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Have you lost a loved one to COVID-19? What is your experience?
I wanted to start a thread so we could support one another during this worldwide pandemic. Are you scared? Here is a place where we can encourage and support one another - a place to tell our personal story. I have a daughter who is an ICU physician in Colorado. I pray for her safety every day. Maybe you have concerns too? I am hoping this thread could be a place for sharing and supporting one another.
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Hi Lori,

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).

George
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!
Lori

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.

Stay Safe.

RK
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2 replies by George Freeman and LORI WILSON
Mar 28, 2020 11:41 PM
George Freeman
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Hi Rami,

Wanted to follow-up, how are you feeling?

George
Mar 30, 2020 11:13 AM
LORI WILSON
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Hello Rami - I hope this note finds you feeling better. I am so sorry that you have not been feeling and hope that it is not related to COVID-19. You are a very important part of this virtual community and we need your voice here!
Lori,

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.

Stay safe.

Eduard
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1 reply by LORI WILSON
Mar 30, 2020 11:15 AM
LORI WILSON
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Hello Eduard: Thank you for sharing your experience with us. These are very unique times we find ourselves living and working in. Thank you for being so diligent about social distancing and working from home. My hope is that you experience continued health and wellness.
Mar 27, 2020 6:48 PM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Lori

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.

Stay Safe.

RK
Hi Rami,

Wanted to follow-up, how are you feeling?

George
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Mar 29, 2020 12:08 AM
Rami Kaibni
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Hi George

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.

RK
Mar 28, 2020 11:41 PM
Replying to George Freeman
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Hi Rami,

Wanted to follow-up, how are you feeling?

George
Hi George

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.

RK
Mar 27, 2020 6:48 PM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Lori

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.

Stay Safe.

RK
Hello Rami - I hope this note finds you feeling better. I am so sorry that you have not been feeling and hope that it is not related to COVID-19. You are a very important part of this virtual community and we need your voice here!
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Mar 30, 2020 3:01 PM
Rami Kaibni
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Thank you so much Lori, appreciate it. I had a phone chat with my doctor today and he recommended I just keep monitoring myself for now and not to worry. I am not feeling worse, in fact, a tiny bit better which is good news, I hope.

Thanks for you kind concern and compliment. I appreciate you.
Mar 28, 2020 3:18 PM
Replying to Eduard Hernandez
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Lori,

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.

Stay safe.

Eduard
Hello Eduard: Thank you for sharing your experience with us. These are very unique times we find ourselves living and working in. Thank you for being so diligent about social distancing and working from home. My hope is that you experience continued health and wellness.
Mar 30, 2020 11:13 AM
Replying to LORI WILSON
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Hello Rami - I hope this note finds you feeling better. I am so sorry that you have not been feeling and hope that it is not related to COVID-19. You are a very important part of this virtual community and we need your voice here!
Thank you so much Lori, appreciate it. I had a phone chat with my doctor today and he recommended I just keep monitoring myself for now and not to worry. I am not feeling worse, in fact, a tiny bit better which is good news, I hope.

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.

Kiron
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Mar 30, 2020 4:33 PM
Rami Kaibni
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Thank you Kiron, appreciate it.

I am not really stressed at all but I never had a cough like this before or chest pain and I don't smoke so I shall wait and see.

They are working on a device that can figure out in 15 seconds by scanning your thumb if you have COVID 19. Some astronauts are involved. This is the only way to bring sports and travelling back.

You will start scanning your thumb before your passport. Welcome to the era of Artificial Intelligence.

RK
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