Mold Avoiders Poll: Recent Activities of Individuals Without Covid-Like Illness

 

 

This question was asked in the Mold Avoiders Facebook group on April 23, 2020.

All responses to the question (edited for anonymity and brevity) follow.

 

Just out of curiosity – for those in this group who have not had any kind of illness that you think might be Covid, what have you been doing for the past few months?

Like where and how have you been living?

Thanks very much for sharing your experiences.

 

Responses from the U.S.

Completely isolated in a small cabin. Haven’t left in over a month.

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We’ve been between houses outside Philadelphia and in South Jersey. My four teens are isolated, I go out for groceries about once a week and we have seen our biotoxin doctor twice.

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I have taken the dogs for a walk on my street but have not ventured out since February 24 th . That’s the last time I was at Costco.

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Working and going to school online.

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I have been going for an occasional walk, grocery store every 2 weeks or so, to CVS once, post office once. Met once in parking lot of restaurant and had takeout with friends. We were 10 feet apart. Wore a mask for all outings except my walks. Went to my daughter’s house once to help her clean (wore mask). Completely clean up when arriving home. I am in a hot spot in PA.

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Ever since getting out of mold we have worked hard having good air quality. We are 8 in our family…..none of us have been sick.

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My family started self isolating on March 10th. We do grocery pick up every couple weeks. We have ordered curb side takeout twice, and we go outside for walks. We’ve been to a local farm for milk once and plan to go again next week. My husband had to go inside Home Depot once a couple weeks ago. I think that’s it as far as contact goes.

Our lifestyle before this was fairly isolated compared to most. My husband works from home, going into the office once a week. We homeschool our three kids, and while we are out and about for co-op, lessons, church, errands, etc, we spend the majority of our time at home, especially because I don’t have a lot of energy to be going places all the time. We live in a small community halfway between Milwaukee and Madison. I don’t know a single person who even suspects they have had the virus in this area.

Back in February, my three kids were all sick one after the other, and my husband and I were casually speculating about whether it could have been covid, but neither of us got sick. I’m guessing they didn’t have the virus, but they each had one feverish day – and fevers are very rare with my kids – and a couple days of malaise where they just complained of how bad they felt and slept a lot. My youngest, age 7, recovered quickly with just one day on the couch. The older two had prominent deep coughs for a few days, maybe a week, I don’t remember. They all got it one at a time.

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We are in a suburb of Denver. I am in our house with my mother and 2 kids, 11 and 14 yo, full time. Every day from about March 5th on. My husband works construction, which is still going. But is very slow, and he only goes to job sites where he is the only one there.

We stayed at home before the state of Colorado called for a lockdown. We don’t go anywhere. I’ve been in a vehicle three times since then, just to go on rides. I went into the outside garden section of Lowe’s one time.

My husband is the only one who shops, and he comes home and showers right away afterward.

My son had a basketball game early March. We all went. My son got a terrible cold and cough from that. My husband, younger son and mother didn’t get sick. Maybe two weeks later I felt really tired. But I don’t have boundless energy like I used to, and I was busy with work, so maybe that was it. Honestly, I felt I was fighting something internally, but had no other strong symptoms. Did I have a sore throat or was I imagining it? Did I have a tightness of breath or had I heard about that and now felt it. It all was so barely perceptible. I even considered that I was asymptomatic, but because I have gone through me/CFS, mold, Lyme, maybe I could “feel” some parts of the illness, whereas a healthy asymptomatic wouldn’t. I don’t know, but I’ve never had an experience like this before.

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Living in an apartment in NYC with my husband. Was going outside 2-3 time a week into a park to get sun without wearing a mask, but the park was always extremely crowded so we stopped that 2 weeks ago. My husband goes to the store for food once every 2 weeks.

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I live in Missouri. I have practiced very strict distancing. I have had groceries delivered once I set up two containment areas – one for packages and another for food. I let things that can sit for days before bringing in. Everything else gets cleaned. And is stored separately for a few days before use or consumption. Heating all food. Starting own garden. Being sure to be extremely clean.

