Family & Parenting, Lifestyle

I got infected with H1N1!

I was still feeling well on Wednesday before I suddenly felt hit by sore throat and coughing. Finally decided to visit the doctor on Friday morning before we go to Tulipmania at Garden By The Bay.

I thought I was infected by COVID, but I was tested to be influenza A (H1N1) positive!

My heart sank….

I don’t know if I should be happy or sad that I didn’t caught COVID… though I attempted to ask the doctor if there is any possibility that one can get infected with influenza A and COVID at the same time.

I did not exactly quarantine myself since doc did not ask me to. But I try to minimised contact with Kpo Kia and papa, and masked up when we are at common space.

Some common knowledge learnt from online:

Influenza A (H1N1), also known as swine flu, is caused by a strain of influenza virus that spreads through direct contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids. This respiratory disease can spread through mucus or saliva released in a sneeze or cough, or touching a surface like a doorknob or toy that is contaminated with the virus. It presents with flu-like symptoms and has been found to infect more children and young adults than those from older age groups.

And NO, it’s not caused by eating pork!

The symptoms

H1N1 are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu, often include the following:

  • A fever, with a temperature higher than 38 degrees Celsius (I was tested to be 38.3°C in the clinic!)
  • Dry cough
  • Severe body aches and pains
  • Moderate to severe fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Chest discomfort
  • Diarrhoea and vomiting (Luckily I didn’t experience these)


The doctor usually prescribe plenty of rest and fluids for a speedy recovery, offering symptomatic treatment for a fever, sore throat, runny nose and cough to alleviate discomfort.
Antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu® (oseltamivir) or Relenza® (zanamivir) may be prescribed to fight the flu and prevent it from spreading. But they are now not routinely prescribed as most younger patients recover without the use of any medications. Antiviral treatment medicines work best when they are taken within two days after they start presenting symptoms, and usually lasts for a period of five days.

Anyway, after the doctor visit, I immediately dozed off when I reached home around 10+am, and I slept through the lunch time and wake up only around 5.30pm to eat medicine. I then went back into hibernate mode till 1+am…. basically I slept through the weekend…. my precious weekend…. was wasted through sleep. Sigh….

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