Let’s talk about coughing during a global pandemic where one of the most notable symptoms is coughing!
Living in the Texas Panhandle my entire life, I know that March is the time for wind. This wind causes dormant allergies to reawaken with a vendetta. Since Saturday, I’ve had a case of seasonal allergies. This year’s case can be defined as Cough, Cough, and Look There’s a Headache! Normally this wouldn’t be a problem. I would take some medicine and things will be back to normal in a bit. Amidst a global pandemic… coughing sounds a lot different. Cough… did someone hear me? Cough… I promise it’s just allergies! Cough… I swear I’m fine! Cough… I’ll be fine after I take a drink!
Today, I am at a writing workshop with some coworkers. Many (including me) are coughing and then looking around like we have just committed the greatest bank heist of all time or just coughing and quickly looking busy again. Luckily most in the room know that this time of year brings on these allergies that very few can escape, but we still feel like we have to make sure everyone knows we aren’t truly sick.
Maybe next March when these allergies pop up again we won’t have to feel so guilty of coughing in public!