Viral Illness Survey Case Summaries: No 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 no lung symptoms and also did not have 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: 5

Average Severity Score: 33

Severity Score Range: 14-55

 

Recovery Status (21+ Days):

5 cases

20% – Mostly recovered

40% – Somewhat recovered

20% – Not recovered but seems stable

20% – Acute viral-type symptoms basically resolved but chronic illness issues are worse

 

Illness Onset:

20% – January 2019

40% – February 2019

40% – March 2019

 

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

40% – Severe

40% – Moderate

20% – Mild

 

Severe Symptoms:

Headache, 80%; Tiredness, 80%; Generally feel terrible, 60%; Sore throat, 40%; Dehydration, 40%; Muscle aches, 40%; Pain when moving body parts, 40%; Weakness, 40%; Sleepiness, 40%; Diarrhea, 20%; Feverish feelings, 20%; Chills, 20%; Bone pain, 20%; Joint pain, 20%; Runny nose, 20%

 

Moderate or Severe Symptoms:

Headache, 100%; Tiredness, 100%; Generally feel terrible, 100%; Weakness, 80%; Sleepiness, 80%; Sore throat, 60%; Nausea, 60%; Loss of appetite, 60%; Muscle aches, 60%; Pain when moving body parts, 60%; Dehydration, 40%; Abdominal pain, 40%; Feverish feelings, 40%; Bone pain, 40%; Joint pain, 40%; Runny nose, 40%; Diarrhea, 20%; Loss of smell, 20%; Elevated temperature, 20%; Chills, 20%

 

Mild, Moderate or Severe Symptoms: 

Headache, 100%; Sore throat, 100%; Nausea, 100%; Loss of appetite, 100%: Muscle aches, 100%; Weakness, 100%; Tiredness, 100%; Generally feel terrible, 100%; Feverish feelings, 80%; Pain when moving body parts, 80%; Runny nose, 80%; Sleepiness, 80%; Dehydration, 60%; Abdominal pain, 60%; Chills, 60%; Joint pain, 60%; Sneezing, 60%; Difficulties swallowing, 40%; Sore voice, 40%; Diarrhea, 40%;  Elevated temperature, 40%; Bone pain, 40%; Loss of smell, 20%; Loss of taste, 20%

 

Kevin

Patient Number: 25

Current Condition: I feel mostly recovered

Severity Score: 55

Time Since Onset: 70 days

Onset Location: Los Angeles, CA

Chronic Illness History: Mild

Mold Avoidance: Yes

Onset Date: 1/15/20

Lung Severity: None

High Fever:  99-100 F (usually normal)

Bedridden During Illness:  Not bedridden but slept a great deal

Relapse: I’m not sure

Duration:  Very severe – 1; Severe – 5; Moderate – 4

Initial Symptom: Myalgia; Low-grade fever (99.9-100.1F); Fatigue; Severe shoulder pain with accumulation of fluid (confirmed by MRI)

Very Severe Symptoms: Feverish feelings; Chills; Muscle aches; Joint pain; Pain when moving body parts

Severe Symptoms: Dehydration; Diarrhea; Bone pain; Weakness; Tiredness; Sleepiness; Generally feeling terrible

Moderate Symptoms: Headache; Sore/painful throat; Nausea; Loss of appetite; Abdominal pain; Elevated temperature

Mild Symptoms: Difficulties swallowing; Sneezing

Not An Issue: Sore voice; Vomiting; Loss of smell; Loss of taste; Blue lips or face; Runny/stuffy nose

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

Practitioner:  Saw a practitioner. They were not certain. They thought it was an infusion reaction (infliximab) but the symptoms did not match the typical profile. It was like a flu + infusion reaction. I recovered on my own with rest, fluids, pain medication. I was in the ER for one day.

