoors, because virus gets diluted so quickly in outdoor air, especially given the wind factor.  However, it is possible that both my friend and I were more susceptible to catching COVID, having stood outside for about 5 hours on the Mall in DC when it was roughly 30 degrees outside.

I have some advice for dealing with COVID.  Write down everything you are taking and the times you take it.  The supplement and medicine recommendations are complicated, and you are not thinking clearly.  This will help you get the doses right.

I have only been sick for a few days, and I already lost 5 pounds.  It is extremely easy to get dehydrated with this disease:  you have fever, you are too exhausted to get food and water, you may have GI symptoms (I had severe cramps and diarrhea), and things taste bad or bother your stomach.  You have to force yourself to keep sipping fluids, regardless!  Dehydration is what puts a lot of people into the hospital.

UPDATE:  People asked how I know I have COVID.  My friend got tested–but the tests are not always accurate.  I made the diagnosis based on clinical signs and symptoms.  It’s a doctor thing. 

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KRolson
KRolson
5 months ago

Get Well Soon!

Be ready for the incoming several feet of snow for your neck of the woods.

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 months ago

So sorry, Meryl, that you got sick.
But how do you know that this is covid? Also, how do you know who gave it to you if you were going places and so on? Did you friend get sick as well after being presymptomatic?

Wondering about all these things. Nobody is talking currently about stomach flu, flu, different colds, bronchitis, pneumonia and so on. Everything is currently covid.
Why? Maybe you just got bad stomach flu? I had one once with the same symptoms and sufferings. My son came from Mexico (before covid) with the same symptoms. He was very bad for couple days, I managed to help him.

Take care and get well soon.
People are needed your spirit.

Melanie Kimball
Melanie Kimball
5 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Hmmm. I’m convinced we had it Oct-Dec 2019, working with internationally commuting clients. It was the enduring cough then as now. So many unknowns and “unspeakables”. Grateful to have discovered this forum!

JD
JD
5 months ago

Feel Better Soon, Meryl😇

Jennifer Walters
Jennifer Walters
5 months ago

It’s no wonder with all the stress you have been under. Hope you feel better soon! As a nurse I must insist you stay hydrated.I found with covid symptoms that are treated early, the greatest threat is the dehydration. You must schedule a IV vitamin C or NAC from a mobile IV company that help fend off hangovers or the flu. All of my home health pts have IV services on-call PRN. It saves them the trip to the horror hospital. I checked and there are some in your State. One was The Recovery Room in Portland. I am sure there are more. Also, Dr Brownstein adds iodine into his 3% HP/NS mixture for the nebulizer, that perks people right up as well.I know you already know this but covid symptoms are yucky & make you feel like hammered poop. Big hugs and prayers!

Melanie Kimball
Melanie Kimball
5 months ago

Hang in there! It ran through my family in December. Some did tests and were +, we didn’t bother. Started the “protocol” as soon as taste and smell issue emerged. It was a 4-day slog but the cough lingered for a couple weeks. Worst part? Fear of policy consequences for teacher, fireman and school kids. All is well. Hydrate!

Maggie
Maggie
5 months ago

I love that you are giving sound medical advice from your sick bed. “Write down what you take and when because otherwise you won’t remember”. It’s another Dr. thing. I hope you recover with greater vigor and health soon.

Free Thinker
Free Thinker
5 months ago

Dear Dr. Nass,
I hope you are feeling better soon.
Please know that there are many people out there who are very grateful for all that you are doing.
Thank you very much for you4 continued care, even while you are sick, you are still looking out for others. THANK YOU!

Ari Goldberg
Ari Goldberg
5 months ago

Just curious – did you try any of the early-early treatments, such as nasal atomization with diluted hydrogen peroxide or povidone-iodine, gargling with the same or mouthwash with Cetylpyridinium Chloride, or nebulized hydrogen peroxide? And failing that, how about early treatments like HCQ or IVM with zinc & azithromycin, budesonide, fluvoxamine, etc.?

John S.
John S.
5 months ago
Reply to  Ari Goldberg

Hoping you get well soon. Nebulizing as per Ari worked great for me and
Omicron.

TheCovidPilot
4 months ago

There is a great deal of research about the impact of vitamin D on the immune system. I have read quite a few articles and have references if anyone wants them.

Vitamin D deficiency is an indicator that covid may likely progress and about 75% of the US population is either vitamin D deficient or insufficient. Immune competence seems to be achieved at 50 ng/ml of serum 25OHD.

People have tried D3, but D3 takes weeks to have much impact on 25OHD levels. Calcifediol is fast-acting (it IS 25OHD, after all). It can be prescribed in the US as “Rayaldee” and ordered online as “Fortaro.”

If there is an urgent need, bolus 0.5 mg calcifediol should work fine to raise 25OHD levels no more than 100 ng/ml. Likely within hours. You’ll know you need it if your covid progresses.

I take 20 micrograms Fortaro daily, starting five days ago. I also take 200 micrograms of K2 because D and K are needed in combination for calcium management.

Disclaimer: This is just for educational purposes.

Geri
Geri
4 months ago

Our family of 5 tested positive on Jan 28 (in Germany). We’re through now with zinc, quercetin, hory goat weed, he sho wu, irvingia gabonensis, aspirin, liposomal l-gluthathione, essential phospholipides and a lot of bromhexin. Our oldest son choose to take Ivermectin, the rest of us considered it not to be necessary. Inhalations with 0,04% H2O2 in physiologic salt solution, following the Brownstein Protocol, kept the lungs free of trouble. I think that weakness is attributed to poisoning, mitochondrial damage and ACE/ACE2 imbalance following the disease. If you rebuild ACE2 (with he sho wu, also called fo ti), vitamin B3 and others you can correct the receptor imbalance. If you apply the Wahls Protocol from Dr. Terri Wahls you can repair mitochondrial damage. You can use PQQ, Ubiquinol, L-Gluthahion among others. Liposomal L-Gluthathion sublingual should clear the brain fog. For more energy use Citrullinmalat and D-Ribose. I’m no doctor. Get well soon.

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