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For the last two weeks (and longer) we haven’t been anywhere except very deserted walks, but now my child has a cough...

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Fluffydogdog Fri 10-Apr-20 21:20:00

We haven’t come into contact with anyone - except food delivery drivers - for the last two weeks at least (well longer, but I know the incubation period is two weeks which is why I’m mentioning that time period).

Now my kid has a cough. It could be CV or just a cough. But how the heck did he get the cough either way?! Are people really catching stuff from deliveries? But he isn’t even touching the deliveries, we are, he’s not interested in them, so I’m stumped there, too...

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Keepdistance Fri 10-Apr-20 21:32:06

Did you clean the food?
Or quarantine your post?

Also incubation is 1 day to 28days or more. (The 7/14 is probably to slow down the spread). Average is 5 days and 97% were under 11days

However dp and i both got slre throat and cough after being in for about 4w. We havent even been for walks..
But dc2 did already have a fever then cough 29/02. So who knows it's possible she gave something to dc1 who then gave it to us. (But on the same day?) and we got ill fri or sat after a tuesday food delivery where I quarantined the food or cleaned it. But also they ve shown CV can hang in the air 3hrs.

oncemorewithfeeling99 Fri 10-Apr-20 21:32:08

Food packaging?

Hopeisthething Fri 10-Apr-20 21:34:29

Could he have allergies? Pollen count v high right now, the post nasal drip often can cause coughs. So a cough not necessarily sign of an infection.

dudsville Fri 10-Apr-20 21:35:49

I also suspect allergies.

milkjetmum Fri 10-Apr-20 21:37:56

I have had same, I think it has just slowly gone around our house. I was unwell mid march (ill enough with cough to be off work), dd2 late march (mainly sore throat), dd1 now. Dd1 cough has lasted 10 days now but sounds more like croup? She is well in herself. As you say she hasn't been anywhere since schools closed!

SquashedFlyBiscuit Fri 10-Apr-20 21:38:00

Its possibly allergies - really high pollen count now?

However we are high risk so aren't out walking (did you touch a lampost/gate/ anything someone else could have touched? Did someone walk close by you?)

Also deliveries - the delivery driver could have it and be asymptomatic (did you do the 2 meter thing? ) Also we're quaranteening post/deliveries or washing them.

It all sounds crazy but we want as little risk as possible.

THat said - right now its quite possibly allergies...

Bagelsandbrie Fri 10-Apr-20 21:38:42

Hay fever...?

I do suspect the incubation period for coronavirus is much longer than people think. Dh had what we are sure was it and then 3.5 weeks later I came down with it. Very strange. Not tested as didn’t go to hospital.

Frankenheimer Fri 10-Apr-20 21:39:33

DD got a D&V virus after all of us had been on strict lockdown for 16 days.

At first I thought it might be something she ate. But we'd all eaten exactly the same food.

Plus I caught it from her after 5 days. So clearly infectious. (I was the one looking after her.)

Where the fuck did it come from?!

Fluffydogdog Fri 10-Apr-20 21:46:10

Didn’t even think about allergies - could be! I haven’t known him to have them before, but it’s possible.

He doesn’t answer to the deliveries or touch them when they come because he’s not really interested. But he does touch the odd packet here and there.

However, when we go for walks (there is no one there) he is the type to touch every single thing - railings, gate posts, and then will climb trees, picks daisies (I know it isn’t daisies, but an example of how he touches everything!) and so on.

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Geepipe Fri 10-Apr-20 21:50:42

Sounds most likely to be hay fever. Pollen count is very high and ive started with hay fever symptoms today as well. Seems very unlikely to be cv. Given him antihistamines and see how he gets on smile

Mothership4two Fri 10-Apr-20 21:54:23

I always get a cough this time of year from the tree pollen as does my Mum who is self isolating but we are fine in the summer.

As ds is touchy why not get him to wear gloves out and then wash them when you get back?

cormorantes Fri 10-Apr-20 21:54:36

My DDs hay fever has just kicked in this year, which is coughing and sneezing. She only developed it around 8 years old.

Samtsirch Fri 10-Apr-20 21:57:03

Seasonal cough?

Waspnest Fri 10-Apr-20 21:57:10

Loads of tree pollen round here at the moment plus rapeseed is starting to flower. I don't really suffer from hay fever seriously but around this time of year I do start to get a blocked nose and sore throat which makes me cough.

SebandAlice Fri 10-Apr-20 21:58:33

My child has been the same for the last few weeks. I think hay fever. Zirtek sorts it out for a few hours.

amymel2016 Fri 10-Apr-20 22:06:06

I was thinking this exact same thing OP! All my household (DH, DM, me and DS) have been social distancing for 3.5+ weeks, we’ve been out for daily walks and not seen anyone and always washed our hands on return. Any parcels have been left ‘in quarantine’ in the spare room for 72+ hours, my husband has answered the door and washed his hands straight away. We’ve had 2 food shops delivered and everything was wiped down/outer packaging thrown away. However, both me and DS have come down with colds and cough! Pretty sure it’s not CV as we have typical cold symptoms but where did we get it from?!

Takemebackto98 Fri 10-Apr-20 22:23:55

Oh can I jump on here too?!
My dd has been complaining of a sore throat all day. I thought it was hay fever but I’ve just looked in her mouth and she’s got what looks like tonsillitis. We haven’t left the house in over a month so how the hell has she got tonsillitis?!

newmumagainn Fri 10-Apr-20 22:39:13

We haven't left the house in 4 weeks due to newborn, but my 2yo DS came down with a fever last week. Paramedic over the phone diagnosed as tonsillitis and we picked antibiotics up the next day. Not a clue where it came from.

PowerslidePanda Fri 10-Apr-20 22:42:13

The cases of tonsillitis could be bacterial, rather than viral. Certainly in your case, newmumagainn - assuming the antibiotics were effective (they wouldn't do anything if it was viral)

Fluffydogdog Fri 10-Apr-20 22:46:13

Gosh will be relieved if it is hay fever! Haven’t known him to have it before, but I’d probably have put it down to a seasonal cough or something he caught from other kids. He isn’t poorly with it the cough any other way so far.

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Takemebackto98 Fri 10-Apr-20 22:49:32

Where does bacterial tonsillitis come from?

Coughsyrupsucks Fri 10-Apr-20 22:57:42

Get some kid antihistamine and see if it goes away. We all have horrible hay fever which started this week and I’m sure i’m terrifying the neighbourhood with my asthmatic cough. blush

Hope it’s just that!

SisterAgatha Fri 10-Apr-20 23:01:47

We also haven’t been out for 3 weeks and I thought I had a cold on Monday but yep, allergic rhinitis from over zealous cleaning!

Pidgythe2nd Fri 10-Apr-20 23:04:43

@Frankenheimer perhaps the garden?
It’s weird anyway!

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