Viral Illness Survey Case Summaries: Mild Lung Issues Without High Fever

 

 

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May 11, 2020

By Lisa Petrison, Ph.D.

This page provides a summary of the case reports from some of the first individuals to respond to the Paradigm Change Coronavirus Covid-19 and Viral Illness Survey.

Individuals included on this page are those who reported that they had mild lung symptoms without a high fever (defined as 100F or greater).

Patient summaries are arranged in chronological order by illness onset date. Patients with onset dates prior to December 1, 2019, are listed in the “Earlier Cases” section at the bottom of the page.

An overview of the initial summary results is provided on a separate Paradigm Change blog page.

 

Overview

Number of cases: 21

Average Severity Score: 26

Severity Score Range: 13-47

 

Recovery Status (21+ Days):

14 cases

29% – Totally recovered

43% – Mostly recovered

7% – Somewhat recovered

7% – A little better

7% – Not feeling better but the situation seems stable

7% – Acute viral-type symptoms basically resolved but chronic illness issues are worse

 

Illness Onset:

5% – November 2019

14% – December 2019

5% – January 2019

19% – February 2019

57% – March 2019

 

Chronic Illness History (ME/CFS/CIRS/Lyme/etc.):

57% – Severe

19% – Moderate

19% – Mild

5% – None

 

Severe Symptoms: 

Headache, 14%; Sore throat, 14%; Tiredness, 14%; Generally feel terrible, 14%; Runny nose, 10%; Sleepiness, 10%; Loss of appetite, 5%; Loss of taste, 5%; Abdominal pain, 5%; Feverish feelings, 5%; Muscle aches, 5%; Joint pain, 5%; Pain when moving body parts, 5%; Weakness, 5%

 

Moderate or Severe Symptoms: 

Generally feel terrible, 67%; Tiredness, 57%; Muscle aches, 48%; Headache, 43%; Weakness, 43%; Runny nose, 38%; Sleepiness, 38%; Sore throat, 29%; Pain when moving body parts, 24%; Abdominal pain, 19%; Joint pain, 19%; Sneezing, 19%; Loss of appetite, 14%; Lung pain, 14%; Dry cough, 14%; Sore voice, 14%; Diarrhea, 14%; Nausea, 14%; Feverish feelings, 14%; Chills, 14%; Bone pain, 14%; Lung pressure, 10%; Difficulty swallowing, 10%; Dehydration, 10%; Difficulty breathing, 5%; Shortness of breath, 5%; Wet cough, 5%; Loss of smell, 5%; Loss of taste, 5%

 

Mild, Moderate or Severe Symptoms:

Tiredness, 95%; Sleepiness, 95%; Generally feel terrible, 90%; Headache, 81%; Muscle aches, 81%; Runny nose, 76%; Weakness, 76%; Loss of appetite, 67%; Feverish feelings, 62%; Chills, 62%; Sore throat, 57%; Joint pain, 57%; Pain when moving body parts, 57%; Sneezing, 57%; Dry cough, 52%; Shortness of breath, 48%; Lung pressure, 48%; Nausea, 48%; Wet cough, 43%; Difficulty swallowing, 43%; Abdominal pain, 43%; Sore voice, 38%; Dehydration, 38%; Difficulty breathing, 33%; Lung pain, 33%; Diarrhea, 33%; Loss of taste, 33%; Elevated temperature, 33%; Bone pain, 33%; Loss of smell, 24%; Pneumonia, 5%; Bronchitis, 5%; Vomiting, 5%; Blue lips or face, 0%

 

Patrick

Patient Number: 6

Current Condition: I feel totally recovered

Severity Score: 17

Time Since Onset: 125 days

Onset Location: Palmetto, GA

Prior Locations:  Peachtree City/Sugarloaf/Duluth/Lawrenceville, GA

Chronic Illness History: Mild

Mold Avoidance: Yes

Onset Date: 11/23/19

Lung Date: 11/25/20

Lung Symptom Lag: 2 days

Lung Severity: Mild problem

High Fever:  Mildly problematic elevated temperature

Bedridden: Not bedridden

Relapse: I have experienced improvements without substantial relapse

Duration:  Mild – 9 days

Initial Symptom: Body aches; Chills; Mucus in my chest; Cough

Moderate Symptoms: Generally feeling terrible

Mild Symptoms: Wet cough; Headache; Nausea; Elevated temperature; Feverish feelings; Chills; Muscle aches; Bone pain; Joint pain; Pain when moving body parts; Runny/stuffy nose; Sneezing; Weakness; Tiredness; Sleepiness;

Not An Issue Symptoms: Difficulty breathing; Shortness of breath; Lung/chest pain; Lung/chest pressure; Dry cough; Pneumonia; Bronchitis; Sore/painful throat; Difficulties swallowing; Sore voice; Dehydration; Diarrhea; Vomiting; Loss of appetite; Loss of smell; Loss of taste; Abdominal pain; Blue lips or face;

Suspect Illness (compared to colds/flus):  Different symptoms

Practitioner:  Not seen (Illness has not been severe enough)

Decade Born: 1970’s

Gender: Male

Living: House

Previous Colds/Flus:  One every couple of years

Flu Shot: Definitely not

Blood Pressure:  Normal (taking medication to lower)

Chronic Conditions:  Food sensitivities, Arthritis

Worst Neurological:  I’m not sure

ME/CFS:  Moderate – PEM; Not a Problem – Cognitive, OI, Headaches, Muscle/Joint Pain, Unrefreshing Sleep, Sensitivities

Most severe activity level: Could be active 60 hours a week

Recent activity level: Could be active 60 hours a week

Mold Avoidance: Made big effort, health improved a great deal

Mold Avoidance Skill: Fairly good

Mold Exposure: Mostly clear

HH Member #1:  1980’s; Hashimoto’s, Graves, Mold sensitivity, ME/CFS; No acute viral illness

Critically Important: Rest; Spend time outdoors in good locations; Stay out of moldy locations

Very Helpful: Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Iodine, Quercetin, Selenium, Zinc, Berberines, CBD, Curcumin, Echinacea, Elderberry, Garlic essential oil (30 drops a day in water) Marijuana, Oregano oil; Probiotics, Citrus fruits, Electrolyte  beverage, Garlic, Ginger, Onions, Raw honey; Non-prescription cough syrups; Bathe and change clothes frequently; Reduce stress; Stay warm; Sun exposure;

Somewhat Helpful: Cough drops; Warm/hot baths

No Effect: Antibiotic drugs

Additional useful treatments: Lemon and ginger

General comments: I felt like I had a bad flu that lasted for over a week.

 

Wendy

Patient Number: 10

Current Condition: I feel mostly recovered

Severity Score: 23

Time Since Onset: 135 days

Onset Location: Albany, NY

Chronic Illness History: Severe

Mold Avoidance: Yes

Onset Date: 12/1/19

Lung Date: 12/1/19

Lung Symptom Lag: 0 days

Lung Severity: Very Mild

High Fever:  Mildly elevated temperature

Bedridden During Illness:  Not bedridden

Relapse: I’m not sure. I first got it in the first week of December 2019, with coughing for 10 days. Then I got reinfected from a coworker for another 10 days.

Duration:  Mild – 20 days all together given that I had it twice

Initial Symptom: Cough; Congestion; Tired

Moderate Symptoms: Dry cough; Diarrhea; Tiredness; Sleepiness

Mild Symptoms: Shortness of breath; Lung/chest pain; Lung/chest pressure; Wet cough; Headache; Sore/painful throat; Abdominal pain; Elevated temperature; Feverish feelings; Chills; Muscle aches; Runny/stuffy nose; Sneezing; Weakness; Generally feeling terrible

Not An Issue: Difficulty breathing; Pneumonia; Bronchitis; Difficulties swallowing; Sore voice; Dehydration; Diarrhea; Vomiting; Nausea; Loss of appetite; Loss of smell; Loss of taste; Blue lips or face; Bone pain; Joint pain; Pain when moving body parts

Practitioner:  Not discussed

Decade Born: 1970’s

Gender: Female

Living: Apartment

Previous Colds/Flus:  Rarely or never

Flu Shot: Definitely not

Chronic Conditions:  Chronic/Post Lyme; Toxic Mold Illness

Worst Neurological:  Moderately Severe

ME/CFS:  Very Severe – PEM; Unrefreshing Sleep; Severe – Cognitive, Headaches, Muscle/Joint Pain; Moderate – OI

Most severe activity level: Rarely could go out but not bedridden

Recent activity level: Could be active 60 hours a week

Mold Avoidance: Made some effort, health improved a great deal

Mold Avoidance Skill: Fairly good

Mold Exposure: Somewhat clear

Very Helpful: Rinsing sinuses

Somewhat Helpful: Vitamin C (ate at least one orange per day); Curcumin; Cough drops; Reduce stress; Rest; Spend time outdoors in good locations;

Don’t know: Citrus fruits; MCT or coconut oil; Ginger

Additional Treatments: I did some red light therapy

Additional Comments: Mostly felt like a cold that came with an annoying cough. It was followed by some major gut issues – abdominal pain for 2 weeks and yellow & white stools that seem to have no explanation. Docs have said it could have been an infection.

 

Hope

Author Comments: This individual acquired a moderately severe illness with variety of symptoms in early December in the Ann Arbor/Lansing, MI, area. Mild lung symptoms (including coughing and breathing issues) did not have onset until early January.

