No thoughts or prayers needed here, my friends. We're good for the most part. However, just wanted to share our cautionary tale of communicable disease. My daughter studies taekwondo, and while her teacher is an amazing instructor, great with the kiddos, and really has helped build her confidence, he has, I feel, felt that the coronavirus was a more of a political threat than an existential one. Minimal guidelines were followed, and once our state opened up to stage 5, pretty much all they were doing was sanitizing their hands before class and told not to come if they didn't feel well or participate via Zoom. We as a family continued to whistle past the graveyard and took precautions pretty much everywhere else but still allowed our daughter to attend class as she's now a green belt and likes getting into the sparring part of the art. There was also a Halloween party thrown last Friday (a week before Halloween) that was 4 hours long, came with all the pizza they could stuff in the kids, and only cost 20 bucks. 20 bucks on a Friday for basically a babysitter so that we could go out for dinner and a cocktail? Sold! You can see where this is going... The next Tuesday he emails that he's tested negative for strep and flu and is getting a nose swab for COVID. Comes back positive. No big deal. Class will go on if his assistant tests negative. She comes back positive. Wednesday, my wife starts to feel a little crummy and my daughter seems just a bit grouchy going to school. By that afternoon I start to feel...off. We get another message, mom who volunteered checking in the kiddos at the party has tested positive. One more day, all three of us in the house have mild-moderate fevers. Wife is tired and congested, daughter is tired with a fever, I have a weird dry cough. We figure it's not the flu as my wife and I have had our shot. After getting my daughter tested at the Dr office for strep and flu (both negative), and a probable false negative (got tested too soon) by my wife, I felt terrible enough Halloween night with a 102.4 to schedule a test yesterday morning. What has two thumbs and COVID19? This guy. The doc says that there is basically no question that we all have it due to the symptoms and proximity to each other, so no more testing needed. No more brains need tickled with a 14" 1/4" thick piece of rebar masquerading around like a swab (i might be exaggerating, but thats what it felt like). So we're now stuck at home for the next 10+ days. Daughter is fine. No fever, no cough, no tiredness. She's super bummed she has to miss a sleepover at her best friend's birthday, but she's OK. Today was my first day without a fever since Thursday. Kinda congested and my throat hurts. Also, both my daughter and I got this weird tenderness on our belly and lower back. Not like an ache but like almost a bruise where it kinda hurts to touch it. Strange. My wife has it the worst. She was first put on a Z pack and steroid wednesday because of her negative test with the Doc thinking it was an ear infection. She's tired with a headache and hasn't been below 99.2 for going on 5 days. Never cracked 100 like I did, but she just feels like crap. If you need any more anecdotes of what this virus feels like, for us it feels like a really butt-kicking flu. I have never felt like death was knocking on my door, but I have not felt this crappy in a long time. Thankfully, for me, there hasn't been a lot of other lingering symptoms besides a sore throat. Now if I can just get my wife to turn the corner and kick her low grade fever. It's just zapping her. So there you have it. Reason #2,374,834 to wash your hands and take the smart precautions. We thought we were doing a pretty good job. The one place we weren't was the one place is seems to have come back and bitten us on our tookus. Im just glad we caught ourselves before going over to see my mom and step-dad on Halloween. With his preexisting conditions, this would be mucho bad for him to contract it. Take care of yourselves and please keep 6' away from this post.