College student recounts positive COVID test and the days that followed

College student thought the pandemic was on its way out but when she contracted the Omicron variant she realized it was 'back with a vengeance.'

College freshman Jessica Wilda thought the pandemic was on its way out when she headed to school this fall after graduating from Hopkins Academy in the summer of 2021. However, like many others, she realized during the recent Omicron surge that COVID-19 was indeed back with a vengeance. According to Wilda, it spread quickly among college students due to people not quickly sharing information with contacts. 

“My best friend at the time withheld the truth that she and her entire family had COVID,” said Wilda, who said it then quickly spread throughout their friend group. “I had spent the day running errands with her and hours later, she tested positive and texted me to confirm.”

Wilda tested positive shortly afterward and felt symptoms pretty quickly after coming in contact with her infected friend. ”I woke up the next morning with a throbbing headache, unable to turn the lights on in my room,” she said. “I spent the whole day in my bed and then later that day I went and got a CVS test”

The first three days after finding out she was positive were the hardest for her. “I slept for three days straight and had zero appetite. I also had a fever and congestion issues,” Wilda said. 

The road to recovery started around day 3. It began with lots of self-care. ”By day 3 I decided it was time to bounce back and begin the road to recovery. I replenished myself by taking hot baths, drinking loads of OJ, and catching up on Netflix shows.”

When Wilda got her favorite food from Kobe’s she realized she had lost her sense of smell and taste. ” I regained my appetite by sending my mother out to get some of my favorite meals. But when the meal arrived I noticed I had no taste or smell,” she said. “But it was for only two days. I regained my sense of smell and taste as day five of quarantine rolled around.”

After COVID was over, Wilda said she had some lingering thoughts about whether she could trust her friends and also felt weakness and fogginess affecting her gymnastics skills.

“It became a waiting game. I was basically back to normal. But in my first week back at gymnastics, I really struggled to regain my strength and to recall old habits because of COVID brain. I had a meet that coming weekend and I was still [really affected by the virus].”

Wilda is feeling much better now and glad to have increased immunity against the virus, but said COVID-19 should be taken seriously.