Patient Number: 11

Current Condition: I feel totally recovered

Severity Score: 38

Time Since Onset: 112 days

Onset Location: Pinckney, MI

Prior Locations:  Lansing/Ann Arbor, MI

Chronic Illness History: Severe

Mold Avoidance: Yes

Onset Date: 12/9/19

Lung Date: 1/11/20

Lung Symptom Lag: 42 days

Lung Severity: Mild problem

High Fever:  Not an issue

Relapse: I have experienced improvements without substantial relapse.

Bedridden During Illness:  Almost totally bedridden

Duration:  Mild – 14 days.

Initial Symptom: Came on suddenly. Body aches; Headache; Sinus congestion; Post nasal drip; Clear drainage; Fatigue; Mild non-productive cough.

Severe Symptoms: Headache; Loss of appetite; Joint pain; Pain when moving body parts; Runny/stuffy nose

Moderate Symptoms: Abdominal pain; Muscle aches; Bone pain; Weakness; Tiredness; Generally feeling terrible

Mild Symptoms: Difficulty breathing; Shortness of breath; Dry cough; Wet cough; Difficulties swallowing; Diarrhea; Nausea; Loss of smell; Chills; Sneezing; Sleepiness

Not An Issue: Lung/chest pain; Lung/chest pressure; Pneumonia; Bronchitis; Sore/painful throat; Sore voice; Dehydration; Vomiting; Loss of taste; Blue lips or face; Elevated temperature; Feverish feelings

Additional Symptoms: Waking multiple times a night; Weight loss; Swelling of right eye

Practitioner:  Saw practitioner. (I assumed it was just the winter cold. I also had a tooth pulled and was experiencing facial pain. She prescribed amoxicillin.)

Decade Born: 1960’s

Gender: Female

Living: House

Previous Colds/Flus:  One or two per year

Flu Shot: Definitely not

Blood Pressure:  High (taking medication to lower)

Chronic Conditions:  Autoimmune; IBD; Toxic mold illness; Complex regional pain syndrome; Occipital neuralgia

Worst Neurological:  Very severe

ME/CFS:  Very Severe – PEM, Unrefreshing sleep, Sensitivities; Severe – Muscle/joint pain; Moderate – Cognitive; Mild – Headaches; Not A Problem – OI

Most severe activity level: Could be active 20 hours a week

Recent activity level: Could be active 20 hours a week

Mold Avoidance: Have made a big effort, health has improved a great deal

Mold Avoidance Skill: Extremely good

Mold Exposure: Mostly clear

HH Member #1:  1930’s; Asthma, COPD, hypertension, psoriasis; prostate cancer; bladder cancer; skin cancer, aortic aneurysm; Moderately severe acute illness with lung issues

HH Member #2: 1960’s; High cholesterol, mood disorder; No acute illness

Critically Important: Stay out of moldy buildings; Stay warm; Rinsing sinuses

Very Helpful: Bathe and change clothes frequently; Reduce stress; Rest

Somewhat Helpful: Oregano oil; Other essential oils (topical and inhalation); Melatonin; Probiotics; Raw honey; Other antibiotic drugs (Amoxicillin); Antiviral drugs; Prescription cough syrup; Acetaminophen; Cough drops; Non-prescription cough syrup; Sun exposure; Take warm/hot baths

No Effect: CBD; Colloidal Silver (Nasal Spray)

Harmful: Marijuana

Don’t know: Vitamin C (500 mg), Vitamin D; MCT or coconut oil; Onions; Spend time outdoors in good locations; Gargling

 

Kyle

Patient Number: 13

Current Condition: I feel totally recovered

Time Since Onset: 105 days

Onset Location: Hamilton, IN

Prior Locations:  Chicago and Milwaukee Areas

Chronic Illness History: None (but high blood pressure)

Mold Avoidance: No

Onset Date: 12/14/19

Lung Date: 12/21/19

Lung Symptom Lag: 7 days

Lung Severity: Mild problem

High Fever:  99-100F (usually normal)

Bedridden: Mostly bedridden

Relapse: I got somewhat better but then had a substantial relapse

Duration:  Moderate – 7 days; Mild – 24 days

Initial Symptom: Fever; Cough; Sore throat; Headaches

Suspect Illness (compared to colds/flus):  More severe, harder to get over

Practitioner:  I went to urgent care twice. No diagnosis.

Decade Born: 1980’s

Gender: Male

Living: Apartment, Hotel

Previous Colds/Flus:  One every several years

Flu Shot: Definitely not

Blood Pressure:  High (not taking medicine)

Chronic Conditions:  None

Worst Neurological:  Not sure

ME/CFS:  Mild – Unrefreshing Sleep; Not A  Problem – PEM, Cognitive, OI, Headaches, Muscle/Joint Pain, Sensitivities

Most severe activity level: Could be active 60 hours per week

Recent activity level: Could be active 60 hours per week

Mold Avoidance: Not sure

Somewhat Helpful: Vitamin C; Electrolyte beverage; Prescription cough syrup; Non-prescription cough syrup; Ibuprofen; Spend time outdoors in good locations; Sun exposure; Warm/hot baths

No Effect: Alcohol; Citrus fruits; Azithromycin; Acetaminophen; Aspirin; Bathe and change clothes frequently; Rest; Stay warm

Don’t know: Essential oils; Oregano oil; Probiotics; Colloidal silver; Other antibiotic drugs; Reduce stress; Stay out of moldy buildings; Onion poultice

Relapse details: Fever, headache and pain all improved. A week later, the cough, sore throat, and headaches got worse. It took approximately a month to go away. The last time I was sick for over a month. It was 20 years ago. It was Mono followed by a sinus infection. Typically my illnesses take a week or less. This took roughly a month.

 

Elizabeth

Patient Number: 28

Current Condition: I don’t feel that bad anymore, but suspect some congestion in my lungs as chest pressure is still bothering me

Severity Score: 32

Time Since Onset: 61 days

Onset Location: LA

Prior Locations:  LA Area

Chronic Illness History: Severe

Mold Avoidance: Yes

Onset Date: 1/20/20

Lung Onset: 1/20/20

Lung Symptom Lag: 0 days

Lung Severity: Mild Problem

High Fever:  Lower than 99F (usually low)

Bedridden During Illness:  Mostly bedridden

Relapse: I have not yet experienced improvements

Initial Symptom: Pressure in my chest, which led to a dull ache. A feeling that I have to inhale 3 times to get enough oxygen. Some “air hunger’ have not checked 02 levels. A bit more aches, in places that flare up. Low energy, increasing pain in chest/ lungs. Occasional sweats or hot flashes and chills. Slight irritation in throat. I really don’t know how much is a flare and what is virus- however the reason I’m filling out the survey is that chest pain and lung pressure usually aren’t issues for me. Not even in mold- though I did have air hunger from Lyme. Or who knows what. But it’s been years since I’ve had it. It now seems to be sitting in my chest. I may have pneumonia. Not sick enough for hospital or anything like that.

Moderate Symptoms: Lung/chest pain; Lung/chest pressure; Headache; Loss of appetite; Muscle aches; Pain when moving body parts; weakness; Tiredness; Generally feeling terrible

Mild Symptoms: Difficulty breathing; shortness of breath; Pneumonia; Bronchitis; Difficulties swallowing; Dehydration; Nausea; Abdominal pain; Feverish feelings; Chills; Bone pain; Joint pain; Runny/stuffy nose; Sleepiness

Not An Issue: Dry cough; Wet cough; Sore/painful throat; Sore voice; Diarrhea; Vomiting; Loss of smell; Loss of taste; Blue lips or face; Sneezing

Suspect Illness (compared to colds/flus):  Different symptoms

Practitioner:  The covid thing wasn’t a huge deal when I saw my doctor in early February for symptoms I thought were random. It wasn’t until I learned about it that I began to worry about my lungs and heart. The symptoms went away for a bit and then came back. By then I didn’t want to risk going to the hospital. I still don’t as I’m not that bad- but I’m calling back to report and update my doctor on Monday, and will follow his lead.

Decade Born: 1970’s

Gender: Female

Living: Shed/Garage; Porch/Balcony

Previous Colds/Flus:  Rarely or never

Blood Pressure:  Low (not taking medication)

Chronic Conditions:  ADD/ADHD, Asthma, Autoimmune, Chronic/Post Lyme, Fibromyalgia, Food sensitivities, ME/CFS, MCAS, MCS, Psychiatric (Anxiety, PTSD), Toxic Mold Illness

Worst Neurological:  Moderately severe

ME/CFS:  Very severe – PEM, Cognitive, Headaches, Unrefreshing sleep, Sensitivities; Severe – OI, Muscle/joint pain

Most severe activity level: Rarely could go out but not bedridden

Recent activity level: Could go out a few times a week

Mold Avoidance – Made a big effort, health improved a great deal

Mold Avoidance Skill – Fairly good

Mold Exposure – Mostly clear

Critically Important: Vitamin C (1000-3000 mg, liposomal), Vitamin D, Colloidal silver (oral), Melatonin (100 mg), Citrus fruits, Electrolyte beverage, Raw honey, Stay out of moldy buildings, Stay warm

Very Helpful: Monolaurin, Probiotics, Rest, Sun exposure, Warm/hot baths, Coffee enemas, Gargling (pink salts, colloidal silver, neem, tea tree)

Somewhat Helpful: Quercetin, Curcumin, Garlic essential oil, Medicinal mushrooms, MCT or coconut oil, Ginger, Aspirin, Reduce stress, Spend time outdoors in good locations

No Effect: Bathe and change clothes frequently

Harmful: Marijuana

Don’t know: Selenium, Zinc (in general supplement), Ibuprofen

Additional Treatments: About a week ago it was pretty bad. I’ve been taking colloidal silver and liposomal vitamin c as well as high dose melatonin my doctor put me on. Also doing a lot of holy basil tea and other herbs. Humic and fulvic acids. All these things seem to be helping.

