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AUCKLAND, Today: New York-based video editor Leon Chase (a mate of a mate of Ed’s!) writes: “Unlike a lot of people you’re hearing from, I have actually tested positive for Covid-19. I was most likely exposed on March 3rd, became ill about a week later, and just received my official test results today, March 17th.

“Coronavirus feels like the most devastating ’flu I have ever had.

“Intense bouts of fever, alternating with the kind of chills that, even with three sweaters on, make your teeth chatter uncontrollably.

“I’m lucky, relatively speaking, because my temperature never went higher than 102 degrees Fahrenheit (38.9 Celsius), but even then, it felt like my body was burning up. Plus, a general feeling in my head that I can only describe as ‘heavy’ or ‘flu-ish’ that makes every movement and activity feel like a massive chore.

“A few days later, I developed a very annoying dry cough. But again, I am lucky because there have been no chest pains or breathing problems, which would be a reason to be hospitalised.

“Trust me, people: This virus is real. You do NOT want it. And you do not want to be the one who gave it to someone else.”

“My appetite has been nearly non-existent – I am normally a big eater, and it’s only been in the past couple days that I’ve been able to make myself eat anything. Even then, it feels very gross, and I can only consume very small amounts.

“Fortunately, I’ve been able to manage my symptoms just by taking Tylenol, and my condition appears to be improving. The worst part, though, is being stuck at home but feeling too sick and exhausted to actually do anything except sit around and cough.

“As I said, I’m one of the lucky ones: According to the doctors, I will most likely be fine in another week.

“But trust me, people: This virus is real. You do NOT want it. And you do not want to be the one who gave it to someone else.

“Chances are, many of you are carrying it already, even if you don’t have any symptoms. (I most likely had it for at least a week before ever feeling sick.) Stay home, and wash your damn hands!

“I am 47 years old, in decent physical shape with no pre-existing health conditions.”

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