Mold Avoiders Poll Results: Winter 2020 Viral Illness

 

 

April 28, 2019

By Lisa Petrison, Ph.D.

Following are the results of three polls related to viral illnesses recently experienced conducted in the Mold Avoiders Facebook group in March and April, 2020.

 

Poll #1

This poll was conducted in the Mold Avoiders Facebook group on March 26, 2020.

Members also were offered the chance to answer the poll question anonymously through Survey Gizmo.

The ability to provide information on whether the individual had tested positive for Covid-19 was provided only to those responding via Survey Gizmo, not the Facebook group.

The survey question and responses follow:

Since February 1, 2020, have you been suffering from, fighting off or recovering from an acute viral-type illness that you believe might be Covid-19? 

Please choose the response that seems closest to your own experience. 

If you would prefer to answer the question anonymously, you may do so on Survey Gizmo at this link: 

https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5522466/Mold-Avoiders-032620?fbclid=IwAR0YFh50_nB1DcgoRmeWspKisazo6mIJG6FQYnsqEXaXoXkbVC7zAWQWchI

Please answer the poll question only once – either here or at the Survey Gizmo link. 

If you have been tested and know that you are COVID-19 positive, just go ahead and check the “possibly could be” option.

Or you can go to the anonymous survey and mark that you have tested positive on it.

Again, please answer the survey only once though.

Thank you for your participation in this poll. 

 

47% – No, I have not experienced symptoms of any acute viral-type illness during this time period. (38 respondents)

33% – Yes, I have experienced symptoms of an acute viral-type illness that seems to me that it possibly could be Covid-19. (27 respondents)

19% – No, I have experienced symptoms of an acute viral-type illness but they do not seem to me consistent with it being Covid-19. (15 respondents)

1% – Yes, I have experienced symptoms of an acute viral-type illness and have tested as being positive for Covid-19. (1 respondent)

 

Poll #2

This poll was shared on March 14 in the Mold Avoiders Facebook group.

The question and results follow.

 

VIRAL-TYPE ILLNESS POLL

During the past TWO WEEKS, how has your health been with regard to acute viral-type illness?

If during this time you have had symptoms of any kind of acute viral infection (including things that could just be colds or flus), then please mark that you have had symptoms.

If you feel like you have been fighting off or recovering from an acute viral infection, please mark yes.

If during this time you have not had symptoms of any kind of acute viral infection (other than those chronically associated with your ME/CFS/CIRS/Lyme/etc.), then please mark that you have not had symptoms.

This poll question is being left deliberately vague to protect privacy and also because it is being reported that milder cases of coronavirus may present as being more like a normal cold/flu.

The goal is just to get a sense of the percentage of people here who are struggling with any kind of such illnesses at the moment, not to estimate the number of people who have coronavirus.

 

57% – Yes. During the past 2 weeks,I have had acute viral-type symptoms, or been recovering from them, or felt like I was fighting something off. (141 respondents)

43% – No. During the past 2 weeks, I have NOT felt like I had acute viral-type symptoms, or been recovering them, or been fighting them off. (108 respondents)

 

Poll #3:

This poll was shared on April 10, 2020, in the Mold Avoiders Facebook group.

The question and results follow.

 

ACQUAINTANCES & VIRAL ILLNESS POLL

For this poll, please think about the people that you know who DO NOT have chronic mold-related illness (such as ME/CFS/CIRS/Lyme/etc.) and who are NOT living with you.

To your knowledge, how many of these people have experienced since the beginning of January a viral-type illness that seems that it could be Covid-19?

Note that you do not have to be sure that the illness actually is Covid-19 and that this does not have to be a severe case of the illness.

Just their feeling under the weather, or having a mild cough that is unusual for them, or having a mild fever, or just in general your being suspicious that they might have come down with the virus is sufficient for the purposes of this poll.

 

29% – I know people from at least two different households meeting that description. (22 respondents)

26% – I don’t know anyone meeting that description. (20 respondents)

20% – I know people from at least three different households meeting that description. (15 respondents)

11% – I know one person meeting that description. (8 respondents)

5% – I know multiple people meeting that description, but they are all from the same household. (4 respondents)

5% – I know people from at least four different households meeting that description. (4 respondents)

3% – I know people from at least eight different households meeting that description. (2 respondents)

1% – I know people from at least five different households meeting that description. (1 respondent)

 

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