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Posted 20th Mar
I’m wondering how many people (me included) had the Coronavirus over Christmas /New Year and thought it was just a really bad and weird prolonged version of the flu ie very high fever prolonged headache and sore throat with tight chest(even though I had a flu and pneumonia jab)ie dry cough and breathing difficulties part lasted over 4 weeks.
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I don't think it had spread to the UK back then, it was only identified in Wuhan in December 2019. If somehow people here had been infected with it then the hospitals would have seen a trend in people suffering the symptoms. You probably just had regular bog standard flu that goes around at winter.
We had a colleague in work around October time, who after coming back from Rome took what he thought was just the flu at the time, then ended up in hospital with severe breathing difficulties and was in ICU for 2 days. Within a few days 5 of us in the office (literally it was like desk infront, followed by next desk infront, followed by desk beside, etc) all came down with a really heavy flu (I'm hardly ever ill) and another also ended up in hospital with breathing difficulties. At the time the doctors said they thought it was a strain of a flu but they had never seen anything like it before.
Edited by: "cecilmcroberts" 20th Mar
If it's as contagious as Corona threads on here then the world is doomed!
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Pretty sure we had it here, young lad was bad for a few days, then myself then the wife. Was a bad few days but not worse than anything else. Would have been 2nd week of January for us, before it became trendy
I don't think it had spread to the UK back then, it was only identified in Wuhan in December 2019. If somehow people here had been infected with it then the hospitals would have seen a trend in people suffering the symptoms. You probably just had regular bog standard flu that goes around at winter.
If it's as contagious as Corona threads on here then the world is doomed!
jimhuf20/03/2020 15:25

Pretty sure we had it here, young lad was bad for a few days, then myself …Pretty sure we had it here, young lad was bad for a few days, then myself then the wife. Was a bad few days but not worse than anything else. Would have been 2nd week of January for us, before it became trendy


Hi can i ask how long it lasted as i have had it last 7 days and feel same if not worse currently
We had a colleague in work around October time, who after coming back from Rome took what he thought was just the flu at the time, then ended up in hospital with severe breathing difficulties and was in ICU for 2 days. Within a few days 5 of us in the office (literally it was like desk infront, followed by next desk infront, followed by desk beside, etc) all came down with a really heavy flu (I'm hardly ever ill) and another also ended up in hospital with breathing difficulties. At the time the doctors said they thought it was a strain of a flu but they had never seen anything like it before.
Edited by: "cecilmcroberts" 20th Mar
Haircut_10020/03/2020 15:26

I don't think it had spread to the UK back then, it was only identified in …I don't think it had spread to the UK back then, it was only identified in Wuhan in December 2019. If somehow people here had been infected with it then the hospitals would have seen a trend in people suffering the symptoms. You probably just had regular bog standard flu that goes around at winter.


that was when the chinese claim it happened! it could have been earlier than that and december was when they couldn't actually hide it any more as the cases had reached the peak. it is not impossible that the virus was in existence even before then and had come over here as well. we could have had the virus here in december like the chinese but certainly we could have had the virus here a while ago.

there is expected to be an antibody test soon and it is expected that about 140,000 people in the uk actually have had the virus already and had recovered.
I had a very unpleasant bout of flu this year, constant cough and pneumonia symptoms, stated mid - late January and didn't fully clear up until about 3 weeks ago. My elderly father caught it too, possibly from me. He'd had his flu injections but didn't seem to help much, if at all, not that unusual to be honest.

We're both fine now, and I'm pretty sure it was just normal flu.
Edited by: "melted" 20th Mar
I've been wondering the same thing. Me and my partner had what we thought was normal flu in early December, it took weeks to clear, we had a constant cough and shortness of breath.
Put it this way, if we had CORVID-19 early this year, where we live would all be hotspots for the disease by now, with multiple deaths.
That’s funny, I was just talking about this same scenario, a horrendous flu around Christmas time. I remember it as quite a few people and said they’d actually cancelled Christmas dinners with family as they were so ill. And the prolonged cough! Went on for weeks!
Me and some people at work came down with the Australian flu 2 years ago,we were all really bad felt sick every morning and chills to the bone,one of the bosses came down with it over the Christmas period and had to be put in a coma for 3 months,he was on a ventilator and had his last rites read to him twice he’s lost half the blood flow to his brain from what he said and one of his lungs had collapsed and he’s also had 2 strokes since and collapsed the other day but he’s still turning up to work since then
He’s lucky to be alive,even the normal flu can turn deadly
I'm kind of glad I had flu earlier this year, because, had I caught it now, since it was severe, I would have probably assumed I had covid and therefor wrongly thought I was immune once I'd recovered.

