I am a Bank Nurse with the NHS, so I work in a variety of wards, some of them Covid.
One day, I came to work a tad lightheaded with mucus sitting in my throat. I had had trouble sleeping, and commonly overproduce mucus at this time of year, so I chalked it up to that.
Throughout the day, I was constantly clearing my throat, coughing once (though not in front of patients, and while wearing a mask that I immediately changed), but because I didn't display any of the major Covid symptoms (which the NHS say you need to have to qualify for a test), I assumed it was a cold or seasonal allergies, as I am prone to these around this time.
A week or so passes, the symptoms die away, and I work in two other wards. I inform the nurses of the phelgm in my throat (they're happy to let me work), and I wear my PPE (visor included as these were Covid wards) and practice proper hand hygiene and distancing where appropriate (my thinking being that even a cold is bad to have).
After the week passes, I wake up one day and realise my sense of taste and smell is gone. Immediately, I arrange for a test and call the Bank to cancel future shifts. The test comes back positive, and my mum and I isolate (she also tests postive).
I later come to find that the first of the three wards I worked in has since become a Covid ward (it wasn't when I was last there), and now I am of course worried that I am the one that spread the virus here.
When the Track and Trace system phoned me, I told them everything about the onset of the loss of smell and taste, but also about the phelgm and the wards I worked in. I was told that they only take into consideration the main symptoms: fever (which I didn't have), loss of senses (which I later had), and continuous cough (mine wasn't continuous). Nonetheless, they took all my information.
I would definitely be more aware of this symptoms as a potential Covid symptom were it to happen again, whether it was or wasn't, but I can't help but worry about potential patients and/or staff I may have infected.