5 Tips For Getting Through COVID That You Haven’t Heard Yet [NSFW, TMI]

As you may know, I recently had COVID. I’m not giving medical advice, but I have a few tips for getting through COVID you may not have heard yet. There is NSFW and TMI content in this post.

1) Improve Your Reading Comprehension Skills

I realize this blog is not exactly a ringing endorsement of my intelligence and competence, but please take my word for it that in offline life, I am generally considered to be a person of at least average intelligence. I majored in a scientific discipline. I have a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. I am not completely math-illiterate, and I was once hired by a university to teach something. My job pays me to, among other things, read shit.

And yet, in spite of my so-called intelligence and English language fluency, I struggled to interpret these guidelines from CDC on when and how to leave quarantine/isolation, guidelines written in English presumably for people of average intelligence. To make matters more confusing, others in the medical community disagree with the latest CDC guidelines, and the FDA and CDC disagree on how to use antigen tests. Then, because some doctors have seen instances where nasal swabs test negative for COVID and throat swabs test positive, FDA is telling people to only use the nasal swab tests as directed. I digress. My point is not that you should ignore all medical guidance. My point is that you should prepare to have a lot of fun reading information that is confusing and contradictory.

Have fun! Photo by alleksana from Pexels

2) Get Off the Internet

I know this sounds counter-intuitive. Look, the internet was a godsend for lockdown orders and for quarantine. The internet allows people to work, shop, connect with loved ones, get information however unhelpful (see #1), and entertain themselves. If coronavirus had hit hundreds of years ago, this would have been hell.

At the same time, I think spending endless amounts of time on the internet (especially because COVID-induced insomnia is a thing and I had it) is bad for the soul and mental health. In fairness, I might just be saying that because I had COVID around New Year’s which meant reading way too many humblebrags about 2021 and more inspirational shit than I could handle. Still, I think getting off the internet at least once in a multi-day quarantine period is better for your soul.

3) Be Nice to the Person/People You Live With

Even if you absolutely cannot stand the person/people you live with, you’re stuck with them for 5-10 days depending on you interpret the above-mentioned CDC guidelines. Longer if they catch COVID from you and then you’re all stuck in quarantine even longer. I will give credit where due and note that my flawed marriage has improved slightly and that Husband was, in fact, a rather good quarantine roommate. (Quarantine and slight improvement in marriage being an example of correlation, not causation). Also, we do not hate each other. But even if you do, it is worth being nice because otherwise, the days of quarantine will be even longer and more torturous.

If you behave terribly / if your household member(s) behave(s) badly, quarantine will feel even longer. Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

Side Note [NSFW]:

I remember the early days of the pandemic when the NYC Health Department issued guidelines for safer sex in the time of COVID. The internet praised the guidelines for covering topics like rimming and sex work. And the updated June 2020 guidelines included suggestions like mutual masturbation, wearing a mask, and an express suggestion to “get kinky”, which the internet gleefully interpreted as the return of glory holes.

Anyway, I actually thought the most dubious piece of advice was back in the NYC Health Department March 2020 guidelines which was to basically have sex with someone living in your household, eg. your (potentially totally platonic) roommate. I mean, I get it from a public health perspective, but setting aside the fact that not everyone lives with a roommate they want to fuck, if you do fuck your roommate and it goes badly, you’re still stuck living with them for the duration of the pandemic. If I had been writing those guidelines, I would have rephrased this point to “The next safest partner is someone you live with, but only if you’ll be able to still tolerate living together after you have sex with them.

4) Prepare for Re-entry

To the extent that you feel physically up to it, prepare for life after quarantine. Do laundry. Maintain grooming habits. Keep up your skincare routine. Wash your hair. Sure, you might be spending 5-10 days sitting on your ass watching dumb videos on the internet. And look, no one is going to judge if you attend virtual meetings braless while wearing the same pajama pants you’ve worn all week while strategically pointing your webcam away from your boobs. I mean, I won’t judge because I did exactly that. (That’s how you know it’s no longer a new job)

But even though I whined and carried on as if 10 days were a life sentence, 10 days, is not, in fact, forever. You don’t want to end quarantine like I did, realizing that my car registration and inspection had expired, that I was out of clean underwear, that my hair was an oily, tangled rat’s nest, that my face looked like I’d aged 10 years in 10 days, and that I looked like complete shit.

Fun fact: if you search a stock photo site for “ugly woman” you will get all these photos of hot attractive people in the free results. No wonder everyone has body image issues! I won’t post a photo of my actual unattractive face, but I also refuse to post one of those extremely attractive stock photos. Thus, I’m using this photo with the face cut off to represent myself emerging from the cocoon of quarantine as an ugly moth rather than a beautiful butterfly. Photo by Tirachard Kumtanom from Pexels

5) Add This to Your Shopping List: Incontinence Pads [TMI]

Every “treat mild COVID at home” list will tell you to have things like tea, soup, OTC acetaminophen, etc. on hand. And all that is useful. But what I also could have used was incontinence pads. All that forceful coughing combined with staying hydrated and an apparently small bladder led to me inadvertently wetting my pants more often than I would have liked to do as an adult. This didn’t make it to the household shopping list because I have a “sex with as little vulnerability as possible” marriage, not a “talk openly about bladder problems” marriage, which was awkward. This is the kind of “managing mild COVID at home tip” that would have been nice to know. Anyway, you’re welcome.

