Andover Coronavirus Guide

A local family has been in touch with Andover & Villages worried that they have had the potentially deadly virus, COVID-19 (coronavirus).

However, they have not experienced the symptoms being touted by the government as being the indicators that would force self-isolation, so the family have been actively mixing in public, work, school and college.

In reports released by the World Health Organisation and by those that tested positive for the virus who have fully recovered over the last few days, symptoms are described as ranging from sore throats, prickly skin, runny nose, nausea and diarrhoea up to and including the much-publicised temperature and cough.

The family of five living in central Andover are currently self-isolating after the youngest member of the family, a 3yo girl started with a cough at the weekend, the first in the whole family to show this symptom.

Although each of the family of five has suffered with various symptoms over the last month, it has been relatively mild with it being handled by over the counter medicines, other than Mum who has asthma who had to take antibiotics for very mild breathing problems towards the end of the illness.

19th February 2020 – The eldest daughter in the family aged 24, comes home from work feeling a little under the weather and with a very slight sore throat, minor headache and feeling a little tired. No cough, no temperature.

22nd February 2020 – over the next few days eldest daughter has a terrible sore throat and is unable to swallow, the glands in her neck are so swollen that you can see them by just looking at her. Her temperature is very slightly raised, she feels sick and her tummy is a little ‘gurgly’, the headache intensifies and she feels prickly, hot and cold. No cough.

24th February 2020 – Eldest daughter has two days off work as feeling so poorly. No cough.

26th February 2020 – Eldest Daughter asked to return to work to fulfill an appointment which she dutifully does after discussing her illness with the owner of the company. No cough.

27th February 2020 – Eldest daughter has a further two days off work due to feeling so poorly. No cough.

28th February 2020 – Eldest Daughter’s boyfriend visits for the weekend.

2nd March 2020 – Eldest Daughter fully recovered, 13 days later.

3rd March 2020 – Eldest Daughter’s boyfriend starts with an intense headache and a very sore throat.

5th March 2020 – Mum of the family starts with a headache. No cough. Mum has asthma that she takes a steroid inhaler for and is prone to chest infections.

Eldest daughter’s boyfriend still suffering with an intense headache and a very sore throat.

8th March 2020 – Mum’s headache intensifies and her throat is so sore, she can barely swallow. No cough and no temperature.

Eldest daughter’s boyfriend feeling better five days after first symptoms.

10th March 2020 – Dad of the family wakes in the night and experiences violent diarrhoea and sickness. This lasts for around 45 minutes and then goes and doesn’t return.

11th March 2020 – Dad feels a little nauseous and very tired, eats a good normal meal at around 2pm with no side effects.

Teenage son starts with a stomach ache, headache and is feeling very tired. No cough and no temperature.

Mum feeling very nauseous and has a gurgling tummy along with a sore throat and intense headache that doesn’t go with pain killers.

12th March 20201- Teenage son stays off college.

Mum feeling very nauseous and has a gurgling tummy along with a sore throat and intense headache that doesn’t go with pain killers. No cough.

Dad feels very tired and nauseous.

13th March 2020 – Teenage son feeling a bit better, government advice followed as no cough and no high temperature, he returns to college.

Mum feeling very nauseous and has a gurgling tummy along with a sore throat and intense headache that doesn’t go with pain killers. No cough.

Dad feeling under the weather and tired.

15th March 2020 – Youngest daughter aged 3 starts with a cough, is not unwell.

Mum feeling very unwell, intense headache, nauseous, sore throat. No cough.

Dad feeling under the weather and tired.

16th March 2020 – Youngest daughter stays off pre-school after Mum contacts school to ask what they want her to do. School confirm daughter needs to stay off for 7 days.

Mum feeling very unwell, intense headache, tired, nauseous, sore throat. No cough. Feeling breathless and despite not having a cough or a cold, has the feeling of a ‘ball of phlegm’ at the back of her throat. Mum phones Doctor surgery, nurse practitioner calls back and asks if Mum has any cough or temperature, Mum queries if it could be Coronavirus. Nurse prescribes antibiotics, steroids and inhalers over the phone to be collected from Tesco Extra. Nurse dismisses that it could be coronavirus in line with NHS advice re cough or temperature symptoms.

Dad feeling under the weather and tired.

17th March 2020 – Whole household stays home in line with new government advice to isolate the whole family if anyone in the house has a new cough or temperature. Youngest daughter unwell with a cough, slightly raised temperature and earache.

Dad feeling under the weather and tired.

18th March 2020 – The whole family remains in isolation. Youngest daughter feeling unwell.

Mum feeling a little brighter after 13 days from first symptoms.

Dad feeling brighter 8 days after first feeling unwell.

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