Also there would be the risk of being exposed to flu while still asymptomatic for covid, and being hit by both at the same time.
Edited by: "melted" 20th Mar
melted20/03/2020 21:46

I'm kind of glad I had flu earlier this year, because, had I caught it …I'm kind of glad I had flu earlier this year, because, had I caught it now, since it was severe, I would have probably assumed I had covid and therefor wrongly thought I was immune once I'd recovered.Also there would be the risk of being exposed to flu while still asymptomatic for covid, and being hit by both at the same time.


People that recover from Covid are not immune to it. The body can forget how to fight it the next time they get it. That's why we have booster jabs now and again
Haircut_10020/03/2020 15:26

I don't think it had spread to the UK back then, it was only identified in …I don't think it had spread to the UK back then, it was only identified in Wuhan in December 2019. If somehow people here had been infected with it then the hospitals would have seen a trend in people suffering the symptoms. You probably just had regular bog standard flu that goes around at winter.


Do we believe the Chinese though?.

Italy, with their population of 60 million have recorded 3,405 deaths in less than 4 weeks compared to the 3,245 deaths reported by the 1.5bn strong China in the 15 weeks since Coronavirus was made public knowledge.
ScubaDudes20/03/2020 22:00

Do we believe the Chinese though?.Italy, with their population of 60 …Do we believe the Chinese though?.Italy, with their population of 60 million have recorded 3,405 deaths in less than 4 weeks compared to the 3,245 deaths reported by the 1.5bn strong China in the 15 weeks since Coronavirus was made public knowledge.


Cast your mind back to this

Entirely different way of dealing with the issue

I expect the UK to have a similar fate to Italy and it's very scary now.
ScubaDudes20/03/2020 22:00

Do we believe the Chinese though?.Italy, with their population of 60 …Do we believe the Chinese though?.Italy, with their population of 60 million have recorded 3,405 deaths in less than 4 weeks compared to the 3,245 deaths reported by the 1.5bn strong China in the 15 weeks since Coronavirus was made public knowledge.


I'm very sceptical of the statistics in Iran as well as China. There was an article about this on the BBC website which says that many doctors in Iran think that the scale of the problem is massively higher than the official statistics state.

bbc.co.uk/new…856
OllieSt20/03/2020 22:05

Cast your mind back to thisEntirely different way of dealing with the …Cast your mind back to thisEntirely different way of dealing with the issueI expect the UK to have a similar fate to Italy and it's very scary now.


Is it a case of the Chinese dealt with it better?.
DevilsReaper20/03/2020 21:55

People that recover from Covid are not immune to it. The body can forget …People that recover from Covid are not immune to it. The body can forget how to fight it the next time they get it. That's why we have booster jabs now and again


True enough, but you should be immune to reinfection for a while, and hopefully your immune system should be better equipped to fight any future infection off.
OllieSt20/03/2020 22:05

Cast your mind back to thisEntirely different way of dealing with the …Cast your mind back to thisEntirely different way of dealing with the issueI expect the UK to have a similar fate to Italy and it's very scary now.


You do realise that italy and the uk had there 1st confirmed case on the same day 31/1/2020
fijwood21/03/2020 01:56

You do realise that italy and the uk had there 1st confirmed case on the …You do realise that italy and the uk had there 1st confirmed case on the same day 31/1/2020


this is what it's like when Covid-19 comes to a town near you. It's in London which by comparison to Northern Italy is going to have a far greater amount of people untested who are infected.


2nd March - Italy - 52 total deaths
3rd March - Italy - 79 total deaths
4th March - Italy - 107 total deaths

8th March - Italy - 233 total deaths - nationwide quarantine


18th March - Italy - 475 daily deaths
19th March - Italy - 427 daily deaths
20th March - Italy - 627 daily deaths



UK has recorded 177 total deaths and there is no nationwide quarantine in place yet.


If we could see the virus we would all run a million miles from supermarkets. As it stands today people merrily queue from 6am in the morning to be 1st in line.

Imho it's time to stay safe inside the four walls of your home because the situation is only going to deteriorate and there is absolutely nothing out there to suggest the UK is going to come through this in any different manner than Italy which has still not been able to contain the spread of the virus despite the 8th Mar quarantine.