I did put a TMI warning on this post. Photo by Natracare on Unsplash

Bottom Line

Hopefully, you will not get COVID. Hopefully no one close to you will get COVID. Hopefully you will not give COVID to anyone else. But in the event you do, I leave you with these tips (and TMI). And this infographic from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health that I ripped off their Facebook page because it caught my eye.

From Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Facebook page.

43 comments

  1. H AH AHA! Oh my, really? It was recommended to have sex with your roommates?! That’s hilarious!

    I hear ya about the bladder issuesI I have stress incontinence. I joke about it a lot. I don’t know why, but it seems funny to me. Sadly, it gets severely triggered by Prague. I swear, next time, I’m packing cranberry supplements and possibly medication. Something about the cobblestones…? Sonya be like, “Hey, Meggerz, you want to go into this fun shop?” And I’m like, “Well… we have to head back to your apartment now.” And she be like, “Why?” And I be like, “Cobblestones,” said with a sad expression. I’d see a doctor, but in America, it almost never acts up. Like you said, with coughing fits. That sort of thing.

    I’m so glad you’re feeling better!!

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  2. Wow. I found your blog bizarrely comforting. So little of it was about the actual illness. Other than the coughing/sneezing causing incontinence… it seemed mainly to be about isolation/boredom/morale. So far I personally know only one person who has had COVID and she had it recently and pretty badly (needed oxygen). She’s okay now but it alerted me to the fact that OMICRON is not necessarily a walk in the park. We are all lying low in this household. Any other year, I MIGHT feel more confident of my immune system. But at this time I’m not taking any risks. Loved the line in the last meme about how expensive it is if you keep spraying perfume to check your sense of smell. 🙂

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  3. What a hoot! So many practical and often forgotten tips. It appears you got it worse than those I know who have to date, but since the Australian health care system is now in crisis for the first time I think it is fair to say there is a wide range of experience. We are all wondering not if, but when?

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  4. What a funny list for dealing with covid cooties. I’m sorry you had to experience covid to come up with the list, but at least you can deal with it in a humorous manner. We need more humor.

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  5. Lol way to turn a serious obstacle into something you can laugh at. I guess we should always learn not to take ourselves too seriously, eh? But great tips nonetheless. Good to hear that you’ve pulled through—because at the end of the day, it is a killer disease after all—and wrote an awesome post about it. Thanks for the tips and the laughs!

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  6. Honestly Covid was a high point of 2021 for me. Two paid weeks away from my boss. I think you read my symptoms experience somewhere. Anyways I liked being bedridden and really hammed it up. I’m a homebody, so any reason not to leave my house is a good one in my book. I never missed a shower, though. And I always got dressed. I’m very adamant about that stuff. I’m glad you extracted some good “lessons” from it.

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  7. You wrote ‘Be Nice to the Person/People You Live With’
    Makes sense, and of course, something that I shouldn’t have to think about doing, but it’s hard for me. My husband and I are both retired, so it’s not like we have jobs to go to, to get away from each other for awhile. And the lockdown made it harder. I guess I’ll keep working on this one.

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  8. You’re not only bright but so funny and engaging. Not sure where to start but as I’m recovering g from my booster 4 days in I might add…. I won’t be having sex with my animals or my husband for that matter! 😂

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      • 100 percent better than I have but I’m layin low. I twittered a dramatic “unCindy” post yesterday.. I may have to redeem myself today. Let’s just say… I’m not going again but it seems this will be shorted than the 3 weeks down from the 2nd vaccine. Good luck and probs more than you wanted to know. 🤷‍♀️🌷

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        • Well, I wrote dramatic miserable blog posts when I was miserable with mild COVID and quarantine, although complaining is also kind of my brand (not something I am proud of). But people are never at their best when they don’t feel well.

          3 weeks, boy! I felt nothing after shot #1, and I had 1 day of headache-dehydration-vomiting that I had to work through (because I had just given two-week notice at my job and felt bad taking time off when I was already leaving) after shot #2. Could have been worse, I suppose. Hope you feel better!

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          • oh my and I agree that’s what we do when we don’t feel good and it helps get through it sometimes. so far I think you are humorously engaging and I take no offense. that had to be hard to hang in there! better today, better tomorrow better days ahead l hope too. Thanks for the care and comment.💖🌻🌻

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  9. This is such an amusing article! Getting off the internet can be a blessing, true.
    And reading the medical and judicial jargon gives me a headache for which I would need another pill with its own set of clauses and warnings. Lord save me.

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  10. I had the covid crud and it hit me hard. Maybe it’s because I’m 67; maybe because I was still healing from rotator cuff surgery I had a few weeks earlier. All I know is the shame I felt (when I wasn’t gagging and coughing)
    Wish I read your post before. I’m good now and it feels so good to be healthy again.

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