The good news: I do not have a bacterial infection.
The bad news: Therefore, there is nothing I can do to make myself feel better than drink a lot of hot fluids (it's hot outside, too, so this is not refreshing), keep coughing up the nasty dead germs, and wait.
Meanwhile, I haven't slept for two nights because I keep coughing, coughing, coughing. And talking makes my throat hurt, so how I'll finish all my interviews for my stories this week is a mystery.
:-( Being sick is yucky.