Other Comments: I’m not sure if I have covid but whatever is happening with my lungs/heart is not good. It seems like the flu symptoms went away after a few days of silver and c, now I’m just left with an achy chest. I think I’m going to try an IV or two and some oxygen therapy. But I’m not sure I want to brave the outside world. So I’m monitoring myself and will decide in another day or two depending.

 

Vanessa

Patient Number: 39

Current Condition: Feel basically recovered from acute viral symptoms, but other chronic illness symptoms are worse than before got sick (Symptoms: Tiredness, depression/sadness, weight gain, ear pain)

Severity Score: 21

Time Since Onset: 47 days

Onset Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Chronic Illness History: Moderate

Mold Avoidance: Somewhat

Onset Date: 2/4/20

Lung Date: 3/5/20

Lung Symptom Lag: 30 days

Lung Severity: Very mild problem

High Fever: Lower than 99F (usually variable)

Bedridden During Illness: Not bedridden

Relapse: Experienced improvements without substantial relapse

Duration: Moderate – 3 days; Mild – 4 days

Initial Symptoms: Fatigue; Sore Throat

Severe Symptoms: Sore/painful throat

Moderate Symptoms: Loss of appetite; Muscle aches; Generally feeling terrible

Mild Symptoms: Lung/chest pain; Dry cough; Wet cough; Dehydration; Loss of taste; Feverish feelings; Chills; Runny/stuffy nose; Sneezing; Weakness; Tiredness; Sleepiness

Not An Issue: Difficulty breathing; Shortness of breath; Lung/chest pressure; Pneumonia; Bronchitis; Headache; Difficulties swallowing; Sore voice; Diarrhea; Vomiting; Feelings of nausea; Loss of smell; Abdominal pain; Blue lips or face; Elevated temperature; Bone pain; Joint pain; Pain when moving body parts

Suspect Illness (compared to colds/flus): Different symptoms

Practitioner: Discussed with practitioner on phone/Internet. Said “Viral illness.”

Decade Born: 1980’s

Gender: Female

Living: House

Previous Colds/Flus: Several per year

Blood Pressure: Normal (no medication)

Chronic Conditions: Chronic/Post Lyme; Food Sensitivities; MCS; CIRS

Worst Neurological: Moderately Severe

ME/CFS: Severe – Unrefreshing Sleep, Sensitivities; Moderate – PEM, Headaches, Muscle/Joint Pain; Mild – Cognitive; Not a Problem – OI

Most severe activity level: Go out to shop or socialize a few times a week

Recent activity level: Go out to shop or socialize a few times a week

Mold Avoidance: Made some effort (not able to be avoiding before illness)

Mold Avoidance Skill: Fairly good

Mold Exposure: Not clear at all

HH Member #1: 2010’s; ADHD, Sleep Issues; Stomach Ache, Gets Sick Often; Moderately severe acute illness with lung symptoms

HH Member #2: 1970’s; Sinus infections, SIBO, Diarrhea; Joint Problems; Moderate acute illness with lung symptoms

Very Helpful: Spend time outdoors in good locations; Stay out of moldy buildings

Somewhat Helpful: Cough drops; Cough syrup (non-prescription); Ibuprofen

No Effect: Zinc (carnosine) Garlic Pills; Colloidal Silver (put in ears); Transfer Factor (4Life Classic); Electrolyte Beverage; Garlic; Raw Honey

Don’t know: Hot Peppers; Onions; Azithromycin

Additional Treatments: Left the area and stayed weekend in a hotel and was better when returned. My son and I were not able to get better in our house and/or area. We got better in 2 days staying at a hotel an hour away.

 

Donna

Patient Number: 48

Current Condition: I don’t feel any better but the situation seems stable

Severity Score: 13

Onset Location: Palm Springs, CA

Time Since Onset: 32 days

Chronic Illness History: Severe

Mold Avoidance: Yes

Onset Date: 2/18/20

Lung Date: 2/18/20

Lung Symptom Lag: 0 days

Lung Severity: Very mild

High Fever:  Lower than 99 F (usually low)

Bedridden During Illness:  Not bedridden

Relapse: Experienced improvements without relapse

Initial Symptom: Mild sore throat, Dry cough

Mild Symptoms: Dry cough, Headache, Sore voice, Feverish feelings, Chills, Muscle aches, Muscle aches, Joint pain, Pain when moving body parts, Weakness, Tiredness, Sleepiness, Generally feeling terrible

Not An Issue: Difficulty breathing, Shortness of breath, Lung/chest pain, Lung/chest pressure, Wet cough, Pneumonia, Bronchitis, Sore/painful throat, Difficulties swallowing, Dehydration, Diarrhea, Vomiting, Nausea, Loss of appetite, Loss of smell, Loss of taste, Abdominal pain, Blue lips or face, Elevated temperature, Bone pain, Runny/stuffy nose, Sneezing

Decade Born: 1950’s

Gender: Female

Living: Vehicle (without plumbing)

Previous Colds/Flus:  Rarely or never

Blood Pressure:  Normal (No medication)

Chronic Conditions:  ADD/ADHD, Autoimmune, Chronic/Post Lyme, IBS, ME/CFS, Toxic Mold Illness

Worst Neurological:  Moderately severe

ME/CFS:  Severe – Cognitive; Moderate – PEM, OI, Sensitivities; Mild – Muscle/Joint Pain; Not A Problem – Headaches, Unrefreshing Sleep.

Most severe activity level: Rarely could go out but not bedridden

Recent activity level: Rarely could go out but not bedridden

Mold Avoidance: Made big effort, improved a great deal

Mold Avoidance Skill: Fairly good

Mold Exposure: Mostly clear

Additional Comments: I’ve had a very mild sore throat and dry cough that lasted 24 hrs mid Feb and was gone with oregano caps. After that I noticed some increased fatigue and chills more than usual. No fever. After a few weeks of ebbing very mild sore throat and dry cough, raspy throat and body aches returned for 4& hrs. I have been using oregano caps. High dose vit c and zinc lozenges several times a day.

 

Stephen

Patient Number: 51

Current Condition: I feel mostly recovered.

Severity Score: 21

Time Since Onset: 42 days

Onset Location: Bisbee, AZ

Prior Locations:  Tucson/Sierra Vista, AZ

Chronic Illness History: Moderate

Mold Avoidance: Yes

Onset Date: 2/20/20

Lung Date: 2/24/20

Lung Symptom Lag: 4 days

Lung Severity: Mild Problem

High Fever:  Not a problem

Bedridden During Illness:  Not bedridden

Relapse: I’m not sure

Duration:  Moderate – 4 days; Mild – 5 days

Initial Symptom: Runny Nose; Mild Cough

Moderate Symptoms: Lung/chest pain; Dry cough; Headache; Weakness

Mild Symptoms: Difficulty breathing; Shortness of breath; Lung/chest pressure; Sore/painful throat; Diarrhea; Abdominal pain; Muscle aches; Joint pain; Runny/stuffy nose; Tiredness; Sleepiness; Generally feeling terrible

Not An Issue: Wet cough; Pneumonia; Bronchitis; Difficulties swallowing; Dehydration; Vomiting; Nausea; Loss of appetite; Loss of smell; Loss of taste; Blue lips or face; Elevated temperature; Feverish feelings; Chills; Bone pain; Pain when moving body parts; Sneezing

Suspect Illness (compared to colds/flus):  Different symptoms

Practitioner:  Not discussed (Concerned about infecting others; Illness not severe enough; Too much trouble; Doubt that practitioner would be able to help)

Decade Born: 1950’s

Gender: Male

Living: Vehicle without plumbing

Previous Colds/Flus:  One every couple of years

Flu Shot: Definitely not

Chronic Conditions:  ADD/ADHD, Asthma, Food Sensitivities, MCAS, Toxic Mold Illness

Worst Neurological:  Moderate

Additional Comments: I had been living in and outside a moldy house for 3 months before I move back into my van a month or so before these symptoms. So chronic fatigue symptoms had returned with some PEM. I also had mild asthma kind of symptoms for a while. This was a couple months ago so I don’t remember all the details.

 

Lindsay

Patient Number: 56

Current Condition: I feel mostly recovered.

Severity Score: 33

Time Since Onset: 26 days

Onset Location: Santa Monica, CA

Prior Locations: Summerlin, NV; Las Vegas, NV; Palm Desert, CA.

Chronic Illness History: Severe

Mold Avoidance: Yes

Onset Date: 2/28/20

Lung Date: 3/7/20

Lung Symptom Lag: 7 days

Lung Severity: Mild

High Fever:  Lower than 99F (usually within normal range)

Bedridden During Illness:  Not really bedridden but slept a great deal.

Relapse: I felt like I was basically recovered but then had a substantial relapse.  I seem to relapse badly for one day out of every 10, with 2-3 days of symptoms. I also have really mild symptoms lingering.

