It was the Monday evening after he attended a Friday marriage ceremony, that Daniel Rowntree began feeling criminal.
“My signs have been fever [and] evening sweats. I had three days of these,” mentioned the 45-year-old Sydney DJ and music producer.
“The Thursday I got here by, recovered. I used to be like ‘Wow, I really feel wonderful, no matter it was for these three days is gone’.”
However then buddies of Daniel’s who’d additionally been on the marriage ceremony, contacted him to let him know they’d examined constructive for COVID-19 and beneficial he get checked out too.
So he went for a take a look at, and a day later, he discovered he had coronavirus.
Now, after self-isolating himself, Daniel has come out the opposite facet.
He’s one in every of more than 600 Australians who’ve recovered from COVID-19, though the true quantity is more likely to be a lot larger as this determine is barely reported in 4 jurisdictions — Victoria, WA, the ACT and Tasmania.
“Overwhelmingly in Australia, sufferers have been having good recoveries,” mentioned Greg Fox, an epidemiologist and respiratory doctor on the Woolcock Institute of Medical Analysis and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
“Though we sadly have had a variety of deaths, the proportion of Australian sufferers with COVID who’ve died is way decrease than has been seen in different nations,” Dr Fox mentioned.
Knowledge from a number of world research recommend that round 80 per cent of individuals could have gentle to average signs of the illness, 20 per cent could have extra vital signs, and possibly 5 per cent of individuals would require intensive care admission.
Caught in his room for 11 days
Daniel mentioned he felt unusual however not nervous or anxious about his analysis as a result of he had been in actually good well being for the 24 hours earlier than having the take a look at.
“I felt like I would been by the worst of it already and I used to be beginning to really feel higher,” he mentioned.
However as he did not need to infect his flatmate, he stayed in his bed room as a lot as doable for the subsequent 11 days.
“It sucked, however I had no signs at that time [aside from] actually gentle sneezing and coughing,” Daniel mentioned.
“However nothing that may have ordinarily stopped me from leaving the home.”
That is the expertise for the overwhelming majority of sufferers, Dr Fox mentioned.
“Most individuals with COVID-19 will expertise a flu-like sickness with gentle signs that can final for possibly a few weeks,” he mentioned.
“Then there will be a restoration after that they usually’ll return to being utterly effectively.”
Whereas some individuals could proceed to be fatigued for a couple of weeks after, similar to with different viral diseases, there isn’t any residual impairment.
Analysis suggests it’s doable to nonetheless be infectious even after signs enhance, which is why individuals should comply with the Federal Authorities’s tips round isolation.
“At the moment individuals who have gentle sickness who don’t require hospitalisation could also be launched from isolation if no less than 10 days has handed because the onset of signs and there was decision of all signs for the earlier 72 hours,” Dr Fox mentioned.
“Some individuals might also have specimens examined for [traces of the virus] earlier than they’re launched from isolation, however this isn’t required for most individuals.”
Individuals who have been recognized with COVID-19 will even be given directions about what to search for in the event that they really feel they’re getting worse.
“We all know that for some individuals after about 10 days or to allow them to develop the pulmonary manifestations extra severely,” Dr Fox mentioned.
“In order that’s normally the timeframe the place individuals could change into extra breathless. And if that happens, then it is vital they’re assessed and their oxygen ranges are measured.”
Daniel mentioned he was actually fortunate he bought such a gentle dose of COVID-19.
“I simply thought, this cannot be what everybody’s speaking about,” he mentioned.
“I’ve had buddies who’ve gone by absolute hell and have not been in a position to get away from bed for 2 weeks, not to mention desirous to even do the rest.”
Getting the all-clear
Throughout his self-isolation, Daniel was in contact with New South Wales Well being and St Vincent’s Hospital the place he’d initially been examined.
“They have been calling me in all probability each three or 4 days,” he mentioned.
He additionally needed to give a listing of everybody he is been involved inside the 24 hours earlier than he first developed signs, in order that they may very well be notified they’d been involved with a confirmed COVID-19 case.
“[I] really had my birthday lunch — are you able to imagine it? — the day earlier than, so I had all my buddies there,” Daniel mentioned.
However, he was grateful, none of them bought contaminated.
“They might examine in on me, after which as soon as I would been in isolation for 10 or 11 days and I hadn’t had signs for 3 days, they have been like, ‘Let’s get you again in and let’s examine you’.”
Daniel’s first recheck take a look at got here by as unfavourable, then he bought examined once more inside 24 hours. This additionally got here again as unfavourable.
“Then you definitely get this good piece of certificates that claims, ‘You’re coronavirus-free, you have had your double unfavourable, and also you’re now allowed to proceed on together with your life’,” he mentioned.
Whereas Daniel was retested, Dr Fox mentioned most individuals with gentle signs need not get the double-negative take a look at.
“The reason being we expect the danger of people that’ve bought gentle illness of getting persistent viral excretion is low,” he mentioned.
Is Daniel now resistant to COVID-19?
The medical doctors at St Vincent’s Hospital instructed Daniel it will be extremely unlikely that he would get reinfected with this coronavirus, nor can he be a provider of it.
“They mainly mentioned you will not get this virus till there is a separate pressure of it, however in any other case you’re within the clear till the start of subsequent winter,” he mentioned.
Different coronaviruses do induce immunity, and there isn’t any purpose to suppose that’s not the case with this one, Dr Fox mentioned.
“However we’ll want to attend to see what occurs for individuals who have recovered. In the mean time, that variety of individuals is small and so it is vital that we do not give any definitive solutions but,” he mentioned.
Nevertheless it’s one thing that going to be actually vital to find out, he mentioned, as a result of as a inhabitants, we have to develop immunity to guard ourselves in opposition to an infection sooner or later.
Daniel is at a decrease threat of transmitting this coronavirus than different individuals in the neighborhood as a result of it is unlikely he’ll catch it once more, however like everybody else, he’s nonetheless vulnerable to touching surfaces infected by other people and passing it on.
Which means he is nonetheless following all of the strict protocols set out by the Authorities together with social distancing and never touching individuals.
“I am following the rules as if I am simply some other member of the inhabitants,” he mentioned.
What Daniel did subsequent
The main focus now for Daniel is on how he might help others get by this troublesome time.
“My profession’s dried up and that is wonderful, I am not crying poor about that. However I am like, how can I finest use the subsequent two to a few, 4 months of my life?” he mentioned.
“I’ve bought a automobile, I am a wholesome younger male, I might help individuals do issues.”
To this point that is included taking groceries to a buddy in isolation and serving to one other self-isolated buddy who needed to transfer home, however he is on the lookout for extra constructive issues he can do now that he cannot go on the virus.
And if individuals bought in contact with him after studying this story?
“I might find it irresistible if some stranger reached out to me they usually have been like ‘I am within the shit, I would like a hand’, I might be so stoked with that,” he mentioned.