The woman, in her mid-30s, didn't even realize that she had coronavirus since her symptoms were a lot different than the usual cough, fever, and respiratory problems.
The sheer number of people who have been infected by novel coronavirus might seem large and overwhelming but there are many who are recovering too. In fact, in the US, 147 people infected by the virus have recovered from it, as per John Hopkins Hospital. One of those people, who have recovered is a 37-year-old woman from Seattle and she has a message for others.
Elizabeth Schneider had gone to a house party on February 22 and three days later, she fell sick. A few of her friends, who were also at the party, got sick in a similar way around the same time. She was at work when she began to feel sick first. She experienced tiredness, body aches, a headache, and was a little bit feverish.
"I didn't think too much of it," Schneider, from Seattle, told CNN. "I thought maybe I was just a little tired." So, she went home early that day and slept to shake off the cold-like symptoms. However, when she woke up she was in a worse state. She had a 101-degree fever, and "by the time I went to bed, it had soared to 103 degrees," Schneider said.
Despite that, her advice to everyone is don't panic. "If you are healthy, if you are younger, if you take good care of yourself when you're sick, you will recover, I believe. And I'm living proof of that," she told CNN.
It took a while for her to understand that what she had could be coronavirus since she didn't have the typical symptoms. She had no cough, no shortness of breath, or any respiratory symptoms. Later, she wrote about her experience in a Facebook post to create awareness.
At the party, "no one was coughing, sneezing or otherwise displaying any symptoms of illness. It appears that 40% of the attendees of this party ended up sick." She added that the symptoms vary on age and there might be no way of preventing the infection except to avoid humans.
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"Most of my friends who got it were in their late 40s to early 50s. I’m in my mid-30s. For us it was headache, fever (for first 3 days consistently and then on and off after 3 days), severe body aches and joint pain, and severe fatigue," she said.
"I felt nauseous one day. Once the fever is gone some were left with nasal congestion, sore throat. Only a very few of us had a mild itchy cough. Very few had chest tightness or other respiratory symptoms. Total duration of illness was 10-16 days," she added. She also said that without a cough or trouble breathing, many of her friends were refused testing but she got herself tested through the Seattle Flu Study, a research study in Seattle.
On March 9, it had been 13 days since her symptoms started and more than 72 hours since the fever subsided. She didn't go to a doctor and recovered on her own and wasn't hospitalized. "I also truly believe the lack of testing is leading to folks believing that they just have a cold or something else going out into public and spreading it. And worse folks with no symptoms are also spreading it as in the case of a person attending a party or social gathering who has no symptoms," she added.
Seattle has been severely impacted by the infection and her story shows how crucial social distancing is, in these times. Seattle has become a "ghost town," Dr. Paulen, a 37-year-old gynecologist, told the Washington Post. As of March 20, Washington had more than 1524 confirmed cases of Covid-19, according to John Hopkins.
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