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I have not lost a loved one to COVID-19. However, we have been in a “concerned state of being” waiting for the two-week mark since my wife started working from home. She was working in downtown Chicago, taking a train and then a bus to her office – sometimes a 4-hour round trip commute, squashed against a see of other commuters.
Today marks that two-week point, so we have some relief. We are currently under a stay-at-home order and are doing well. I’m also working from home, managing all my engagements via MS-Teams, and learning the names of all the dogs who join the video and voice conference calls (including my three who are currently at my feet).
Hi George: So nice to hear from you. Of course you have been worried, your wife was in a situation where she could very easily have been exposed. So glad you are at the 2-week point where you can rest a little easier, but you will still watching for any potential symptoms. We are at a stay at home order in our area as well. I had to giggle when you mentioned learning the names of the all the dogs. We have been having conference calls and I hear dogs in the background every day. We have a new normal bringing some new personal elements to our team dynamics. I'm glad you have three dogs there beside you as you work. Our pets bring a measure of comfort during this time, don't they? I'll keep your wife in my prayers that you and she both remain symptom free!
I am glad you and George are doing well. I just started to work from home (Working from office once a week) but I am feeling a bit off with cough and chest irritation. It comes in waves so I shall wait and see how this shakes off in the next few days. I am hoping for the best.
I haven't and I hope to keep it that way. I am not extremely scared but I am extremely cautious, I don't take any chance on getting infected or contributing in potentially spreading the virus. As we know, the virus doesn't spread itself. I have high respect for everyone that is battling this, either as a patient or as a doctor, nurse, any worker that is helping in gaining control over this pandemic.
Wanted to follow-up, how are you feeling?
Thanks for the follow up, much appreciated. I am more or less the same, maybe a tiny bit better.
Hope you and the family are well and in good health.
Thanks for you kind concern and compliment. I appreciate you.
Great to hear that you are on the mend, Rami!
The stress-levels around the pandemic are such that the slightest feeling of not being "okay" is cause for much greater levels of dread than before.
Even if our symptoms don't match the more well identified ones (e.g. fever, cough, shortness of breath), there is so much we don't know about this virus that your mind won't let you rule it out as a possibility.
Universal availability of a cheap, reliable self-testing capability might be the only way to reduce fears in the long term.
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