There's a host of viruses and bacteria lurking out there. Therefore, going out in public is definitely risky.
I recently had pharyngitis and laryngitis due to inflammation of the pharynx and larynx. Both caused by an upper respiratory tract infection. My Dr. said both conditions are caused by viruses or bacterial. I lost my voice completely for one week. Awful! I started out with a sore throat, then a dry cough, and headache. Soon my voice was raspy. A couple days after that I lost my voice completely. I had a low grade fever and felt very tired. My fever was 102.2F (39C) which is usually considered a low-grade fever. I tested negative for COVID-19.
My Dr. prescribed me a 10 days course of Amoxicillin, an antibiotic at 2 a day. He told me to gargle with warm salt water often, and to take a OTC pain reliever as needed, preferably Acetaminophen. Dr said he would have prescribe me a steroid too, but he saw on my chart that I'm allergic. This was over 4 weeks ago, and my throat still feels dry and especially sore at night.
I'm still not feeling my best. So, I may have to call my Dr again if this doesn't ease up soon. I normally don't get sick. It's been many years since I've been sick like this. I never had COVID-19, yet anyway.
I hope you feel better soon too, Belle.