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.