Stay safe
Edited by: "OllieSt" 21st Mar
i was the same in late december early january. I rarely get ill but that bad boy had me in bed 3 days unable to move( I live alone) day 4 i dragged myself to the shop for essentials then at leastanother week mostly in bed. all in all about 3 weeks. Thing is that makes me think it was possibly corona was the cough.Obviously it was incredibly bad in december but last week( 2 months after i recovered) out of nowhere for a couple of days the cough came back totally on its own.and it was weird because it hurt when i coughed despite the fact i had a mild cough, it was like daggers or glass in my throat. I am not saying it definitely was corona but the weird return of that specific cough last week makes me lean towards i probably had somethink like it..edit. i forgot about the shortness of breath ( i am mildly asthmatic) in the worst days i slept intermittently as constantly waking up as struggling to breathe
Edited by: "ogeran" 21st Mar
ogeran21/03/2020 13:03

i was the same in late december early january. I rarely get ill but that …i was the same in late december early january. I rarely get ill but that bad boy had me in bed 3 days unable to move( I live alone) day 4 i dragged myself to the shop for essentials then at leastanother week mostly in bed. all in all about 3 weeks. Thing is that makes me think it was possibly corona was the cough.Obviously it was incredibly bad in december but last week( 2 months after i recovered) out of nowhere for a couple of days the cough came back totally on its own.and it was weird because it hurt when i coughed despite the fact i had a mild cough, it was like daggers or glass in my throat. I am not saying it definitely was corona but the weird return of that specific cough last week makes me lean towards i probably had somethink like it..edit. i forgot about the shortness of breath ( i am mildly asthmatic) in the worst days i slept intermittently as constantly waking up as struggling to breathe


Sounds very similar, scary outbreak
flameboi21/03/2020 13:45

Sounds very similar, scary outbreak


Whats your symptoms flameboi? Have you had it diagnosed
Cough, sore throat, diarrhoea and high temp for days, nhs cant test thinking what to do next turn up at A and E?
flameboi21/03/2020 15:36

Cough, sore throat, diarrhoea and high temp for days, nhs cant test …Cough, sore throat, diarrhoea and high temp for days, nhs cant test thinking what to do next turn up at A and E?



No, Most certainly don't just turn up at A&E. Self isolate, If you start struggling to breath then call NHS 111 and they'll explain next steps etc..

If you must then it's better to phone NHS 111 than turn up potentially infecting others etc.
flameboi20/03/2020 16:27

Hi can i ask how long it lasted as i have had it last 7 days and feel same …Hi can i ask how long it lasted as i have had it last 7 days and feel same if not worse currently


I was really bad unable to work for about 3 days, but before i went down with whatever it was i was doing spin classes every other day, after it i could not manage 10 minutes on a bike, lungs took a beating
flameboi21/03/2020 15:36

Cough, sore throat, diarrhoea and high temp for days, nhs cant test …Cough, sore throat, diarrhoea and high temp for days, nhs cant test thinking what to do next turn up at A and E?


it says that if you have phlegm when you cough then it won't be covid 19, it has to be a dry cough and it has to be constant coughing without being to stop. also you will be sweating like anything, even from your brow as the high temperature is a fever and not just malaise. if you don't have these severe symptoms then you may take comfort that it is more likely a bad bout of flu.
.MUFC.21/03/2020 15:39

No, Most certainly don't just turn up at A&E. Self isolate, If you start …No, Most certainly don't just turn up at A&E. Self isolate, If you start struggling to breath then call NHS 111 and they'll explain next steps etc..If you must then it's better to phone NHS 111 than turn up potentially infecting others etc.


Yes I was thinking the same but from nhs website guidance it seems after 7 days thing should have improved and people are allowed to stop isolation, I’m feeling same as day 1 if not slightly worse
mutley121/03/2020 16:32

it says that if you have phlegm when you cough then it won't be covid 19, …it says that if you have phlegm when you cough then it won't be covid 19, it has to be a dry cough and it has to be constant coughing without being to stop. also you will be sweating like anything, even from your brow as the high temperature is a fever and not just malaise. if you don't have these severe symptoms then you may take comfort that it is more likely a bad bout of flu.


