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Saturday, April 25. 2020
1. Do you miss getting to your gym? (I do - I miss all of my happy routines including beers with pals after work)
2. Do you think you have been infected already? (I do, in Feb. - thought it was just a strange flu that lasted a week and left me weak for a few days after. Awaiting easy availability of the antibody test. Pretty sure Mrs. BD too. Hope we both are through it.)
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1. I miss it immensely. Miss my 2x weeks sessions with my trainer. They provided structure and discipline to my week.
1) Yes with a confidence of 100%
2) No with a confidence of 75%
1.) Haven’t been to a gym in years, but have a NordicTrack rowing machine being delivered next week, found out they exercise 86% of muscles when used correctly, so am looking forward to a new routine there.
2.) Yes with 99% certainty, lungs may have some long-lasting damage, still can’t get ‘worked up’, i.e. arguing politics. Never had the coughing, but had a low fever, heavy fatigue, one day of the elephant on the chest/barely able to breathe, and the delirium some experience. Lasted nearly two-weeks, started on St. Patty’s Day. Denver, CO.
1. Yes. But I am doing Skype with my trainer 3 times a week. That's working well.
2. Yes. Cruise ship over Christmas and New Year's, lots of Chinamen on board. Had all the symptoms except headache the entire 2 weeks. Wife's illness started the day we traveled back, also two weeks of misery.
1. My gym is in my basement. I'm lucky 'cause I would go nuts if I couldn't work out (literally, working out helps me with depression).
2. 50/50 also December - my husband, 8 years older, was sicker. We'd jump at the chance for one of us to get an anitbody test.
1: No. I walk up and stairs in my house. Lift weights. I miss walking trails and climbing mountains in North Georgia, though.
2: No. I have been self-isolating since early March. And I am very blessed to have neighbors who grocery shop for me and bring be hot meals occasionally.
I'm 82 with some health conditions so if I get it I'm a goner. Thank God for the Internet - I've been playing games (especially Backgamon) with people all over the world. And getting into arguments with people I don't know.
I miss going to the gym - as often as possible.
I am unlikely to have been exposed. I go back to work at the hospital Monday and that could change.
Wait a minute - you miss going to the gym as often as possible, or you take the opportunity to miss going to the gym, as often as possible?
Haven't changed my routine one bit except for what is forced on me like no restaurants/breweries to sit & partake. Not even changed sanitation habits.
Had a cough in early March but so what.
This is more of a pan-panic than a pandemic.
Oh, I'm in a so-called highly vulnerable group
Me also. Think I has it in Feb. Thought I had pleurisy. Also younger son (22 me 55) was sick the whole month of January. I think this is all a bunch of B.S. !
west central Ohio, Had it in late January, 1st days of feb nasty dry cough, sat up nights wondering if I needed the emergency room, could hardly breath, lasted 3 nights and felt like crap for a week. I'm sure it was the winnie the zi flu.
2. Can't tell, might have had a mild case, but don't think so.
Yes and Yes. Both my wife and I had established solid gym habits in the months before this. And both of us had nagging assorted symptoms in February and March after I attended a technical conference in San Antonio which was attended by (as I established later from the conference roster) about 50 native Chinese.
1. I don't go to the gym
2. No, I probably haven't had it.
I miss the gym for the both workouts and the fun stuff like yoga and zumba and swimming and sauna, and the socializing.
I haven't been sick in a while, so probably haven't had it.
No. I get enough workout doing maintenance and improvements on these 12 acres. Shovel, haul, hammer, saw, dig, slog through mud, cut trees, frame, and roof. Now the garden.
I really don't know and I haven't changed any routine even though I'm in the ageing risk group. Sure do miss getting to a good restaurant once a week though.
My gym is in my basement, so no.
I suspect I have had the virus though have not had symptoms. All my work travel from mid-December to the shutdown was to NYC, NJ (Newark, Camden), and Philly. In addition I was in meetings all day in March with a coworker who three days later came down with serious symptoms and then tested positive. My physician, through a phone interview, told me I am presumed infected.
1) No, do not partake
2) Yes, Mid December living in San Diego, had terrible hacking coughing fits in the middle of the night, never had anything like it before. By the time I went to the Dr, lungs sounded clear, but she prescribed a Zpac and albuterol inhaler. took the zpac and used up the inhaler, in two weeks. Inhaler helped.
I don't believe there is a gym in my town.