Decade Born: 1970’s

Gender: Male

Living: Condominium

Previous Colds/Flus:  One or two per year

Blood Pressure:  Normal (no medicine)

Chronic Conditions:  ADD/ADH, IBD

Worst Neurological:  Mild

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

Most severe activity level: Could be active 40 hours

Recent activity level: Could be active 40 hours

Mold Avoidance: Made big effort, not sure if helped

Mold Avoidance Skill: Fairly good

Mold Exposure: Mostly clear

HH Member #1:  1970’s; None; Moderately severe illness with lung symptoms

 

Cathy

Patient Number: 36

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

Severity Score: 31

Time Since Onset: 61 days

Onset Location: San Diego, CA

Prior Locations:  New York, NY

Chronic Illness History: Severe

Mold Avoidance: Yes

Onset Date: 2/2/20

Lung Severity: No lung symptoms

High Fever:  Not an issue

Bedridden: Mostly bedridden

Relapse: I have not yet experienced improvements

Duration:  Moderate – 4-6 weeks; Mild- 2 weeks

Initial Symptom: Sore throat; Ear pain; Enlarged lymph nodes in neck; Debilitating fatigue.

Very Severe Symptoms: Tiredness

Severe Symptoms: Headache; Sore/painful throat; Dehydration; Weakness; Sleepiness; Generally feeling terrible

Moderate Symptoms: Loss of appetite; Pain when moving body parts

Mild Symptoms: Sore voice; Nausea; Abdominal pain; Muscle aches; Runny/stuffy nose

Not An Issue: Difficulties swallowing; Diarrhea; Vomiting; Loss of smell; Loss of taste; Blue lips or face; Elevated temperature; Feverish feelings; Chills; Bone pain; Joint pain; Sneezing

Additional Symptoms: Hair loss; Blisters and erosions in back of throat that won’t go away; Persistent enlarged lymph nodes in neck; Persistent fatigue; Migraines;  Symptoms persisting for 8 weeks

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

Practitioner:  Saw a practitioner (Said “Viral illness, immune system suppressed”)

Decade Born: 1950’s

Gender: Female

Living: Hotel

Previous Colds/Flus:  Rarely or never

Flu shot: Definitely not

Blood Pressure:  Low (not taking medication)

Chronic Conditions:  Chronic/Post Lyme; Fibromyalgia; Toxic Mold Illness

Worst Neurological:  Moderately severe

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

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

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: Very clear

HH Member #1:  1950’s; No chronic conditions; Moderate acute illness with lung issues

Medical treatment: IV Vitamin C drips; antiviral supplement; Vitamin C, A and D; Homeopathy

Critically Important: Rest; Stay out of moldy buildings

Very Helpful: Vitamin C

Somewhat Helpful: Vitamin A; Zinc; Curcumin; Electrolyte beverage; Ginger; Raw honey; Antifungal drugs (Diflucan); Acetaminophen; Cough drops; Bathe and change clothes frequently; Reduce stress; Spend time outdoors in good locations; Stay warm; Sun exposure; Take warm/hot baths; Gargling (salt water and peroxide; Nystatin swish and swallow); Rinsing sinuses (Baking soda and saline)

No Effect: Vitamin D; Selenium; No effect; Monolaurin; Probiotics; Onions; Azithromycin;

Harmful: Other antibiotic drugs (Pen v K); Ozone therapy (IV)

Don’t know: Vitamin E

Other helpful therapies: IV Vitamin C and magnesium

 

Marie-Therese

Patient Number: 55

Current Condition: I feel somewhat recovered

Severity Score: 29

Time Since Onset: 24 days

Onset Location: Maureillas las illas, France

Prior Locations:  Algarve, Portugal, and Barcelona, Spain

Chronic Illness History: Moderate

Mold Avoidance: Somewhat

Onset Date: 2/27/20

Lung Severity: No lung symptoms

High Fever:  Mildly problematic elevated temperature

Bedridden During Illness:  Totally bedridden

Relapse: I got somewhat better but then had a substantial relapse. (More than twice, I thought I was almost done and it came back. Still have it after 3.5 weeks.)

Duration:  Very severe – 6; Severe – 10; Moderate – 5; Mild illness – 3

Initial Symptom: Headache; URI and cold symptoms. Slight fever, body aches, seemed to change into sinus infection. Suspect mold infection from staying in moldy rooms.