Symptoms spot on, heavy head to, no plhem
ogeran21/03/2020 15:05

Whats your symptoms flameboi? Have you had it diagnosed


Wish testing was available, from borises statements hopefully testing will be available some time next week, i’ve had pneumonia previously so very worried
flameboi21/03/2020 17:53

Symptoms spot on, heavy head to, no plhem


as you don't have any phlegm, that is more worrying. hope you get better soon. must be very worrying times.
flameboi21/03/2020 17:55

Wish testing was available, from borises statements hopefully testing will …Wish testing was available, from borises statements hopefully testing will be available some time next week, i’ve had pneumonia previously so very worried


Me too, anyone who's had Pneumonia before knows how horrible it is, I have a real sense of dread now as I see this virus spreading. I've recently recovered from Pneumonia for the third time and I'm considering doing the long 12 weeks isolation as I am working from home (I'm mid 40's), problem is my wife is a teaching assistant who has to carry on working as a 'Key worker' looking after the few kids who are remaining at school.
I Just pray I don't get it as despite having tests/scans etc. over the years to find out why i keep getting Pneumonia they've found nothing, in fact my consultant suggested I'd just been "unlucky"

Back in mid December 2019 I had what I believed to be a nasty dose of Flu, battled it for about 5 days but realised I was losing the battle and ended up phoning 111 for advice.Having had Pneumonia before you just know when you aren't winning the battle......
They sent an Ambulance and I ended up in A&E, they started me on Tamiflu but then next day the tests came back negative for Flu so the Tamiflu was stopped. I was then transferred to the other city hospital that is a specialist respiratory hospital, I spent another 4 days in Isolation being treated for Pneumonia, came me home late December and it then took another 4-6 weeks to fully recover..

I can't help wondering what this unknown virus/bacteria was that gave me Pneumonia in december......
Uridium22/03/2020 02:02

Me too, anyone who's had Pneumonia before knows how horrible it is, I have …Me too, anyone who's had Pneumonia before knows how horrible it is, I have a real sense of dread now as I see this virus spreading. I've recently recovered from Pneumonia for the third time and I'm considering doing the long 12 weeks isolation as I am working from home (I'm mid 40's), problem is my wife is a teaching assistant who has to carry on working as a 'Key worker' looking after the few kids who are remaining at school.I Just pray I don't get it as despite having tests/scans etc. over the years to find out why i keep getting Pneumonia they've found nothing, in fact my consultant suggested I'd just been "unlucky" Back in mid December 2019 I had what I believed to be a nasty dose of Flu, battled it for about 5 days but realised I was losing the battle and ended up phoning 111 for advice.Having had Pneumonia before you just know when you aren't winning the battle......They sent an Ambulance and I ended up in A&E, they started me on Tamiflu but then next day the tests came back negative for Flu so the Tamiflu was stopped. I was then transferred to the other city hospital that is a specialist respiratory hospital, I spent another 4 days in Isolation being treated for Pneumonia, came me home late December and it then took another 4-6 weeks to fully recover.. I can't help wondering what this unknown virus/bacteria was that gave me Pneumonia in december......


I hope your well now and god luck trying to avoid this virus, sounds horrible what you have been through, what medication did they give you for the pneumonia
Uridium22/03/2020 02:02

Me too, anyone who's had Pneumonia before knows how horrible it is, I have …Me too, anyone who's had Pneumonia before knows how horrible it is, I have a real sense of dread now as I see this virus spreading. I've recently recovered from Pneumonia for the third time and I'm considering doing the long 12 weeks isolation as I am working from home (I'm mid 40's), problem is my wife is a teaching assistant who has to carry on working as a 'Key worker' looking after the few kids who are remaining at school.I Just pray I don't get it as despite having tests/scans etc. over the years to find out why i keep getting Pneumonia they've found nothing, in fact my consultant suggested I'd just been "unlucky" Back in mid December 2019 I had what I believed to be a nasty dose of Flu, battled it for about 5 days but realised I was losing the battle and ended up phoning 111 for advice.Having had Pneumonia before you just know when you aren't winning the battle......They sent an Ambulance and I ended up in A&E, they started me on Tamiflu but then next day the tests came back negative for Flu so the Tamiflu was stopped. I was then transferred to the other city hospital that is a specialist respiratory hospital, I spent another 4 days in Isolation being treated for Pneumonia, came me home late December and it then took another 4-6 weeks to fully recover.. I can't help wondering what this unknown virus/bacteria was that gave me Pneumonia in december......


all the best and from the bottom of my heart hope you go unscathed from now until its over. ironically if it was a form of covoid you picked up in december/january ( i too wonder if i recieved similar to you) then arguably your body has formed a strong resistance, and indeed maybe given your wife a mild dose so she too has anti-bodies. Time will tell i guess: best of luck with everything
flameboi22/03/2020 09:53

I hope your well now and god luck trying to avoid this virus, sounds …I hope your well now and god luck trying to avoid this virus, sounds horrible what you have been through, what medication did they give you for the pneumonia


Sadly I wasn't really aware of what Drugs I was given at the time, Antibiotics of some kind but I'm not sure which. Done the trick though and beat down the infection.
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