Had a very minor bug back in early March. Probably wasn't The Virus.
I would like to know if I have antibodies.
No ... not a gym guy
Yes ... think the wife and I had it in late January or early February. Very mild but weird ... brief fever, disorientation and dizziness, wife had a cough, both of us were totally lethargic for about 36 hours and then it went away.
My dental assistant was very sick in early February after visiting her sister who had just given birth to a daughter in East Orange, NJ. She had to miss work for a few days and was very sick while in the office. I never felt anything....of course, practicing for many years gives immunity to lots of disease....
Yes, miss the options available to mix things up and spin classes.
No, we've been healthy all winter, so unless we were completely asymptomatic then we haven't had it.
1. Yes. I have more options at the gym. I'm currently doing only calisthenics in a park.
2. Yes, think I had it back in February.
1) Leaning to yes as I really needed to resume regular workouts after a winter break and then this hit. Also miss regular volunteer work.
2) qualified yes. Sis in law visited from Atlanta in late January, claimed to be 'getting over' pneumonia. Caught some lung crud almost immediately after her arrival which is unusual for me. If it was I thankfully had a mild case. am curious for when I can get an antibody test.
Is claiming you’ve had CV going to be the start of a new #CVToo movement? Everyone wants to be part of the in crowd? Did you think you had pneumonia the last time you had a cough? How about the last time you had a runny nose, was it flu?
Get an antibody test. If it says you had it you can come back and show us your CV19 lapel pin.
Naw. Got more maintenance around here than I can do.
Yes, 75% confidence. The wife and I both had a very weird flu like illness in Nov and another strange cold like illness in Jan. Never experienced anything like it. Bit more than mild.
In our 60's in Nor Cal east of Lawrence Livermore Nat. Lab.
1. yes, very much
2. yes, in December. Worst and longest cold/flu ever
Haven't been to the gym in 30 years. Retired from the Navy 12 years ago. Don't miss gyms at all.
Yes, in February, both of us.....probably.
Every year both DH and myself get our flu shots at the same time in September. Sometimes--not always--we get a little "winter cold" after that--something in February. However, this year our little "winter cold" was very different. This time it gave us headaches, made us dizzy, and created bizarre lunch and throat kinds of problems. I got it first in mid February then DH came down a week later toward the end of the month, or early March.
Can't wait to take the test to tell us if we had it.
No. I am happier outside, walking. Former runner with two total hip replacements.
No. Have felt very healthy all winter in Wisconsin. Currently self isolating with wife and two adult daughters as they work from home. I am retired.
1. No. I am a field hand at the beau's farm in these pandemic-y days. That is six pack ab level work. I am 108 pounds anyhow.
2. Yeah, #MeToo. A red eye flight back from seeing the kid in NV did the trick.
No - I decided we don’t get enough value for the amount we use it, and personally I get more concrete benefits from biking and walking (sleep quality and attitude/endorphin benefits especially) so I was literally going there to quit our membership the day they closed down.
I would bet that I did have the corona in December, pretty sick for a week or two, could have been a flu though.
1) Yes. Miss the gym. Just walking in the door sets the framework for an intense workout. Have started to workout at home, but it's not the same for me.
2) No. Not even a hint. A couple of mild colds over the winter.
I live in Idaho, where the infection rate is relatively low.
1. Miss the rink. I've been a locker room rat for half a century. I miss playing.
1) YES! 10+ years of 4 days a week weight training. Last four years prepping for competition. I miss the atmosphere and the camaraderie.
2) I believe so. Caught a bug in mid February: winded, loss of taste, sore throat, slight cough. That said, I was undergoing radiation treatments and on hormone therapy, so I couldn't tell hot flashes from a fever. Who knows...
Yes, I miss my gym. DH is end stage copd and very needy. The gym is the only me time I get. I get up early, fix his breakfast and lunch, put supper in the crockpot and leave for the gym at 5 am. Workout for an hour, get my shower and go to work. Have a good boss, so can run home (30 min total and check on DH, another 30 min and call it lunch), then clock out and head home. Get him fed, clean the kitchen, give him a bath and then drop into bed myself. He can get around a bit by himself, which is fantastic or I couldn't work at all. Since I've been home, he's gotten used to me doing what he should be doing for himself. Also, the quarantine protocol is what we've been doing for years anyway, so not too much of a change. But I miss that time for myself.