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I was sick the beginning of December with “something.” Since stay-at-home orders the end of March, I’ve mostly been home (rural, wooded location) but I go outside when I want – no neighbors within 100’ of me – might be more than that. I’ve been to visit my kids and their families (although I feel like a criminal when I do go). I’ve been going to “drive-in” church on Sundays. I’ve been to my parents to mow their grass, I’ve been to the chiropractor, and I’ve been doing my weekly grocery shopping at Aldi, Walmart, or wherever I need to go to find the items on my list. I’ve been to TSC to get chicken feed and the lumber supply place with my son (he built a chicken coop to get layer chickens).

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Western Mass. Wear disposable gloves and garbage bag over clothes any time I have to go to store. Leave perishables on porch and take out of bags and clean package. Home with three kids in city. I have a friend who lives in cabin alone and has almost no other friends, and we run in his yard.

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Morongo Valley, California. No grocery stores or fresh food services deliver here. I can only get dry goods. I was sick for a couple weeks but when I tested at the end of that two weeks I was negative for Covid 19. I have had neighbors that have brought me some groceries when they went for their own supplies. Otherwise I’ve been entirely sheltered in place since March 15 on private land where I rent to stay.

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Living in a cabin on a lake in northern Minnesota. Gone out a few times for mail, groceries, chiropractor, emergency dental, and looked at a few houses for sale.

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I live in a small town in Kansas. We’ve only had one confirmed case in our county so far (though I’ve known several people that we think had it…but I don’t think anyone in my family has had it). I take zinc lozenges if I start to feel unwell at all or if I have to go out and get groceries. I’m also wearing a MyAir mask if I have to go to the store.

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I was in Massachusetts from Feb. 1-19th supporting my Mom who was supposed to have surgery for colon cancer that they cancelled last minute due to it being in her lymph nodes & liver. We then took her bucket list trip to a Gulf front hotel in Navarre Beach, Florida then onto Disney World & Universal Studios in Orlando from March 3-18th. We were in Disney 4 days then in Universal March 15th when it closed. I went back to Arizona to work on getting a guest house built for my Mom. She was cleaning up her house getting ready to move, but self quarantined & never left her home. She had food delivered & dropped off with Meals on Wheels. March 26th she stopped getting out of her recliner & developed bed sores. April 4th she fell in her bathroom. I flew back there Monday, April 6th. She passed April 9th. I got back to Arizona 14 days later, April 20th.

On Jan. 31st my oldest daughter (asthma & most immune compromised from mold exposure) and I went to the Gem and Jewelry show in Tucson, AZ at the Expo Center (same location as this bridge tournament) where there were many jewelry dealers from China, some of whom were wearing masks. I left Feb. 1 to go to Massachusetts. Feb. 7th my oldest got very sick with a vicious respiratory illness, sister and caregiver also were sick 2-3 days later, but milder. Caregiver said it was the worst sounding illness and was very concerned. Took both kids to doctor. Both tested for Flu. Oldest tested positive for Flu B, youngest did not. Oldest got breathing treatment at office and sent home with inhaler, anti-nausea meds. Caregiver cleaned whole house and rode it out. Oldest missed 7 days of high school. I am suspicious that oldest had COVID19, but no way of knowing. I have never had the illness.

I am still well, appear to be virus free.

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I have been in the house for going on almost 7 months now. My husband takes me out for my two allergy shots a week which they come out and give to me in the car. We have no pets or children and no family members have ever been in our new home. I have lived social distancing since I have been a child due to an immune deficiency.

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I’m currently in Florida. We found an older home a few weeks back. Currently camping on the enclosed patio until work inside is completed.

I have my IQair with VOC filters running 247 on the patio. I use a Nilfisk Ulpa vacuum to clean the floors, windows and screens every week to make sure our space is clean.

I seldom go out shopping so we have either my husband or oldest go with a list. They wear their mask and as soon as they come to the car from the store they disinfect hands and arms with alcohol and mask is placed in a bag and sanitized at home.

No shoes are allowed in our sleeping and living place. No guests are allowed either. If people need to visit for whatever reason they stay in their car about 30 feet away in the driveway.

We use sovereign silver gel over the eyes as well and inside of the nose if we go outside or we use a salve I make with thyme and plantain.

