The COVID Conundrum…Did YOU Have It, or Not?

Covid Conundrum. Did you have COVID or not?

The COVID Conundrum: If you had classic symptoms of COVID- high fever, chills, fatigue, muscle aches, cough, shortness of breath, new loss of smell or taste, GI symptoms- but a negative test, no test, or negative antibodies, did you REALLY have COVID?

And, well,…does it matter?

After dealing with this question both professionally (I focus on college health) and personally (read about our family’s experience with COVID), here are my thoughts:

First: Yes, you can have COVID without testing positive (but also, maybe not).

  1. As with many diagnoses in medicine (like flu and strep), your doctor’s clinical judgement
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