This article is paired up with another, I have a cough but it's not COVID. I've written this follow-up, because now the cough finally was COVID.

For years, I've had a non-productive, dry cough (described in the article above).

In January/February 2023, I've had a productive cough. Multiple visits to doctors determined that it was an allergic cough. It is unclear what I am allergic to, given that every blood test comes back negative, including penicillin (with which I have had reactions, as have my kids). 

In March 2023, I had my first case of COVID-19. I'm grateful that I beat the odds as long as I did, because I was able to get an appointment very quickly and, ultimately, to start Paxlovid™️ immediately after getting a positive test.

How was the cough different, contrasting January/February to March?

Not at all.

I woke up in the middle of the night with a headache; headaches and migraines are not rare for me, yet it was paired up with the following:

  1. The headache awaking me
  2. The afore-mentioned productive cough
  3. Another member of my household being positive

As it happens, I missed just 1 day of work, because I was able to work virtually.

It should be noted, however, that I became ill within 10 days, with a different gastrointestinal sickness.

See also:

Tryptasemia and COVID-19


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