The few times I’ve tried going into a store I felt sick. The air felt sour and heavy to me. I also got very congested each time.

Boxes from online shopping are left for 24 to 48 hours in the garage and then contents are removed and stored.

We’re getting produce from Misfits twice a month. We soak in peroxide or vinegar and then wash everything before putting it away.

I work full-time from home. Only one employed currently, so thankfully no one needs to leave to go anywhere aside from grocery shopping.

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I live near Boise. My family has been sheltering in place since March 7, weeks before the official order came to do so. But even before that due to mold sensitivity we live a pretty isolated life. The only changes have been the kids no longer go to a 2-3 hour midweek kids church program in a new building and my husband and kids no longer go to church. For me the only change has been telemedicine doctor appointments instead of in person (though there was one cafe I could go to occasionally). My husband used to work in cafes with his contaminated work laptop (that cannot be replaced) but now he does that work in our garage and he does a weekly run for groceries instead of bringing home a few things most days that he was out in the cafes. We plan to stick with this level of isolation even after it is officially lifted.

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I’m living in my van.

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I am living in my moldy home still, with moderate symptoms of mold, only slightly more isolated than I was before covid. I work from home (have for 7 years) with young children, and still have my mom coming to help with the kids. My husband is still installing solar panels too.

We live in SW WA state and have the kids home always with plenty of yard play and bike riding. Adults in the home alternate turns going grocery shopping alone.

My daughter (5) had a non covid-like cold just before WA closed down schools and we kept her home.

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Thankfully I had moved out of mold last year and am starting over in a dry climate in eastern Oregon. I have a job that allows staff to work from home now and I’ve worn a mask in buildings ever since becoming chemically sensitive.

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I’m living in hotels. No masks. No gloves.

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100% social distancing. I have only walked around my immediate block. Grocery delivery only.

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I’m at home, we just finished our final remediation in the kitchen. A little to soon to tell if remediation is having an effect, but we are having an infrared sauna delivered next week so excited about that.

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I’m in San Diego and mostly working from home but going into the office 2x a week and grocery store at least once a week. I’m careful with washing and sanitizing but the only mask I can tolerate is a Vog mask and I’m sure it’s not protecting me. I also live in a moldy condo building (my place was gutted and rebuilt) with a lot of careless people so I try to wear a glove to touch anything. There have been a few times I thought I was coming down with something but thankfully it didn’t materialize.

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I’m in the “avoid hits” point of all this. So my remote teaching job that was part meet in safe places and part meet online is now all meetings online. My husband has also started working from home. Our kids already did remote/at home learning so they’ve continued with that. My husband is the one to go get us stuff and we wipe it all down. Leave grocery delivery on the porch and wipe that down. If they say we can all go back out I’ll probably hang back. When husband returns we follow the same thing we did for cross contamination as before.

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I’m in New York City and not able to tolerate any type of face mask. Last Friday it became law that if you have any chance of being within 6 feet of someone you must wear a face mask. I can claim a medical exemption but don’t want to upset other people by going out without a mask, so starting Saturday I decided to stay home.

Before that I was food shopping regularly and going out for walks, doing my best to keep 6 feet away from others. The stores made it easier because they let so few people in at a time and require that you keep 6 feet apart while waiting in line outside and inside.

I also visited my uncle regularly but didn’t socialize much otherwise.

Luckily no one I know including myself has gotten Covid. Or if they had it there were no obvious symptoms.

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Outside of Seattle. Been home since Feb 29. We spray everything before it comes in our home with EC3, Thieves and HOCl. Remove outer packaging if possible. And leave what we can in the garage until we need it. Wear gloves/cloth masks when forced to go to pharmacy/interact with a human.

We do not interface with any humans except when completely unavoidable (pharmacy, deliveries) and even then we have called and asked the pharmacist to meet us outside to avoid entering the pharmacy and we have them put prescriptions into a garbage bag. We go outside in our tiny front/back yard to get air/sunlight/exercise. We wear gloves to take our garbage to the communal bins and do not get within six feet of any neighbors, and even then it is by coincidence if we both happen to be outside at the same time. People here are very serious about this. Two of our neighbors have fled to Alaska.

