Based on discussion with my nurse, it seems I am about a week in to having COVID-19. I had a really tiring, trying week at work last week, and thought I was just run down from burning the candle at both ends, working long hours, foregoing sleep for both productive activism & unproductive freak outs. Last Sunday, I felt really dehydrated and got a bad headache. My temperature was slightly elevated (99.4) and my chronic neck injury was acting up. The only reason I found out the source was COVID was because I got brave enough (and my chronic-pain having body was begging) to try a socially-distanced yoga class—before entry, they took my forehead temp and it registered at 100.2, which shocked me because I had been a perfect 98.6 at home that morning. I went straight to a testing center, got a positive rapid test, and had it reconfirmed by the hospital lab the next morning. . The day I was diagnosed, I woke up feeling literally more refreshed & energized than I had in months. By that afternoon I was aching, my fever had spiked, and I was bone tired. The symptoms come in waves—today, I have no fever, but I have a cough, headache, and body aches. Overall, the physical experience of having COVID has paled in comparison to the psychological/emotional toll of worrying about whether I passed it to anyone (everyone I love/was around has tested negative this week, thank god-I wore a mask) & whether I would wake up in the middle of the night struggling to breathe. I’m still not out of the danger zone, but I’m hopeful that I’m lucky with a mild case. . We don’t have contact tracing here, so I have NO idea where or how I contracted it and never will. What I do know is that lots of people in Cincinnati are not taking this virus seriously and have taken re-opening as a sign to abandon precaution. This picture was taken yesterday and I want to make sure people know that COVID can look like this and not be ANY less dangerous. I don’t believe I contracted it at a protest, since no one I was around has tested positive. But if you have been out & about—even masked, observing precautions like I have—go get a test. And don’t ignore what your body is telling you.