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Fambo Number Mive

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How is a coughing episode defined?
« on: August 22, 2021, 08:58:24 AM »
Is a coughing episode a single cough?

I coughed once yesterday morning because some saliva went down the wrong way (partly due to posture) then a few times a bit later, I think because some rice was stuck in my throat. Then later that day I coughed once.

I know the saliva cough doesn't count as I was coughing to clear my throat, but for the other coughs would they count as one or two coughing episodes? I know we need to get a test if we have three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours so was wondering how many more coughing episodes I need to look out for.

Sorry if these sounds like a silly question but I find the Government guidance on this to be somewhat confusing. I think they should define what a coughing episode is.

Fambo Number Mive

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Re: How is a coughing episode defined?
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2021, 09:04:06 AM »
I know it is somewhat late in the pandemic to ask this, but to be honest I don't usually cough more than once per day so haven't really asked myself this question.

Re: How is a coughing episode defined?
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2021, 09:08:59 AM »
You haven't got Covid, I'm absolutely certain, but you probably do need a complete trachea replacement by the sounds of it.

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Re: How is a coughing episode defined?
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2021, 11:24:33 AM »
Need to change your weed to baccy ratio a bit.

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Re: How is a coughing episode defined?
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2021, 01:03:24 PM »
I looked on YouTube for an example of something I would call a coughing episode (WARNING! Contains Gordon Ramsay!):

Waitress Can't Stop Coughing After Trying Food | Kitchen Nightmares

Fambo Number Mive, what you describe doesn't match that at all. I think you're fine.

greencalx

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Re: How is a coughing episode defined?
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2021, 02:30:18 PM »
We pondered this question extensively when child’s cold turned into a cough. Test was negative anyway.

The delta variant seems to have more cold-like symptoms. Headache. Sore throat. Temperature. Cough not so much. And loss of smell/taste seems to come later.

Fambo Number Mive

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Re: How is a coughing episode defined?
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2021, 04:01:44 PM »
Thanks everyone. I know I get a bit too worried about things being symptoms but I just want to make sure I'm not doing anything that could put others at risk.

Zetetic

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Re: How is a coughing episode defined?
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2021, 04:04:45 PM »
Right now, I wouldn't worry about erring on the side of "get a PCR test" if it'll make you feel better. Demand is still low enough that even the UK testing network should be able to cope without shitting themselves.

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Re: How is a coughing episode defined?
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2021, 08:28:26 PM »
The government guidance figure is completely arbitrary. If you feel like you've got a cough caused by infection, get a test. If you've coughed a couple of times because some saliva/rice has gone down the wrong way, you don't need to get a test. But if you're going to panic about it being a possible symptom of Covid, get a test.

Though be aware that taking the test night well make you cough. You don't need to take another test immediately afterwards because of those coughs.

falafel

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Re: How is a coughing episode defined?
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2021, 10:48:43 PM »
unless you're going to panic about it being a possible symptom of Covid, in which case

Re: How is a coughing episode defined?
« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2021, 10:49:32 PM »
What about if you clear your throat?

falafel

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Re: How is a coughing episode defined?
« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2021, 11:01:20 PM »
PCR test, then lateral flow every other Tuesday for three years

Ed: seriously, the peace of mind from just dropping your swab off never mind getting a result is worth just hedging your bets for if you're legitimately concerned. If there is a risk of getting compulsive about it though, that's a slightly different proposition I suppose.

falafel

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Re: How is a coughing episode defined?
« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2021, 11:07:15 PM »
Also fambo have you tried pilates

falafel

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Re: How is a coughing episode defined?
« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2021, 11:07:58 PM »
For your posture

Re: How is a coughing episode defined?
« Reply #14 on: August 22, 2021, 11:08:21 PM »
What constitutes a shitting episode? Or is that another thread?

Re: How is a coughing episode defined?
« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2021, 03:11:32 AM »
As in shitting rather than coughing. What weight of tod/volume of effluent requires the moniker 'episode'?

Elderly Sumo Prophecy

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Re: How is a coughing episode defined?
« Reply #16 on: August 23, 2021, 03:14:37 AM »
Two handfuls of bounteous tod.

Re: How is a coughing episode defined?
« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2021, 03:21:47 AM »

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Re: How is a coughing episode defined?
« Reply #18 on: August 23, 2021, 03:26:02 AM »
No problemo.

Re: How is a coughing episode defined?
« Reply #19 on: August 23, 2021, 03:28:57 AM »

Zetetic

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Re: How is a coughing episode defined?
« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2021, 05:42:39 PM »
Right now, I wouldn't worry about erring on the side of "get a PCR test" if it'll make you feel better. Demand is still low enough that even the UK testing network should be able to cope without shitting themselves.
As of this morning, I'm considering slightly revising this position.

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