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Mold landed me in the hospital where I was exposed to Covid. I’m currently in a field hospital in Boston which should be shut down and where all of my rights are violated. I’ve seen cross contamination, HIPPA violations, etc. I’m a former healthcare professional and a human rights advocate for 36 years.

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In western NC, near Asheville. Small community that’s very conservative in its outings and exposures. Definitely in self-quarantine and doing my best to keep things clean as having COPD and chemical sensitivities mean I’m not scrubbing from ceiling to floor 24/7. Probably fall in the moderately wiped and sprayed down category.

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I live in rural Illinois. I’m retired and my husband is semi-retired. He is healthier than I, so he goes shopping for me. He works in home health care so is limited to visiting clients, usually old and disabled people. I looked at every symptom at first but then reasoned that I have had these symptoms for years, so not COVID-19

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Louisiana. Many people are sick in my area. I’ve been around a lot of sick people who probably who have had covid. Before the stay at home, I worked up close with folks as a craniosacral therapist. My husband continues to work weekly with the airlines, so he’s always bringing germs home.

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Rural CA. We live in a trailer on another family’s organic farm. My kids are homeschooled. We rarely see anyone else except when we run errands.

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I’ve been in my uncle’s backyard in NM. I rarely go to the store but when I do I wear my big ol P100 painting respirator and gloves and I’m very careful to both wip stuff down with alcohol and wash my hands.

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I’ve been staying home as I have been for years. Wear the mask to food shop & that’s it.

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Living in Pahrump, Nevada. Working Instacart during this crisis.

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We are using our air scrubber to kill pathogens and mold and mold spores and dust. We are growing our own food. We are creating a safe place. And washing hands and surfaces. I buy fresh food in an open air market.

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I’m in NJ without symptoms. Since March 20 I’ve been out but cautious. I haven’t been wearing masks on my dog walks but I may begin as I’m in a busy neighborhood and it’s hard to stay 6 feet apart. Lots of kids here who regularly get close and hard with a dog to avoid getting close. I’ve been to supermarkets but for the past couple of weeks I’ve tried to only get deliveries. The weekend of March 7 I was in a large group meeting in Washington DC.

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I am on a farm not far from Boston. With lambing, calving, etc., we are pretty much isolated apart from a weekly shop.

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In the heart of Silicon Valley. Very hard 4 months, this started a long time ago here. We lost 8 workers in one week in September.

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I live in Tennessee, but my son and I were in Virginia in March. Things started shutting down while we were there.

I go to the grocery more frequently than recommended, but less than normal. I have also been to drugstores and big box stores.

I wear a mask, carry alcohol swabs, and wash hands.

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Smallish town in southern Nevada. Only go out to grocery shop.

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I have not ventured out.

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No symptoms. I’m on Vancouver Island, Canada. I’ve been out for two car rides, and a few walks up the street, but mostly not farther than my deck since March 17th ish. My husband has been to the stores approx five times for us. He’s noticed many people here now wear masks, but we both feel that masks are not good, and could actually be harmful. So we haven’t invested in one. Not that we can find one to buy!

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I’m reasonably well in rural Virginia. No symptoms of illness other than my usual CIRS. Working at home as usual. Going out for groceries and supplies as needed without a mask (as usual). None of my family members or my neighbors are sick either.

 

Responses from Other Countries

Left my moldy home just before corona hit my country two months ago. Have stayed with different friends, looked at different properties, done trial nights on which I found out VOC’s are an issue. Wish I could go to a campsite but they’re closed now. Wild camping isn’t possible here.

I’m taking more risk than I would if I were in a place where I could stay. But at the same time I was already cautious not to catch infections. At my sisters’ now, looking at a rental place this afternoon.

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Moved to France last September. Have only been out to get groceries 3 times since lockdown. Have to go again tomorrow and to the post office. Dreading it. I’m glad we bought our house and got moved before lockdown. Saved us a lot of money and anxiety.

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We are in Portugal in a small beach town. Only my husband goes out to get groceries. The kids and I go into the dunes everyday for fresh air and sunshine. The only time I’ve really been out in the last 7 weeks was to have a baby 5 weeks ago.