Sick peeps?

So, I have a bit of a fever and some cold-like symptoms, I can go into detail if people need reference…
Started feeling a little weird a couple days ago but I thought it was just me, but na’ I’ll keep y’all updated. If it stays the same or gets worse I’ll try to go get tested on monday… is that reasonable?


The CDC has guidance for if you think you are sick:

Testing at the City’s Public Health Laboratory requires a clinician referral:

If you do decide to seek medical attention, call ahead—don’t just go straight to the doctor; give them a heads-up first. Or call 911 if you can’t think straight (e.g., due to hypoxia) or otherwise have serious symptoms.

I hope this turns around for you without further intervention.


Brave of you to report it Robert!
Keep us updated and hope you get well soon.
I think a lot of us are also freaking out as allergy season comes around.


thanks, that what I thought, allergies were picking up, that was about a week ago…super light like 1 sneeze / 2 days…
And the only way we can soften the spread is to communicate with eachother. I’m still planning to host CHM…I’ll record some videos just in case…

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Cool, sounds good. Fever is a warning sign it is not allergies though, so take care!

yea, that’s what I was thinking, it’s super light, but I can feel it. It’s so against how I roll to stop just because of a light fever. But them viruses are a changing…

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Take your temperature regularly—at least once a day, maybe twice—and keep a log. Bring it with you if you end up going in to the professionals.

If you have a pulse oximeter, use that (and log those results), too.


@boredzo thank you, I’ll start doing that.

FWIW I also have had low level symptoms since March 13th. I think the last time I was in the space was the 10th for the meeting. I could be wrong.

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RE: the pulse oximeter there are some phone apps that use your phones flash and camera to get your pulse and heart rate. I use them from time to time. (Search heart rate monitor in the app stores)

Thanks for the update too Steve! Hope you get better.

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Note that heart rate monitors don’t necessarily include pulse oximetry. (The Apple Watch doesn’t, for example.) The latter is the important bit here: The use of a pulse oximeter is to measure blood oxygen saturation and detect when it becomes too low (hypoxemia). The purpose of monitoring for this is that one of COVID-19’s symptoms is pneumonia.

There’s also the obligatory disclaimers about using your phone rather than a real oximeter, though if you’re holed up and self-isolating (the correct thing to do when you suspect you may have COVID-19) and don’t already have a real oximeter, hopefully it’s better than nothing.

At any rate, I downloaded one for iOS called “Pulse Oximeter” and it seems to work OK, with the caveat that I don’t have a real oximeter myself so I can’t check the readings against one.


Quick note on pulse oximeters (especially apps): If you feel short of breath/like you can’t get enough air (what the CDC calls “trouble breathing” among other symptoms), don’t let the oximeter overrule you. Call 911.

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Anyone sick with the virus is eligible to apply for disability insurance and receive $$ benefits from California EDD. This can also be in addition to Unemployment Benefits you qualify for due to lost, or even reduced, work from your employer honoring Shelter-in-Place.

Long time ago in the Air Force, my appendix burst and I was in a military hospital for a few weeks. Given the way they “went in” (exploratory surgery) it left me with a huge vertical scar on my abdomen and as you might guess, pain when I breathed deeply. Since they wanted it to be able to drain, they didn’t add stitches for quite some time.

So as a related problem of not breathing deeply, I began to develop a case of pneumonia which is typical for things like this. They gave me an apparatus to breathe into which looked a lot like a waterless version of that scene in The Right Stuff where those guys are competing with each other to keep a ping pong ball aloft in a tube. I had to exercise with this thing for a good hour a day. It’s uncomfortable but it’s a necessary part of fighting off pneumonia. If it were me, I would practice exhaling slowly and deeply. It seemed to help me, for what it’s worth.