Duration:  Severe – 3 days; Moderate – 6 days; Mild – 12 days

Initial Symptom: Sudden/dramatic loss of sense of taste (could not taste tart cherry juice or a tsp of salt on my tongue dissolved in my mouth), nausea, headache, kidney pain, congestion, post nasal drip, difficulty focusing, depression, and a general feeling like I’m going to die. This all started right after my 3rd liver/gb flush, and seemed to be retox and/or mercury released. My first 2 flushes did not have this effect, but I did fall asleep this time so took CSM a few hours later than planned. Now I think I was already successfully fighting the virus and the liver flush was too hard on my body so kicked me over the edge.

Severe Symptoms: Loss of taste; Generally feeling terrible

Moderate Symptoms: Sore/painful throat; Feverish feelings; Chills; Muscle aches; Weakness

Mild Symptoms: Difficulty breathing; Shortness of breath; Lung/chest pressure; Dry cough; Wet cough; Headache; Difficulties swallowing; Sore voice; Nausea; Loss of appetite; Abdominal pain; Elevated temperature; Joint pain; Pain when moving body parts; Runny/stuffy nose; Tiredness; Sleepiness

Not An Issue: Lung/chest pain; Pneumonia; Bronchitis; Dehydration; Diarrhea; Vomiting; Loss of smell; Blue lips or face; Bone pain; Sneezing

Additional Symptoms: Kidney pain has been moderate, nasal/sinus congestion moderate, post nasal drip moderate, difficulty focusing, depression

Suspect Illness (compared to colds/flus):  Different symptoms, more severe, harder to get over.

Practitioner:  Not discussed (Concerned about mold/chemicals; Concerned about being quarantined; Concerned about infecting others; Illness has not been severe enough; Too much trouble; Feel too sick to make the effort; Doubt that practitioner would be able to help; Avoid healthcare practitioners in genera; Don’t meet CDC testing criteria)

Decade Born: 1980’s

Gender: Female

Living: Apartment, Vehicle, Hotel

Previous Colds/Flus:  Rarely or never

Blood Pressure:  Normal (no medication)

Chronic Conditions:  ADD/ADHD; ASD; Asthma; Autoimmune; Chronic/Post Lyme; Fibromyalgia; Food sensitivities; IBD; IBS; ME/CFS; MCAS; MCS; Psychiatric issues (Major depressive disorder; Anxiety disorder; OCD; PTSD); Toxic mold illness; Vitamin/mineral deficiencies

Worst Neurological:  Very severe

ME/CFS:  Very Severe –  PEM, Cognitive, OI, Unrefreshing Sleep, Sensitivities; Moderate – Headaches, Muscle/Joint Pain.

Most severe activity level: Totally bedridden, rarely could read.

Recent activity level: Could be active 10 hours a week.

Mold Avoidance: Made big effort, improved a great deal.

Mold Avoidance Skill: Extremely good

Mold Exposure: Mostly clear

HH Member #1:  1980’s; Depression, Mild low thyroid, Sinus congestion, sugar addiction, blood sugar issues, Staph aureus and Fusarium on nasal swab;  Moderate acute illness with lung symptoms

Critically Important: Bathe and change clothes frequently; Spend time outdoors in good locations; Stay out of moldy buildings; Sun exposure;

Very Helpful: Probiotics; Nitrazoxanide; Cough drops; Cough syrup (non-prescription); Vicks VapoRub; Rest; Stay warm; Gargling (HOCl, peroxide, sea salt water)

Somewhat Helpful: Vitamin A; Vitamin C; Vitamin D; Vitamin E; Iodine; Selenium; Zinc; Oregano oil; Other essential oils; Citrus fruit; Electrolyte beverage; Ginger; Hot peppers; Raw honey; Other antibiotic drugs (doxycycline); Reduce stress;

Don’t know: Monolaurin

Other Very Helpful: Hypochlorous acid/HOCl has been critically important for me, similar to ozone or chlorine dioxide. I have sprayed in my nose, and daily swish and gargle with it, and use it topically anywhere I hurt.

Current Condition Details: I feel mostly recovered, but then it really seems to wax and wane, like 2-3 days out of every 10 or so I have a flare. Plus a few mild symptoms like nasal/sinus congestion, post-nasal drip, and sore throat are lingering.

Additional Comments: My caregiver works in a Chinese-owned company in Santa Monica, and I think he’s had it for a few months on and off. I only got it once I was close enough to him to get it. I think this thing will linger a long time. Hopefully it won’t get worse. I don’t think it will. Also if we had more of a supply of Alinia we would take it but we are worried about running out, so we are only taking 500mg/day. Our dog has the virus and has been wheezing occasionally from it for a couple months.

 

Joanne

Patient Number: 61

Current Condition: I feel mostly recovered.

Severity Score: 15

Time Since Onset: 32 days

Onset Location: Central Pennsylvania

Chronic Illness History: Severe

Mold Avoidance: Yes

Onset Date: 3/2/20

Lung Date: 3/9/20

Lung Symptom Lag: 7 days

Lung Severity: Very mild problem

High Fever:  Lower than 99 (usually within normal range)

Bedridden During Illness:  Not really bedridden but slept a great deal.

Relapse: I felt that I was basically recovered but then had a substantial relapse.

Duration:  Moderate – 8 days; Mild – 23 days

Initial Symptom: Slight sore throat; Runny nose; Very cold feet

Moderate Symptoms: Runny/stuffy nose; Sneezing; Generally feeling terrible

Mild Symptoms: Wet cough; Headache; Sore/painful throat; Diarrhea; Nausea; Loss of appetite; Feverish feelings; Tiredness; Sleepiness

Not An Issue Symptoms: Difficulty breathing; Shortness of breath; Lung/chest pain; Lung/chest pressure; Dry cough; Pneumonia; Bronchitis; Difficulties swallowing; Sore voice; Dehydration; Vomiting; Loss of smell; Loss of taste; Abdominal pain; Blue lips or face; Elevated temperature; Chills; Muscle aches; Bone pain; Joint pain; Pain when moving body parts; Weakness

Additional Symptoms: Overall malaise. One day of waking with the worst head pain I’ve ever felt (found out 2 hours later that son’s new phone was now running on 5G. This was the last day he was home – due to CV19 & my symptoms, he has moved in with a friend for now). Cough is a tickle cough, but productive, never dry or hacking. Lymph nodes under both arms felt swollen by Mar 23, that symptom came & went a few times after this date but left arm was definitely worse. Left arm actually felt numb/weak for a few days. So much drainage – which is the only symptom I have left as of today (April 2). All mold reactions/exposure symptoms/MT/barometric pressure drops – not affecting me at all since at least Mar 18 or so

Suspect Illness (compared to colds/flus):  Different symptoms; Harder to get over

Practitioner:  Discussed. (He said it is basically like the flu in that is is more dangerous for the elderly or those with underlying conditions. He said many people already had it months ago, many people have it now & many people will get it in the future. It will run its course. Be cautious, but do not panic or worry.)

Decade Born: 1970’s

Gender: Female

Living: House

Previous Colds/Flus:  Rarely or never

Flu Shot: Definitely not

Blood Pressure:  Normal (no medication)

Chronic Conditions:  Autoimmune; MCS; Toxic Mold Illness

Worst Neurological:  Not experienced

ME/CFS:  Very Severe – Unrefreshing sleep, Sensitivities; Severe – PEM; Headaches; Moderate – Cognitive, OI, Muscle/Joint Pain

Most severe activity level: Basically bedridden but could participate in conversations

Recent activity level: Could be active 30 hours a week

Mold Avoidance: Made big effort, health improved a great deal

Mold Avoidance Skill: Very good

Mold Exposure: Very clear

HH Member #1:  1970’s; No chronic health conditions; No acute illness

HH Member #2: 2000’s; Mild mold-related issues; No acute illness

HH Member #3: 2000’s; No chronic issues; No acute illness

HH Member #4: 2000’s; Mild mold-related issues; No acute illness

HH Member #5: 2000’s; No chronic issues; No acute illness

Critically Important: Stay out of moldy buildings

Very Helpful: Bathe and change clothes frequently; Reduce stress; Rest; Spend time outdoors in good locations; Stay warm; Sun exposure; Take warm/hot baths

Somewhat Helpful: Gargling (salt water)

Don’t know: Vitamin C (just from cabbage); Zinc (50 mg on a few days); Elderberry; Probiotics; Electrolyte beverage; Garlic; Onions; Raw honey; Cough drops

Additional Helpful Treatments: Pressure point/manipulation by my chiro, I drink kombucha every day & just this week have been craving & eating cabbage. Ate boiled potatoes last week & didn’t feel good after, but now thinking maybe it was a detox feeling. Will try them again in a day or two. Beginning Mar 31/April 1st is probably the best I have felt since Mar 2nd.

Additional Comments: I awoke Monday Mar 2nd with a slight sore throat & cold symptoms, only the first or second time to be sick in about 4 years. No other symptoms & no fever, but very cold feet that would not warm up no matter what (the exceptionally cold feet is one thing that remained consistent throughout the whole time I felt unwell). I was well enough to go to a sporting event with my kids and also to church on Mar 7 & 8 (I refused to shake hands with anyone & kept my distance – even before we were mandated to do so ;)…when I woke sicker than before on Mar 9, I thought it was because I overdid it on the 7th & 8th. Relapse symptoms were: a runny nose, sneezing & tickly cough as well as further/deeper tiredness. There was one morning around Mar 17 where I felt a slight chill & slight nausea but that resolved quickly on its own without intervention. The slight sore throat was long gone by now, I never got a stuffy nose, never a high fever, never vomited.

