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When COVID-19 Made Me Feel Like I Had to Hide My Chronic Illness

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It is hard being chronically ill, when that illness is a respiratory one, with a respiratory pandemic racing around the globe.

I am very lucky to live in New Zealand; we managed to stamp out community spread of COVID-19 with one nationwide and one localized lockdown.

All of our current cases are returning travelers, who are in isolation hotels. All of that means the likelihood I have COVID-19 is very slim, and that likelihood is massively outweighed by the fact this is my normal presentation (I have Samter’s Triad, so when I caught the summer cold that was doing the rounds, my sinuses became infected, closely followed by my lungs… and if I didn’t intervene fast, I would end up with the pain of pleurisy again).

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