Severe Symptoms: Headache; Runny/stuffy nose; Tiredness

Moderate Symptoms: Loss of smell; Weakness; Sleepiness; Generally feeling terrible

Mild Symptoms: Sore/painful throat; Sore voice; Feelings of nausea; Loss of appetite; Loss of taste; Elevated temperature; Feverish feelings; Chills; Muscle aches; Joint pain; Pain when moving body parts; Sneezing

Not An Issue: Difficulties with swallowing; Dehydration; Diarrhea; Vomiting; Abdominal pain; Blue lips or face; Bone pain

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

Practitioner:  I saw a practitioner. (I diagnosed myself with a sinus infection and doctor agreed, but I suspected a fungal infection so we are treating that first along with natural anti microbials because I don’t want to take antibiotics. Couldn’t get to see doctor until I’d had ut 3 weeks already so was treating myself naturally. In an antifungal now but it’s not cleared up totally.)

Decade Born: 1960’s

Gender: Female

Living: House

Previous Colds/Flus:  Several per year

Blood Pressure:  Normal (no medicine)

Chronic Conditions:  ADD/ADHD; Autoimmune; Fibromyalgia; Food sensitivities; IBD; IBS; ME/CFS; MCAS; Toxic mold illness; Migraines; Tingling and numbness in legs; Insomnia

Worst Neurological:  Moderate

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

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

Recent activity level: Could work or be active for 20 hours a week

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

Mold Avoidance Skill: Extremely good

Mold Exposure: Not very clear

HH Member #1:  1954; No chronic health; Acute illness but without lung issues

Critically Important: Rest; Stay out of moldy buildings; Stay warm

Very Helpful: Melatonin; Reduce stress; Sun exposure; Rinsing sinuses

Somewhat Helpful: Curcumin; Ginger; Raw honey; Acetaminophen; Bathe and change clothes frequently; Spend time outdoors in good locations; Take warm/hot baths; Gargling; Salt pipe with iodine

No Effect: Cough syrup (prescription); Cough drops

Don’t know: Vitamin C (1000-4000 mg); Vitamin D; Iodine; Zinc (liquid zinc 4 mg); Elderberry; Oregano essential oil; Other essential oils; Garlic pills; Colloidal silver (sprayed in throat and drank); Monolaurin; Probiotics; Citrus fruits; MCT or coconut oil; Garlic; Onions; Antifungal drugs; Antiviral drugs; Cough syrup (non-prescription); Onion poultice

Other very helpful treatments:  Inhaling steam with essential oils or ACV

 

Lonnie

Patient Number : 109

Current Condition: I feel somewhat recovered

Severity Score: 34

Time Since Onset: 22 days

Onset Location: Denver area

Chronic Illness History: Moderate

Mold Avoidance: Yes

Onset Date: 3/1/20

Lung Severity: Not a problem

High Fever:  Not a problem/Lower than 99F (usually low)

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

Relapse: I got somewhat better but then had a substantial relapse (had worsening of upper respiratory symptoms, severe headache, fatigue, body aches, loss of appetite)

Duration:  Severe – 2 days; Moderate – 3 days; Mild – 12 days

Initial Symptom: Headache; Fatigue; Severe body aches; Upper respiratory congestion including drippy nose (that the news was saying at the time was not a symptom of Covid-19)

Severe Symptoms: Headache; Sore/painful throat; Muscle aches; Pain when moving body parts

Moderate Symptoms: Nausea; Loss of appetite; Feverish feelings; Bone pain; Joint pain; Runny/stuffy nose; Weakness; Tiredness; Generally feeling terrible

Mild Symptoms: Difficulty swallowing; Dehydration; Chills; Sneezing

Not An Issue: Sore voice; Diarrhea; Vomiting; Loss of smell; Loss of taste; Abdominal pain; Blue lips or face; Elevated temperature; Sleepiness