Practitioner Visit: I went to my regularly scheduled chiro appt on Mar 23 & before I even said anything he asked if I had the “same thing everyone else does right now”. I mentioned my symptoms but that I was mostly better. The thing bothering me most was the slight drainage & the pain under my left arm. He checked my lungs (all clear), my heart rate (fine), my temp (normal). He did pressure point work & manipulation on my upper back, neck, & shoulder (not typically trouble areas for me – usually he works on my lower back). He said the sore spot under my left arm was a part of the virus that had lodged itself there. He manipulated it to an actual lump that he was able to get a hold of & kind of lift (I have no idea, couldn’t see, but that’s what it felt like). It hurt so bad lol..then he worked in my actual arm pit area which I didn’t even know hurt until that moment haha. After I peeled myself off the table, he had me drink 2 scoops of Nutri-Spec Oxy-Tonic in water, which was nasty. He said it would clear the junk out like a speeding bullet. I probably shouldn’t have been driving when that all happened on the way home!! But over that hour drive, the underarm pain disappeared, with not even a tender spot left behind! And the drainage was cleared out too! Within the next week, both returned with lesser intensity than before, but by today (April 2) the underarm pain is now completely gone & only slight drainage remains. He said I can come back in for another treatment if I want to but I’ll give it another few days & see.

Treatment Comments: I made sure to always stay warm, used a heating pad for my extremely cold feet, took one Epsom salt bath per day, drank warm liquids (tea, broth, soups), used a nose spray occasionally, also used a numbing throat spray on occasion before bed, increased water intake (room temp water, not cold), lots of rest – even taking a break from hobbies since they use up my brainpower 😉 staying stress free, praying & reading my Bible, spending valuable & happy time with hubby, kids & pets, keeping all negativity away xoxo

 

Laura

Patient Number: 65

Current Condition: I feel mostly recovered

Severity Score: 35

Time Since Onset: 21 days

Onset Location: Toomsuba, MS

Prior Locations:  Meridian/Hattiesburg, MS

Chronic Illness History: Severe

Mold Avoidance: Yes

Onset Date:  3/5/20 (Approximate)

Lung Severity: Mild

High Fever:  Mildly elevated temperature

Bedridden During Illness:  Not really bedridden but slept a great deal

Relapse: I felt like I was basically recovered but then had a substantial relapse

Duration:  Mild – three weeks

Initial Symptom: Sore throat; Body Aches; Cough

Moderate Symptoms: Headache; Sore throat; Difficulties swallowing; Loss of smell; Chills; Muscle aches; Bone pain; Joint pain; Pain when moving body parts; Runny/stuffy nose; Sneezing; Weakness; Tiredness; Sleepiness; Generally feeling terrible

Mild Symptoms: Dehydration; Loss of appetite; Loss of taste; Elevated temperature; Feverish feelings

Not An Issue: Sore voice; Diarrhea; Vomiting; Nausea; Abdominal pain; Blue lips or face

Practitioner:  Not discussed (Illness has not been severe enough; Too much trouble; Doubt that practitioner would be able to help; Avoid healthcare practitioners in general)

Decade Born: 1950’s

Gender: Female

Living: House

Previous Colds/Flus:  Rarely/never

Blood Pressure:  Don’t know

Chronic Conditions:  Asthma, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Arthritis

Worst Neurological:  Moderate

ME/CFS:  Very Severe – PEM; Severe – Cognitive, Headaches, Muscle/Joint Pain, Unrefreshing Sleep; Moderate – Sensitivities; Not A Problem – OI

Most severe activity level: Rarely could go out but not bedridden

Recent activity level: Could go out a few times a week

Mold Avoidance: Made big effort, not sure if improved

Mold Avoidance Skill: Fairly good

Mold Exposure: Mostly clear

Very Helpful: Ginger, Raw honey, Rest, Stay warm, Rife

Somewhat Helpful: Garlic pills; Citrus fruits, Take warm/hot baths

Don’t know:  Other essential oils (inhaled peppermint), Colloidal silver, Alcohol, Garlic, Onions, Reduce stress, Stay out of moldy buildings, Rinsing sinuses (neti pot with Xylitol and saline)

Relapse Details: I thought it was over and then the sore throat came back worse than the first time. I stared hitting it with steam, ginger, and vitamin C and it didn’t develop back into a cough. I still have some upper respiratory crud that I can’t cough up.

 

Grace

Patient Number: 60

Current Condition: I feel mostly recovered

Severity Score: 33

Time Since Onset: 19 days

Onset Location: White Rock, NM

Prior Locations:  Santa Fe, Los Alamos, NM

Chronic Illness History: Severe

Mold Avoidance: Yes

Onset Date: 3/2/20

Lung Severity: Very mild

High Fever:  Lower than 99F

Bedridden During Illness:  Not really bedridden but slept a great deal

Relapse: Experienced improvements without substantial relapse

Duration:  Severe – 3 days; Moderate – 7 days; Mild – 5 days

Initial Symptom: Severe muscle pain, Extreme fatigue

Severe Symptoms: Muscle aches, Tiredness

Moderate Symptoms: Headache, Sore/painful throat, Diarrhea, Nausea, Loss of appetite, Abdominal pain, Joint pain, Pain when moving body parts, Runny/stuffy nose, Weakness, Sleepiness, Generally feeling terrible

Mild Symptoms: Shortness of breath, Difficulties swallowing, Feverish feelings

Not An Issue: Difficulty breathing, Lung/chest pain, Lung/chest pressure, Dry cough, Wet cough, Pneumonia, Bronchitis, Sore voice, Dehydration, Vomiting, Loss of smell, Loss of taste, Blue lips or face, Elevated temperature, Chills, Bone pain, Sneezing

Suspect Illness (compared to colds/flus):  Different symptoms

Practitioner:  Test for flu negative.  Suspected viral illness.

Decade Born: 1950’s

Gender: Female

Living: House

Previous Colds/Flus:  One every couple of years

Blood Pressure:  Normal (taking medication to lower)

Chronic Conditions:  Fibromyalgia, Food sensitivities, IBS, ME/CFS, MCAS, MCS, POTS, Toxic Mold Illness, Thyroid issues

Worst Neurological:  Mild

ME/CFS:  Severe – PEM, OI, Headaches, Muscle/Joint Pain; Unrefreshing Sleep; Sensitivities;  Moderate – Cognitive, Headaches

Most severe activity level: Rarely could go out, not bedridden

Recent activity level: Could go out 40 hours per week or more

Mold Avoidance: Made a big effort, improved a great deal

Mold Avoidance Skill: Very good

Mold Exposure: Very clear

HH Member #1:  1950’s; Heart disease, smoked;  Moderate acute illness with lung symptoms

Very Helpful: Antiviral drugs (Valacyclovir); Reduce stress; Rest; Spend time outdoors in good locations; Stay out of moldy buildings; Stay warm; Sun exposure; Take warm/hot baths; Rinsing sinuses (saline)

Somewhat Helpful: Vitamin C (1500 mg); Vitamin D; Quercetin; Zinc carnosine; Colloidal silver (nasal spray); Electrolyte beverage; Ginger; Acetaminophen; Cough drops; Ibuprofen; Vicks VapoRub

No Effect: Probiotics;

Don’t know: Bathe and change clothes frequently

 

Ann

Patient Number: 71

Current Condition: I feel fully recovered

Severity Score: 19

Time Since Onset: 35 days

Onset Location: Northwest Illinois

Prior Locations:  Dubuque, IA; Rockford, IL

Chronic Illness History: Severe

Mold Avoidance: Yes

Onset Date: 3/9/20

Lung Date: 3/19/20

Lung Symptom Lag: 10 days

Lung Severity: Very mild problem

High Fever:  Mildly problematic elevated temperature

Bedridden During Illness:  Not bedridden

Relapse:  I got somewhat better but then had a substantial relapse

Duration:  Mild – 10 days with symptoms

Initial Symptom: Feverish feelings; Slight headache; Malaise; Sleepiness; Sense of coming down with something

Moderate Symptoms: Feverish feelings; Weakness; Generally feeling terrible; Tiredness; Sleepiness

Mild Symptoms: Difficulty breathing; Wet cough; Headache; Sore voice; Vomiting; Nausea; Loss of appetite; Elevated temperature; Chills

Not An Issue: Shortness of breath; Lung/chest pain; Lung/chest pressure; Dry cough; Pneumonia; Bronchitis; Sore/painful throat; Difficulties swallowing; Dehydration; Diarrhea; Loss of smell; Loss of taste; Abdominal pain; Blue lips or face; Muscle aches; Bone pain; Joint pain; Pain when moving body parts; Runny/stuffy nose; Sneezing

Suspect Illness (compared to colds/flus):  Harder to get over, different symptoms.

