A while back and on March 26th I mused (you can read it here), that I, and many of the people around me, might have already been exposed to the Coronavirus already. From around early/mid January and through February, our business and many of the people working within it -including my father- caught a nasty bug that lasted weeks to get rid of. In my case, I didn’t suffer high fevers and cough but was really fatigued and completely wiped out at by the end of each work week, something I can honestly say had never happened to me to such a weird extent before.
Now, understand: I knew this post might come across as far fetched or perhaps even wishful thinking on my part. After all, if I and the people around me were exposed to Coronavirus, then we’d be immune to the virus and therefore, we shouldn’t have much to worry about it.
That does NOT mean I’m taking things easy. Even if there is a possibility I was exposed to the Covid-19 virus and have “defeated” it, I have to assume I didn’t and keep myself self-isolated as best as possible.
After all, and as I said before, the first official appearances of the Coronavirus were far after January, so I have to be wrong, right?
I stumbled upon this fascinating article by Chris Persaud on The Palm Beach Post which states…
The upshot of the article?
The novel coronavirus could have infected as many as 171 people in Florida as long as two months before officials announced it had come to the state.
The author of the article has examined new tests done on individuals within the state and determined the very first “positive” of the Coronavirus was found on a 4 year old Duval County girl who had the positive test all the way back on January 1.
The first “official” appearance of Covid-19 in Florida is currently listed as April 3rd.
Here’s the thing: It takes between 4 and 14 days for the virus to incubate in a person and they then get “sick”. So if this little girl had the virus on January 1, it is possible she was infected earlier than that, into perhaps mid-December.
Which means that my musings about the weird illness we experienced in early/mid January and through early February are suddenly not so crazy sounding.
Again, and as I stated in the original post: We have a tourist related business and we see a lot of people from all over the world. Suddenly, the notion we might have been exposed to the Coronavirus isn’t quite so far fetched.
Still, there isn’t a sense of triumph within me. There isn’t a sense that I’m “out of the woods”.
I haven’t been tested for anti-bodies and, given that I’m healthy at the moment I don’t want to waste any first responders’ time checking to see if I had the disease before.
They have more than enough to worry about with the actual sick!
Still, its an intriguing thought, if nothing else.