How I Recovered from Coronavirus in 10 Days
I was quite shocked when I saw my first swab test was positive. My biggest fear was Afraid of my parents being worried or panicked because of this news. Not because the Covid itself. I believe It will be healed with self isolation since luckily it didn’t affect my respiration.
The symptom I felt was mild, I only had fever for one day, no cough and sore throat at all. Then the next days I lost my appetite, muscle ache and feeling tired easily just like after doing works. I remember I couldn’t smell the room perfume at all, that is when I feel weird and asked to have a swab test.
My first swab test was on Oct 20th, 2020. I took a three days test result which cost IDR 1.000.000( USD 70). As the result turned out positive on Oct 23rd , I tried in the other hospital with 1 day test result and cost IDR 1.350.000 (USD 97) turned out the same. Thus, I decided to have my own self isolation.
I remember, there were 2 employees from the office as well who had a fever for several days and cough. Though on the day they were tested, they were already healthy, the result turned out to be positive. What breaks my heart was they were crying once hearing the result, I noticed in their fear is not just about Covid itself but also about how If they must be hospitalized and they couldn’t afford it. Yes, the swab test in Jakarta is extremely expensive, it ranges from IDR 800.000–2.000.000 , with the minimum wage in Jakarta is Rp 4.276.000. It is already at least 25% of monthly salary, not including the medicine and second swab test yet. That makes me sad. Who can afford it!
These are the chronologies of my recovery process:
October 13 : the first time I caught a fever for just one day, It’s gone the next day, no cough and sore throat at all
October 14: I couldn’t smell room perfume which has subtle scent, I thought it was okay, though some people already started to tell me to do my swab. Then I started to feel tired easily though I was working from home
October 15–19: Everyday lost my appetite, had a muscle ache and feel tired, I thought it was okay too just feel like tired after doing works as usual. Frankly those days I suspected it.
October 20: Had my first swab test
October 23: Got my result , then tried at the other hospital
October 24: Got the same result and started to self isolation. The hospital scheduled me to have the next swab test on Nov 2nd. On that day I felt better
October 25: I felt much better, I ate quite a lot than usual and didn’t feel tired at all
October 26: I felt okay in the morning, then had muscle ache and nausea after working the whole day in front of my laptop.
October 27–30: Feeling tired easily when walking and talk too much with other people on the phone, quite lost my appetite. I felt it returned worse than Oct 25. Those days I quite worried and wondering if that’s normal and chat to some doctors everyday from online doctors. I googled people who caught Covid and found from the BBC people who caught it for 6 months.
October 31: I had a better appetite and enthusiasm to do my activity
November 1: I felt sleepy the whole Sunday so mostly just sleeping, still wondering if that was normal.
November 2: Had my swab test, Before I gargled with Betadine mouthwash.
November 3: FINALLY! My result was NEGATIVE !!
Since, There are no medicine yet! So each who got Covid just need vitamins, healthy food, and sunbathe for 15 mins around 8–9 AM.
The vitamins I took everyday:
- Vitamin D 5000iu
- Vitamin C 2000 mg
- Zinc 3x25 mg
- Vitamin E (once a day)
- Jelly Gamat 70–100 ml
- Fu Fang Ejiao Jiang 1 bottle
The key takeaways after chatting with friends who caught and doctors:
- Don’t worry too much if it doesn’t affect your respiratory and you are still young without any initial diseases. It will be cured with hygiene, proper vitamins and healthy food.
- The dangerous one is yes for elderly who has complex disease. So yes please taking care of your parents too. Buy vitamins and ask them to have it regularly.
- Doing self isolation is suggested better than in hospital as in the hospital you will be contacted to other patients too just like in dormitory (this is the case if you can taking care your own food too)
- There are people who caught Covid with no symptoms around us. Trust me! Because I have some friends who are already really well and healthy and after the second swab the virus still there. Use your mask always in public area.
- For some cases Taking vitamins could cause ulcer thus Having ulcer medicine before eating is suggested
- It’s not scary but please don’t underestimate it too!
Remember Spanish Flu in 1928 killed 50 million people at that time which was extremely worse than this. In today’s world, I have a faith the vaccine will be invented in at least 1–2 years (I keep praying for this!)
Last, I believe it’s important that you have a great support system during your isolation, who can listen to your stories , cheers you, give you a courage and faith. And about my parents, I was surprised they didn’t shock at all, just feel as If it’s a usual disease with usual treatment. Relieved for it.
If you caught Covid and read this article I believe and pray that you can beat the virus and let it go from your body. Fighting!