Practitioner:  Not seen (Concerned about infections; Concerned about infecting others; Concerned about being quarantined; Illness has not been severe enough; Too much trouble; Doubt that practitioner would be able to help; Avoid healthcare practitioners in general)

Decade Born: 1960’s

Gender: Female

Living: Townhouse

Previous Colds/Flus: One every several years

Blood Pressure:  Normal (no medication)

Chronic Conditions:  Autoimmune; Fibromyalgia; Food sensitivities; IBS; ME/CFS; MCAS; MCS; Psychiatric (Bipolar); Toxic Mold Illness

Worst Neurological:  Very severe

ME/CFS:  Very Severe – PEM, Cognitive, OI, Unrefreshing sleep, Sensitivities; Severe – Muscle/joint pain; Headaches – Mild

Most severe activity level: Basically bedridden

Recent activity level: Could be active 40 hours per week

Mold Avoidance: Made a big effort, health improved a great deal

Mold Avoidance Skill: Extremely good

Mold Exposure: Very clear

Critically Important: Garlic essential oil (mixed with Brain Octane oil and administered rectally), Medicinal mushrooms, Spend time outdoors in good locations, Stay out of moldy buildings, Stay warm

Very Helpful: Vitamin C (10-20 g per day), Zinc (100 mg per day, different kinds), Oregano oil, Other essential oils, Monolaurin, Probiotics, Alcohol, Citrus fruits, MCT or coconut oil, Garlic, Onions, Raw honey, Bathe and change clothes frequently, Reduce stress, Rest, Take warm/hot baths, Coffee enemas

Somewhat Helpful: Ginger, Hot peppers, Sun exposure

Harmful: Marijuana

Don’t know: Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin E, Iodine, Selenium, Echinacea, Berberines

Treatment Discussion: As soon as I started experiencing symptoms, I tried to hit it hard with high-dose Vitamin C (15 grams or more per day), high-dose zinc (100 mg per day), a few large doses of Vitamin D, some other vitamins/minerals, frequent doses of medicinal mushroom tincture, some monolaurin, some essential oils (including oregano and cinnamon) mixed with Brain Octane oil, and a good bit of garlic and citrus fruit. After about three days, I was still feeling like I was on the edge of getting really sick. Then I did a rectal administration (using a little syringe) of about 10 drops of garlic essential oil and 5 drops of wild oregano oil, mixed with about 10 ml of Brain Octane oil. This felt incredibly powerful on that first administration and within about half an hour, I felt like my body had a handle on the virus. Within a day and after a second treatment, the symptoms of the illness had receded. For the next two weeks, I found that if I didn’t do this same treatment every two days or so, I would start to feel sick again. At about 10 days in, I started having a tiny little pneumonia-like cough, after having skipped that treatment for several days. It receded after I did that treatment though.  At about three weeks in, when I let up on the treatments, the cough came back and I also woke up feeling like I was drowning because I somehow couldn’t get air into my lungs, a feeling I had never had before in my life. In general, although the symptoms have been mild, they also have been pretty weird and difficult to drive into permanent submission. Finally, after doing rectal garlic oil treatments for several days in a row and also starting AHCC, the illness receded and has not returned. I also drank a lot of onion broth with honey and spices in it; tea with lemon and honey (and sometimes bourbon). I think that hitting my throat with that seemed like a good thing. I felt like my gut microbiome was hit a little too hard by all the garlic, and took a lot of high-dose probiotics as well as cold potatoes (for the resistant starch) to try to build it back. I feel like there were a lot of endogenous toxins created in this illness, and that coffee enemas and going for walks outside in the fresh air were really important. Even though I have not had any symptoms for almost two weeks and hope that I have thrown the bug entirely, I wouldn’t be surprised if it flared again. It seemed really persistent, whatever it was. I think that without the rectal administration of all that garlic essential oil, I likely would have gotten quite sick with this thing.

Additional Comments: I visited an indoor dog park at a concert arena in Dubuque on March 4 and then started experiencing symptoms five days later. I am basically recovered from chronic illness issues and am only mildly reactive to most mold toxins now.

 

Julia

Patient Number: 74

Current Condition: I feel totally recovered

Severity Score: 16

Time Since Onset: 16 days

Onset Location: San Jose Area

Chronic Illness History: Moderate

Mold Avoidance: No

Onset Date: 3/10/20

Lung Date: 3/10/20

Lung Symptom Lag: 0 days

Lung Severity: Mild

High Fever:  Lower than 99F

Bedridden During Illness:  Not bedridden

Duration:  Mild – 5 days

Relapse: I have experienced improvements without substantial relapse

Initial Symptom: Sore throat; Malaise; Cold; Shortness of breath; Chest discomfort and heaviness

Moderate Symptoms: Difficulty breathing; Shortness of breath; Muscle aches; Runny/stuffy nose

Mild Symptoms: Lung/chest pain; Lung/chest pressure; Sore/painful throat; Dehydration; Pain when moving body parts; Sneezing; Sleepiness; Generally feeling terrible

Not An Issue: Dry cough; Wet cough; Pneumonia; Bronchitis; Headache; Difficulties swallowing; Sore voice; Diarrhea; Vomiting; Nausea; Loss of appetite; Loss of smell; Loss of taste; Abdominal pain; Blue lips or face; Elevated temperature; Feverish feelings; Chills; Bone pain; Joint pain; Weakness; Tiredness

Suspect Illness (compared to colds/flus):  More severe

Practitioner:  Discussed with practitioner. ART tested positive for COVID.

Decade Born: 1960’s

Gender: Female

Living: House

Previous Colds/Flus:  One or two per year

Blood Pressure:  Normal (no medication)

Chronic Conditions:  Chronic/Post Lyme; Food sensitivities; IBS; MCAS; MCS; Toxic Mold Illness; Morgellons/skin fungus

Worst Neurological:  Moderate

ME/CFS:  Severe – Sensitivities; Moderate – Cognitive, Muscle/Joint Pain; Mild – OI; Not A Problem – PEM; Headaches; Unrefreshing Sleep

Most severe activity level: Could be active 20 hours a week

Recent activity level: Could be active 20 hours a week

Mold Avoidance: Not sure

HH Member #1:  1950’s; Depression, anxiety; Acute viral-type illness without significant lung issues

Medical treatment: Homeopathic remedies and energy healing nips it almost immediately.

Additional Comments: I believe I would have gotten very much sicker (considering how quickly my lungs were hit and previous chronic bronchitis and asthma) had I not nipped it in the bud at first sign of illness (sore throat, cold coming on, itchy throat, shortness of breath, etc) Homeopathy and in general, energy/frequency/vibration medicine works very well and almost instantaneously for me. I did start to get sick a few times in the past couple weeks since the first occurrence which was ART tested positive but I immediately nipped it in the bud each time.

 

Meghan

Patient Number: 75

Current Condition: I feel mostly recovered

Severity Score: 31

Time Since Onset: 24 days

Onset Location: St. Louis, MO

Chronic Illness History: Mild

Mold Avoidance: Somewhat

Onset Date: 3/10/20

Lung Date: 3/11/20

Lung Symptom Lag: 1 day

Lung Severity: Mild Lung Symptoms

High Fever:  Lower than 99F (usually variable)

Bedridden During Illness:  Almost totally bedridden

Relapse: I have experienced improvements without substantial relapse

Duration:  Moderate – About 3 weeks

Initial Symptom: Body aches; Felt like the flu; Congestion in chest; Cough

Very Severe Symptoms: Runny/stuffy nose; Generally feeling terrible

Severe Symptoms: Muscle aches

Moderate Symptoms: Dry cough; Lung/chest pressure; Bone pain; Joint pain; Pain when moving body parts; Sneezing

Mild Symptoms: Headache; Sore/painful throat; Difficulties swallowing; Sore voice; Loss of appetite; Weakness; Tiredness; Sleepiness

Not An Issue: Dehydration; Diarrhea; Vomiting; Nausea; Loss of smell; Loss of taste; Abdominal pain; Blue lips or face; Elevated temperature; Feverish feelings; Chills

Suspect Illness (compared to colds/flus):  More severe, harder to get over

Practitioner:  Saw practitioner, said upper respiratory infection.

Decade Born: 1970’s

Gender: Female

Living: House

Previous Colds/Flus:  One or two per year

Flu Shot: Definitely received

Blood Pressure:  Normal (no medication)

Chronic Conditions:  None

Worst Neurological:  Not experienced

ME/CFS:  Moderate – Headaches; Not a Problem – PEM, Cognitive, OI, Muscle/Joint Pain; Sensitivities

Most severe activity level: Could be active 50 hours per week

Recent activity level: Could be active 50 hours per week

Mold Avoidance: Made some effort, not sure if health improvements

Mold Avoidance Skill: Not able to do that at all

Mold Exposure: Not clear at all

Medical treatment: Flonase; Mucinex

Critically Important: Rest

Very Helpful: Prescription cough syrup; Acetaminophen; Aspirin; Non-prescription cough syrup; Vicks VapoRub; Reduce stress

Somewhat Helpful: Citrus fruits; Stay warm; Gargling

Don’t know: Vitamin C

 

Ella

Patient Number: 76

Current Condition: I feel mostly recovered.

Severity Score: 27

Time Since Onset: 14 days

Onset Location: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Prior Locations:  Dayton/Elyria, Ohio; Killarney/Kilkenny/Galway, Republic of Ireland

Chronic Illness History: Mild

Mold Avoidance: No

Onset Date: 3/12/20

Lung Date: 3/17/20

Lung Symptom Lag: 5 days

Lung Severity: Very mild problem

High Fever:  99-100 F (usually low)

Bedridden During Illness:  Not really bedridden but slept a great deal.

Relapse: I have experienced improvements without substantial relapse.

