Covid and ICD

Hi Everyone,

Has anyone tested for Covid yet ? I am Covid positive and wanted to know how bad this may affect me. I am vaccinated and boosted. Could my Covid worsen my condition or can my Covid be worst than usual because of my condition?


Effects of Covid

by Gemita - 2022-01-23 06:23:39

Alexander, I can only tell you about my experience with Covid prior to being vaccinated.  Your experience should hopefully be milder.  As you are fully vaccinated against Covid, I do not believe and certainly hope that no harm will come to you or that the virus will severely affect your condition, or pacing in any way, but be guided by your symptoms and seek help immediately if you are at all worried.  You ask specifically:

Can Covid worsen my condition?

Depends on your overall health, your age and how severely you are affected by Covid.  For example, with heart failure, getting a virus like Covid could weaken us further and potentially make us more vulnerable to experience worsening symptoms like breathlessness, fatigue, weakness, increased arrhythmias, chest pain.

Can Covid be worse than usual because of my condition?

If you are already in a weakened state when the virus hits, then your body may be less able to quickly fight the viral attack, thereby prolonging the duration of the virus which could result in increased symptoms.


But the above may not apply to you Alexander and you will hopefully be over the worse in a few days, thanks to your vaccination status.  Keep well hydrated, get plenty of rest and good nutrition and you should be fine.  I wish you a speedy recovery.


I developed Covid in April 2020 before vaccines arrived.  I had a severe, lengthy attack with worsening arrhythmias, chills, night sweats, high temperature, cough, loss of taste and appetite, weight loss, over whelming fatigue and weakness. I needed three courses of antibiotics for a chest infection (bacterial).  I still have long Covid symptoms (mainly chills, night sweats, brain fog).



by AgentX86 - 2022-01-23 12:44:23

Covid can be very bad for us.  There is a reason we're considered "high risk". However, omachron (I assume it's omachron from the breakthrough) is much less severe than previous strains. You're symptoms will likely be no more than a bad cold, perhaps less.  Of course, if you're severely immune compromised, it could be very bad.
Medically, omachron may be the thing that breaks civid's back. It may infect enough people,  fast enough, so it givrs a significant number of people immunity against the next mutation.  Historically, viri (and all parasites) follow the same path to more virulent but less severe mutations.  It's survival of the fittest. 

Covid isn't the first coronavirus.  The first was discovered almost 100 years ago and had undoubtedly been around much longer.  We didn't hear of them much unti a couple of years ago. Covid will probably always be with us but if allowed to, will drop to the level of panic that the flu gives us.  The flu is not nothing but it doesn't make us panic, either.

The bottom line, be concerned about testing positive but don't panic.  Self-isolate and hunker down for the week or so.  Watch for worsening symptoms.  If you have a pulse-ox meter, check your oxygen saturation.  Drink a much water as your can.  Get a good book or binge-watch netflix for the next week.


by MinimeJer05 - 2022-01-23 20:39:20


I came down with COVID right after Xmas and was terrified that it was going to hit me bad, even though I've got the vaccines. Luckily I just had a fever for a few days and then just a cold that didn't seem to want to go away for a few weeks. 

As others said, everyone is hit with it differently. Drink lots of fluids and stay hydrated. Also plenty of rest!

best of luck 


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