Aug. 14, 2020

Our Family Had Covid! Here's How It Went For Us (Bonus Episode)

Amy’s family of 5 had Covid-19 back in March– all “mild” cases, but even in a single household that has meant different things. Here’s how it went down, what Amy has learned, what recovery has looked like, and what to have ready before you need it.


In our back-to-school episode earlier this week, Amy dropped some big news: her immediate family had Covid-19 back in March.

Thankfully, Amy's family had "mild" or "moderate" cases of coronavirus. (Those terms officially include any course of illness that does not include inpatient hospitalization.)

But even in a single household, their experiences ranged from asymptomatic, to 36 hours of fever, to three weeks in bed, to five months and counting of long-term Covid-related illness.

Because listeners expressed interest in hearing more from a fellow parent who's actually gone through Covid-19, in this episode Margaret interviews Amy on

  • how their symptoms progressed
  • what their recovery has looked like
  • and what she thinks you should have ready at home before you need it


Here's what we want you to know: it's worth it to have your kids wearing masks and taking other precautions. Their risk of serious illness is lower; it's not non-existent.

As always, if you have concerns, discuss them with a medical professional!

To find out more about "long Covid," search "long haul Covid," #longhaulers, or go to longcovid.org.

Ed Yong wrote a great overview for The Atlantic: Covid-19 Can Last For Several Months- https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/06/covid-19-coronavirus-longterm-symptoms-months/612679/

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