Duration:  Moderate – 6 days; Mild – 4 days

Initial Symptom: Sore throat; Tickle in throat; Exhaustion

Very Severe Symptoms: Sore/painful throat

Severe Symptoms: Tiredness; Sleepiness;

Moderate Symptoms: Wet cough; Headache; Sore voice; Runny/stuffy nose; Generally feeling terrible

Mild Symptoms: Dry cough; Difficulties swallowing; Dehydration; Diarrhea; Loss of appetite; Muscle aches; Sneezing;

Not An Issue: Difficulty breathing; Shortness of breath; Lung/chest pain; Lung/chest pressure; Pneumonia; Bronchitis; Vomiting; Feelings of nausea; Loss of smell; Loss of taste; Abdominal pain; Blue lips or face; Elevated temperature; Feverish feelings; Chills; Bone pain; Joint pain; Pain when moving body parts; Weakness

Additional Symptoms: Sore throat for 6 days and continual dry throat for the last 7 days.

Suspect Illness (compared to colds/flus):  Different symptoms

Practitioner:  Flu test and respiratory panel was negative; waiting for COVID-19 results (after 8 days)

Decade Born: 1990’s

Gender: Female

Living: Apartment

Previous Colds/Flus:  One-two per year.

Chronic Conditions:  IBS

Worst Neurological:  Mild

ME/CFS:  Severe – Headaches, Unrefreshing Sleep;  Not a Problem – PEM, Cognitive, OI, Muscle/Joint Pain, Sensitivities

Most severe activity level: Could be active 40 hours a week

Recent activity level: Could be active 40 hours a week

Mold Avoidance: Not Sure

Somewhat Helpful: Acetaminophen, Bathe and change clothes frequently, Rest, Spend time outdoors in good locations

No Effect: Probiotics, Alcohol, Electrolyte beverage, Cough drops, Reduce stress, Take warm/hot baths

Don’t know: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Iodine, Selenium, Zinc,

Additional Comments: Overall, the sore throat was the longest standing symptom i had, which was much longer than I usually feel. Also the exhaustion was similar to how I felt when I had mono and was different than just being “tired.”

 

Bethany

Patient Number: 81

Current Condition: I don’t feel any better and the situation seems like it is getting worse.

Severity Score: 31

Time Since Onset: 8 days

Onset Location: Huntsville, AL

Chronic Illness History: Severe

Mold Avoidance: Yes

Onset Date: 3/13/20

Lung Date: 3/18/20

Lung Symptom Lag: 5 days

Lung Severity: Mild

High Fever:  99-100F (usually low)

Bedridden During Illness:  Not bedridden

Relapse: I have not experienced improvements.

Duration:  Moderate – 2-3 days; Mild – 5-7 days

Initial Symptom: Sleeplessness; Sore throat; Muscle and joint pain; Nausea; General malaise; Fatigue

Moderate Symptoms: Headache; Sore voice; Abdominal pain; Muscle aches; Tiredness; Sleepiness; Generally feeling terrible

Mild Symptoms: Shortness of breath; Lung/chest pain; Lung/chest pressure; Headache; Difficulties swallowing; Dehydration; Nausea; Loss of taste; Elevated temperature; feverish feelings; Chills; Bone pain; Joint pain; Pain when moving body parts; Runny/stuffy nose; Sneezing; Weakness

Not An Issue: Difficulty breathing; Dry cough; Wet cough; Pneumonia/ Bronchitis; Diarrhea; Vomiting; Loss of appetite; Loss of smell; Blue lips or face;

Suspect Illness (compared to colds/flus):  Different symptoms, more severe, harder to get over

Practitioner:  Discussed with practitioner, waiting for test results. (My doctor thinks it’s a small chance that it is coronavirus.)

Decade Born: 1980’s

Gender: Female

Living: House

Previous Colds/Flus:  One every couple of years

Blood Pressure:  Normal (no medications)

Chronic Conditions:  ADD/ADHD, Food sensitivities, MCAS, POTS, Psychiatric issues (Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety Disorder), Toxic Mold Illness

Worst Neurological:  Moderately severe

ME/CFS:  Severe – Cognitive, Sensitivities; Moderate – PEM, OI, Headaches, Muscle/joint pain, Unrefreshing sleep

Most severe activity level: Rarely could go out, not bedridden

Recent activity level: Could be active 20 hours a week

Mold Avoidance: Made big effort, improved a great deal

Mold Avoidance Skill: Very good

Mold Exposure: Mostly clear

HH Member #1:  1950’s; Moderately high cholesterol; Mild acute illness with lung symptoms

HH Member #2: 1950’s; High blood pressure; Mild acute illness with lung symptoms

Medical treatment: Doctor suggested managing symptoms of cough to avoid causing ARDS if I were to develop a cough.

Additional Comments: This has been such an odd illness. I go through periods of time when I feel okay, but then I go right back to feeling terrible again. I just can’t seem to shake it.

 

Patricia

Patient Number: 85

Current Condition: I feel a little better but not recovered.

Severity Score: 37

Time Since Onset: 22 days

Onset Location: Twin Cities Area, MN

Chronic Illness History: Moderate

Mold Avoidance: Somewhat

Onset Date: 3/16/20

Lung Date: 3/24/20

Lung Symptom Lag: 8 days

Lung Severity: Very Mild Problem

High Fever:  99-100F (usually low)

Bedridden During Illness:  Not really bedridden but slept a great deal.

Relapse: I got somewhat better but then had a substantial relapse. (Cycling every 3-5 days – improvements then recurring substantial headaches/migraine, recurring severity of dizziness and muscle aches)

Duration:  Severe – 2 days; Moderate – 8 days; Mild – 11 days

Initial Symptom: Headache; Fatigue; Dizziness

Severe Symptoms: Headache

Moderate Symptoms: Dehydration; Diarrhea; Nausea; Muscle aches; Runny/stuffy nose; Sneezing; Weakness; Tiredness; Sleepiness; Generally feeling terrible

Mild Symptoms: Shortness of breath; Dry cough; Wet cough; Sore/painful throat; Loss of appetite; Loss of smell; Loss of taste; Abdominal pain; Elevated temperature; Feverish feelings; Chills; Bone pain; Joint pain; Pain when moving body parts

Not An Issue: Difficulty breathing; Lung/chest pain; Pneumonia; Bronchitis; Difficulties with swallowing; Sore voice; Vomiting; Blue lips or face

Additional Symptoms: Dizziness and disorientation

Suspect Illness (compared to colds/flus):  Different symptoms, more severe, harder to get over

Practitioner:  Discussed via phone or Internet (may be due to Covid-19 or a sinus infection)

Decade Born: 1960’s

Gender: Female

Living: House

Previous Colds/Flus:  One or two per year

Flu shot: Definitely received

Blood Pressure:  Normal (not taking medication)

Chronic Conditions:  Fibromyalgia; Food sensitivities; IBS; ME/CFS; Toxic Mold Illness; Breast cancer (stage 2) in mid 30’s; Tonsils, gall bladder, kidney stones removed; Uterine fibroids; Anemia

Worst Neurological:  Moderate

ME/CFS:  Severe – Headaches, Muscle/Joint Pain, Unrefreshing Sleep;  Moderate – PEM, Cognitive, OI, Sensitivities

Most severe activity level: Could be active 30 hours a week

Recent activity level: Could be active 40 hours a week

Mold Avoidance: Made big effort, health stayed about the same

Mold Avoidance Skill: Not able to do that at all.

Mold Exposure: Not sure

HH Member #1:  1980’s; Chronic colds/allergies; Acute illness without lung issues

HH Member #2: 1990’s; Sore throats; Acute illness without lung issues

HH Member #3: 1960’s; Gluten sensitivities; Acute illness without lung issues

Medical treatment: Prescribed Amoxicillin, which I won’t take since I’ve worked hard over the last year trying to rebuild my microbiome.

Very Helpful: Antiviral drugs (Valacyclovir 1 g, 2 tabs, 2x day for 2 days at a time; Denavir 1% topical cream); Reduce stress; Rest; Stay warm; Coffee enemas; Rinsing sinuses (saline)

Somewhat Helpful: Vitamin A; Vitamin C; Vitamin D; Vitamin E; Zinc; CBD; Melatonin (3 mg at bedtime); Probiotics; Citrus fruit; MCT or coconut oil; Garlic; Ginger; Onions; Bathe and change clothes frequently; Spend time outdoors in good locations; Sun exposure

Harmful: Alcohol

Don’t know: Iodine; Curcumin; Echinacea; Stay out of moldy buildings; Salt pipe with iodine

Additional Helpful Treatments: Sauna for 5-10 minutes at 140F.

Notes: We have always had black mold issues over the last 32-yrs in our residence (We moved into our home in Jun 1988) Last fall we abated the mold in our attic using RMR-86 Pro® (SodiumHypochlorite). Sanitizes and seals in under 10-seconds. Full protective gear is required.

Additional Comments: This illness is lingering and recurring.

