How it feels to have Covid-19 as a teenager

By: Raul Sosa, 10th Grade

While fewer teenagers have been sick with Covid-19 compared to adults, teenagers can be infected and sick from the virus that causes Covid-19. Furthermore, teenagers, like adults, who have Covid-19 but have no symptoms (asymptomatic) can still spread the virus to others. Most teenagers with Covid-19 have mild symptoms or have no symptoms at all. However, some can get severely ill from Covid-19. They might require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe. In rare cases, they might die. It is also possible that they acquire MIS-C (Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children) despite the fact that it is more common in children.

But that’s beside the point. Have you been infected with Covid-19? If not, have you wondered how it feels to have this virus? Well here’s my experience as a teenager who was infected with Covid-19. 

Doctors say that it takes around 2 weeks for symptoms to show up, but that was not my case. It took around 4 days for symptoms like fever, breathing problems, dehydration, and being extra tired to appear. Luckily, I was part of the great majority of teenagers who don’t suffer too much from the virus. This lasted for around 5 days until I finally felt normal again. 

On the first day, I started to feel extra tired. I didn’t really mind it that much since I’ve felt that way numerous times before and it was not a big deal. However, towards the end of the day, I felt a little dehydrated and had issues while breathing. 

Day 2 and 3 were the most troublesome and the ones when I felt worse. I felt like I had a fever even though I didn’t, the dehydration and breathing issues got worse, and I still felt beyond tired. I told my parents about this (it’s very important to tell your parents when you are not feeling well, especially during these times, as it will help ensure the safety and health of those around you), and they took action right away.

In order to prevent the virus from spreading I had to follow a certain set of rules for a few days. I wasn’t allowed to go out of my room unless I was told to or unless it was necessary. If I was going out I had to put on hand disinfectant and wear a mask (imagine having to wear a mask inside your own house, not really exciting), and I had to stay distanced from my family at all times. I was also given medication–vitamin C and electrolytes–in order to help with the symptoms. 

Then on day 4, I started to feel better in general and the fever feeling had disappeared. Additionally, by the end of the day, I felt normal in terms of hydration.

Finally, on day 5 most of the symptoms had disappeared by the afternoon, and I felt healthy again. However, the fact that I felt good didn’t mean that I was free of the virus and that I couldn’t spread it. Regardless of most of the symptoms disappearing, the breathing problems lasted about 2 weeks and a half, and I had to keep using hand disinfectant and a mask in order to prevent the spread of the virus during that time. 

Overall, that was my experience with Covid-19 as a teenager. You should remember that if you feel sick, you should immediately notify your parents about this. Don’t try to act tough or feel the need to not say anything simply because you don’t want to worry anyone. That in and of itself is selfish, as the virus is not only affecting you but also others around you. By not telling your parents, you could be the reason someone in your family gets infected. So please, remember to be more considerate and stay safe.

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