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

Practitioner:  Not discussed (Doubt that would be able to help; No tests available unless you’d traveled to a hot spot)

Decade Born: 1970’s

Gender: Female

Living: House

Previous Colds/Flus:  One or two per year

Blood Pressure:  Normal (no medication)

Chronic Conditions:  Food sensitivities; MCAS; Toxic mold illness

Worst Neurological:  Moderate

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

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

Recent activity level: Could be active 50 hours a week

Mold Avoidance: Big effort, health improved a great deal

Mold Avoidance Skill: Extremely good

Mold Exposure: Very clear

HH Member #1:  1970’s; Type II Diabetes; Moderate acute illness with lung issues

HH Member #2: 2010’s; None; No illness

Very Helpful: Vitamin C (6-10 g); Colloidal silver (2 tsp, 3x per day)

Somewhat Helpful: Vitamin A; Zinc (60 mg zinc picolinate)

No Effect: Echinacea; Elderberry; Probiotics

Don’t know: Vitamin D; Melatonin (3-6 mg at night); Monolaurin

 

Amber

Patient Number: 67

Current Condition: I feel basically recovered from the acute viral symptoms, but other chronic illness issues are worse. (Headaches; Lymph clogging in head and neck; Muscle aches; Fatigue in morning)

Severity Score: 14

Time Since Onset: 28 days

Onset Location: Tri-Cities Area, WA

Chronic Illness History: Severe

Mold Avoidance: Yes

Onset Date: 3/6/20

Lung Severity: No lung symptoms

High Fever:  Not an issue

Bedridden: Mostly bedridden

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

Duration:  Moderate – 7 days; Mild – 3 days

Initial Symptom: Feverish in my head only; Bright red cheeks in evening; Diarrhea

Severe Symptoms: Headache; Tiredness; Generally feeling terrible

Moderate Symptoms: Nausea; Abdominal pain; Muscle aches; Sleepiness

Mild Symptoms: Sore/painful throat; Diarrhea; Loss of appetite; Feverish feelings; Runny/stuffy nose; Weakness

Not An Issue: Difficulties swallowing; Sore voice; Dehydration; Vomiting; Loss of smell; Loss of taste; Blue lips or face; Elevated temperature; Chills; Bone pain; Joint pain; Pain when moving body parts; Sneezing

Additional Symptoms: Clogged lymph ducts in neck and head upon waking

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

Practitioner:  Discussed with practitioner. (We mainly discussed my children’s symptoms, which include lung symptoms in all four, as well as nausea in one. She did not rule out COVID-19 but also said it could possibly be influenza A and B together.)

Decade Born: 1980’s

Gender: Female

Living: Townhouse

Previous Colds/Flus:  Rarely or never

Flu Shot: Definitely not

Blood Pressure:  Normal (no medication)

Chronic Conditions:  Asthma; ME/CFS; Toxic Mold Illness; Yeast infections

Worst Neurological:  Moderate

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

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

Recent activity level: Could be active 60 hours per week

Mold Avoidance: Made big effort, improved a great deal

Mold Avoidance Skill: Very good

Mold Exposure: Mostly clear

HH Member #1:  2000’s; Mold related issues; Moderate acute illness with lung symptoms

HH Member #2: 2000’s; History of asthma and food allergies; Moderate acute illness with lung symptoms

HH Member #3: 2000’s; No chronic health issues; Moderate acute illness with lung symptoms

HH Member #4: 2010’s; Mold issues; Moderate acute illness with lung symptoms

HH Member #5: 1980’s; Depression, nerve pain, athlete’s foot; Acute illness without lung symptoms

Relapse: I had diarrhea and feverish symptoms for two days, then seemed completely fine. Then, about six days later, I had a day or so where I felt like I was coming down with an illness (muscle aches in my neck and shoulders, funny feeling in my throat), but it went away again. Two weeks after that, I felt similar illness symptoms (muscle aches) accompanied by difficulty sleeping, and waking in the morning with a piercing headache and clogged lymph nodes and feeling unrefreshed. That has lasted about a week so far.

 

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