 

Katie

Patient Number: 92

Current Condition: I feel a little better but not recovered

Severity Score: 15

Time Since Onset: 3 days

Onset Location: Southern Oregon

Chronic Illness History: Severe

Mold Avoidance: Yes

Onset Date: 3/23/20

Lung Severity: Very mild problem

High Fever: Not a problem

Bedridden During Illness: Not bedridden

Relapse: Not sure

Duration:  Mild – 3 days

Initial Symptom: Sore throat

Moderate Symptoms: Sore/painful throat

Mild Symptoms: Feelings of lung/chest pressure; Loss of appetite; Loss of smell; Loss of taste; Chills; Muscle aches; Tiredness; Sleepiness

Not An Issue: Difficulty breathing; Shortness of breath; Lung/chest pain; Dry cough; Wet cough, Pneumonia; Bronchitis; Headache; Difficulties swallowing; Sore voice; Dehydration; Diarrhea; Vomiting; Nausea; Abdominal pain; Blue lips or face; Elevated temperature; Feverish feelings; Bone pain; Pain when moving body parts; Runny/stuffy nose; Sneezing; Weakness; Generally feeling terrible

Practitioner:  Not discussed (doubt that would be able to help)

Decade Born: 1960’s

Gender: Female

Living: Apartment

Previous Colds/Flus:  Rarely or never

Chronic Conditions:  MCS, Toxic Mold illness

Worst Neurological:  Moderately severe

ME/CFS:  Severe – PEM, Sensitivities; Moderate – Headaches; Mild – Unrefreshing Sleep; Not A Problem – PEM, OI, Muscle/Joint Pain

Most severe activity level: Could go out a few times a week

Recent activity level: Could be active 60 hours a week

Mold Avoidance: Made a big effort, improved a great deal

Mold Avoidance Skill: Very good

Mold Exposure: Very clear

Very Helpful: Vitamin C (1-5 g); Reduce stress; Rest; Spend time outdoor in a good locations; Stay warm

Somewhat Helpful: Other essential oils (Thieves inhaled); Garlic; Hot peppers; Onions; Gargling (salt water)

Don’t know: Selenium; Zinc; Melatonin; Probiotics; Cough drops; Stay out of moldy buildings; Sun exposure; Warm/hot baths

Additional helpful treatments: Potatoes, okra, garlic, Scallions, butter, cayenne, soft-boiled eggs, broccoli, nutritional yeast, hot beverages. Qigong.

 

Faith

Patient Number: 94

COVID-19 Test Results: Negative

Current Condition: I feel a little better but not recovered

Severity Score: 47

Time Since Onset: 10 days

Onset Location: Phoenix Area, AZ

Prior Locations:  Cave Creek, AZ

Chronic Illness History: Severe

Mold Avoidance: Yes

Onset Date: 3/24/20

Lung Date: 3/28/20

Lung Symptom Lag: 4 days

Lung Severity: Mild problem

High Fever:  Not a problem

Bedridden: Mostly bedridden

Relapse: I have not yet experienced improvements

Duration:  Severe – 2 days; Moderate – 6 days; Mild – 2 days

Initial Symptom: Fatigue; Very sore throat; Swollen glands in throat; Inflamed eustachian tubes; Headache; Chills

Very Severe Symptoms: Sore/painful throat; Generally feeling terrible

Severe Symptoms: Headache; Abdominal pain; Feverish feelings; Weakness; Tiredness; Sleepiness

Moderate Symptoms: Lung/chest pain; Difficulties swallowing; Sore voice; Dehydration; Nausea; Loss of appetite; Chills

Mild Symptoms: Lung/chest pressure; Dry cough; Loss of smell; Loss of taste; Muscle aches; Joint pain; Pain when moving body parts

Not An Issue: Difficulty breathing; Shortness of breath; Wet cough; Pneumonia; Bronchitis; Diarrhea; Blue lips or face; Elevated temperature; Bone pain; Runny/stuffy nose; Sneezing

Suspect Illness (compared to colds/flus):  Different symptoms

Practitioner:  Yes.

Decade Born: 1950’s

Gender: Female

Living: House

Previous Colds/Flus:  One every couple of years.

Flu Shot: Definitely did not receive.

Blood Pressure:  Normal (not taking medication)

Chronic Conditions:  Food sensitivities; IBS; ME/CFS; Toxic Mold Illness

Worst Neurological:  Mild

ME/CFS:  Very Severe – PEM, Headaches, Unrefreshing sleep, Sensitivities; Severe – Cognitive, OI, Muscle/Joint Pain

Most severe activity level: Basically bedridden but could participate in conversations

Recent activity level: Could be active 20 hours a week

Mold Avoidance: Made big effort, health improved somewhat

Mold Avoidance Skill: Very good

Mold Exposure: Very clear

HH Member #1:  1950’s; Mild health issues; Mild acute illness with lung symptoms

HH Member #2: 1980’s; Cirrhosis; Mild acute illness with lung symptoms

Critically Important: Reduce stress, Stay out of moldy buildings, Gargling, Rinsing sinuses

Very Helpful: Bathe and change clothes frequently, Rest, Stay warm, Sun exposure

Somewhat Helpful: Oregano oil, Melatonin, Monolaurin, Electrolyte beverage, Ginger, Vicks VapoRub, Spend time outdoors in good locations, Take warm/hot baths, Coffee enemas, Nebulizer, Salt pipe with iodine

Don’t know: Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Iodine, Selenium, Zinc, Citrus fruits, MCT or coconut oil, Rife

Additional Helpful Treatments: HOCl: Gargle, neti pot, fog house,rinsing off products; Nebulized a slight amount with HOCl and with Iodine. Had lung pain after initial nebulizing so approaching cautiously. Andrographis. Potassium. Had other meds on standby in case of worsening like hydroxlchloroquine, zpac, propolis but haven’t used

Test Results: I was using a neti pot with HOCl several days prior to nasal swan and so feel that may have skewed results. I don’t trust the testing. The mighty Mayo Clinic did mine, but they didn’t test against flu, which seems incomplete. The HOCl may have interfered. Or maybe I just have some garden variety bug. But they only have about a 2% positive rate which seems incredibly low since each patient must be prescreened via telephone with a nurse in order to even get the test. As of Tues, the Phoenix Mayo had tested about 2000 people. My suspect illness certainly hasn’t fit the instant fever, horrible coughing and drowning version of nightmares. But my symptoms are so very consistent with a ridiculous number of health group friends from all over the continent. If this isn’t COVID19, then it seems there is some other adjacent pandemic in play!

Additional Health Conditions: Hypothyroid. My normally controlled TSH tanked (TSH too high meaning thyroid underfunctioning) sometime last fall/winter. So far, I have not been able to get it back to normal. This can happen with infection. The crawl space in our rental went moldy last fall. I was pretty sick before figuring out the source. I am wondering if that was the “infection” that disrupted thyroid. I also had a bad dry hacking cough with viral feelings and mild bronchitis Jan-Feb but this latest “suspect illness” was more intense, but without coughing. Not direct to your question, but I feel relevant.

 

Tara

Patient Number: 95

Current Condition: I don’t feel any better but the situation feels like it is stable

Severity Score: 17

Onset Location: Evansville, IN

Time Since Onset: 7 days

Chronic Illness History: Moderate

Mold Avoidance: Yes

Onset Date: 3/26/20

Lung Date: 3/30/20

Lung Symptom Lag: 4 days

Lung Severity: Mild problem

High Fever:  Between 99-100F.  (Usually normal)

Bedridden During Illness:  Not bedridden

Relapse: I felt like I was basically recovered but then had a substantial relapse.

Duration:  Mild illness – I’m on Day 7 and counting.

Initial Symptom: Fatigue; Chest tightness; Low grade temperature that never got higher than 99.4F.

Moderate Symptoms: Tiredness

Mild Symptoms: Difficulty breathing; Shortness of breath; Lung/chest pressure; Dry cough; Sore voice; Loss of appetite; Abdominal pain; Elevated temperature; Feverish feelings; Muscle aches; Runny/stuffy nose; Sneezing; Weakness; Sleepiness; Generally feeling terrible

Not An Issue: Lung/chest pain; Wet cough; Pneumonia; Bronchitis; Headache; Sore/painful throat; Difficulties with swallowing; Dehydration; Diarrhea; Vomiting; Feelings of nausea; Loss of smell ; Loss of taste; Chills; Bone pain; Joint pain; Pain when moving body parts

Suspect Illness (compared to colds/flus):  Different symptoms

Practitioner:  No. (Concerned about exposure to mold or chemicals; Illness has not been severe enough; Doubt that practitioner would be able to help)

Decade Born: 1970’s

Gender: Female

Living: House

Previous Colds/Flus:  One every several years

Chronic Conditions:  Food sensitivities; ME/CFS; MCS; Toxic mold illness; Hypothyroidism; Endometriosis; Sleep apnea

Worst Neurological:  Moderately severe

ME/CFS:  Very severe – Cognitive, Unrefreshing sleep, Sensitivities; Moderate – Muscle/joint pain; Mild – PEM; Not a problem – OI, Headaches

Most severe activity level: Could be active 20 hours a week

Recent activity level: Could be active 20 hours a week

Mold Avoidance: Made big effort, health improved somewhat

Mold Avoidance Skill: Very good

Mold Exposure: Mostly clear

HH Member #1:  1970’s; No chronic illness; Mild acute illness with lung symptoms

HH Member #2: 2000’s; ADHD; Mild acute illness with lung symptoms

HH Member #3: 2000’s; No chronic illness; Acute illness without lung symptoms

Critically Important: Stay out of moldy buildings

Somewhat Helpful: Ginger; Raw honey; Rest; Spend time outdoors in good locations

Don’t know: Vitamin C (5000 mg per day); Zinc (lozenges, 2 mg); Melatonin (3 mg); Onions;

Additional helpful treatments: Combination of herbal remedies recommended by Kenyon Keily

Additional Comments: I feel like I’ve relapsed twice. Both days I felt really good…even my typical mold symptoms of brain fog and fatigue were greatly improved. Chest felt back to normal then the next day I’d feel worse again, chest tightness returned, fatigue, low grade temp.

 

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