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Wilberforce1 Tue 16-Jun-20 00:07:39

Exactly that really. I've been absolutely fine up until 7pm ish tonight when I was getting dd ready for bed and I started coughing, since then I have not stopped. It's not chesty/phlegmy, I just seem to have a scratchy throat that's making me cough constantly.

I'm laying in bed convincing myself that I have it, I'm on medication for health anxiety and I'm about 3st overweight so I'm terrified.

What do I do? Do I need a test?

I've been so careful, we were being quite strict but the kids went back to school 2 weeks ago and I've been venturing out to the supermarket etc.

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Keepdistance Tue 16-Jun-20 00:12:38

Book a test. Hopefully it's not covid. Are yiu in an area where there is more iof it. ?

clary Tue 16-Jun-20 00:13:51

Advice to you would be to get a test and self isolate with yr household. Hope you soon feel better.

LemonTT Tue 16-Jun-20 00:16:19

Yes you should get tested. Drive through is the quickest. By being tested you are ensuring that if you are positive you will be monitored and treated correctly. But.

Lots of things cause coughing and anxiety will make you more conscious of the need to cough. There is a small possibility it’s the virus. But about 100k people get tested daily because they have a symptom. Most don’t test positive, only about 1-2k are positive. From that only a small percentage develop severe symptoms.

ThunderCrack Tue 16-Jun-20 00:17:36

Am i right in thinking your whole house hold needs to now isolate?

Kids off school, everyone at home....

Wilberforce1 Tue 16-Jun-20 00:21:45

Thanks for replying.

Lemon that's just what I needed to hear so thank you.

@ThunderCrack that's what I'm thinking, dh is currently working from home but the kids are at school Mondays and Tuesdays so do I keep them home tomorrow and inform the school?

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Wilberforce1 Tue 16-Jun-20 00:25:21

@Keepdistance I've just checked on the BBC website and it says as of today there are 1288 confirmed cases out of a population of over 300,000.

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Whatelsecouldibecalled Tue 16-Jun-20 00:28:56

Everyone in household needs to isolate. You need to book a test. Hopefully it’s just a cough but you must be Tested

ThunderCrack Tue 16-Jun-20 00:30:12

Yes, so the kids need to be off tomorrow and tell the school you are unconfirmed, try book a drive thru test...

Wilberforce1 Tue 16-Jun-20 00:45:29

The kids are going to be so pissed off!! I'll get straight into booking a test in the morning and for now we all stay home.

Thanks everyone 🤞

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ThunderCrack Tue 16-Jun-20 00:51:46

Hope you haven't got it and you wake up in the morning symptomless smile

Barryisland Tue 16-Jun-20 00:52:19

Dont be ridiculous. You have a cough. People still get coughs and colds. Drink plenty of water and have a spoon of honey.
And calm down.

ThunderCrack Tue 16-Jun-20 00:53:46


The advice is, if you have a cough, your whole house has to isolate untill you have a negative test result

Wilberforce1 Tue 16-Jun-20 00:58:08

Thanks for that Barry, really helps. Did you miss the part where I said I'm on medication for health anxiety?

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Whatelsecouldibecalled Tue 16-Jun-20 00:58:11

@Barryisland whilst I agree not to start hysteria the advice is clearly
To isolate until test shows negative if a persistent cough has developed.

People thinking it’s just a cough are spreading more.

My school opened to key worker children two weeks ago. They sent a child in when mum had ‘just a cough’ it then developed they all tested positive for covid. Child included. That then meant 8 families all had to isolate and be tested. Plus the 4 staff that had been in contact with child and then their families. A bloody nightmare. Government guidelines are very clear. Isolate and test

bubbleup Tue 16-Jun-20 01:04:03

Fucking hell 🤣 in wades @Barryisland from the "dementors" thread.

Op, you can get a test

Wilberforce1 Tue 16-Jun-20 01:21:24

Just remembered I have blood on Friday evening so I guess I wait for a result and then let them know.

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OneNewName Tue 16-Jun-20 04:42:35

@Barryisland - lol, have you missed the pandemic?

Lemons1571 Tue 16-Jun-20 08:02:46

@Whatelsecouldibecalled I thought it was just the person in contact with the infected person that had to isolate? Not their entire family as well, unless they have symptoms? So the staff and children in the class would need to be isolated, but not their entities families?

BlueVinca Tue 16-Jun-20 12:14:09

Good luck op. Good idea to get tested rather than go with Barryisland's psychic diagnosis.

CrunchyCarrot Tue 16-Jun-20 13:04:07

Yes people do still get coughs and colds but we have been told to get tested if we develop a cough (or anosmia or develop a temperature). It makes sense to get tested and find out for certain. Good luck OP!

Whatelsecouldibecalled Tue 16-Jun-20 22:04:16

@Lemons1571 I think the concern (rightly or wrongly) was that the family informed school 3 days after the child had been in school and so could have infected the staff who in turn could have infected their families. I think?? I’m not sure. It was a bloody nightmare anyway! Makes me wonder what will happen when we go back. Say a child tests positive and he is taught by 5 teachers that day do all 5 teachers plus his 14 other classMates have to isolate until tested??

Peterbishopssarcasticsmile Tue 16-Jun-20 22:07:12

@Barryisland is probably one of those 'don't go to a&e even if your limb is hanging off' types
It's the official advice, not a hysterical OP.

As others have said OP, isolate and test. Hope you feel better. Hayfever is terrible this year and I've had a bit of a tickly cough and throat from it, do you suffer from it?

netstaller Wed 17-Jun-20 16:41:58

Any update OP?

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