'Don't panic' says US woman who recovered from coronavirus

  • 'Don't panic' says US woman who recovered from coronavirus

'Don't panic' says US woman who recovered from coronavirus

Elizabeth Schneider lives in Seattle, the biggest city of Washington state, which has the most deaths in the United States from the disease sweeping the globe.

She warned that there are many variations of symptoms under a COVID-19 infection and that a person who is infected might not check all of the boxes for classic symptoms. "That means that we need to be extra vigilant about staying home, isolating ourselves from others".

She does, however, acknowledge that it's still something to be taken seriously, especially considering the World Health Organization warnings that older people and people with pre-existing conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart disease are more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.

"I woke up and I was feeling exhausted, but it was nothing more than what you normally feel when you have to get up and go to work, and I had been very busy the previous weekend", the 37-year-old told AFP in an interview Wednesday.

By midday, however, she felt a headache coming on, along with a fever and body aches.

The marketing manager believes she caught the bug at a party.

"At that point, I started to shiver uncontrollably, and I was getting the chills and getting tingling in my extremities, so that was a little concerning", she said. She mailed it back, waited several days and sure enough: COVID-19, positive. There are at least 1,663 confirmed cases in the U.S.as of Friday morning. She didn't have typical coronavirus symptoms of a cough or shortness of breath, so she thought "that's definitely why I don't have coronavirus". Declaring a state of emergency, as more than a dozen states - including New York, New Jersey and MI - have done, gives government officials the authority to take extra measures to protect the public, such as suspending regulations or reallocating funds to mitigate the spread of a disease.

She, however, added that elderly people normally have underlying health conditions and they take more time to recover in case they get infected.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. She said that she didn't even go to the doctor because she was recovering on her own and felt it was just a nasty flu strain different from the ones she has been protected from with the season's flu vaccine.

Schneider continued, "if your symptoms aren't life-threatening, simply stay at home, medicate with over-the-counter medicines, drink lots of water, get a lot of rest and check out the shows you want to binge-watch". I got tested through the Seattle Flu Study.

"So, a group of us who got sick from the party, we all submitted nasal swab sample and.a week ago today, I got a call from the flu study saying my sample had tested positive".

"I was a little bit pleasantly surprised, because I thought it was a little bit cool..."

Schneider also added "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". Local health authorities told her to stay at home for at least seven days after the onset of symptoms or up to 72 days after they stopped.

Meanwhile, Schneider, who has been feeling better for the past week, has started venturing out on errands.

Elizabeth Schneider hopes her story, which she documented in a Facebook post , will bring peace of mind to others.

Schneider revealed how she first began experiencing flulike symptoms on February 25.

She said she shared her post in the hope that it "helps someone avoid getting sick and/or push to get tested sooner rather than later so you know to isolate before it gets worse or to get medical care if you have respiratory distress".