Elizabeth Schneider, 37, believes she contracted the virus at a home celebration as a result of a couple of days later, a number of buddies who had been on the celebration turned in poor health on the identical time she did.
Three days after the February 22 celebration, Schneider says, she was at work when she began feeling unwell.
She was “feeling drained, physique aches, getting a headache, feeling a bit bit feverish,” so she determined to go dwelling, Schneider instructed CNN’s Erin Burnett.
She wakened from a nap with a 101 diploma fever, and “by the point I went to mattress, it had soared to 103 levels,” Schneider mentioned.
Schneider mentioned she thought she had a nasty flu. It did not happen to her that it may very well be the coronavirus as a result of the signs did not match — she did not have a cough, no shortness of breath, no respiratory signs in any respect.
The “aha” second did not come till she discovered that a couple of dozen buddies who’d been to the identical celebration acquired sick “at the very same day, roughly across the identical time within the night, with very related signs.”
The Seattle space is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak within the US. Of the 1,635 circumstances reported within the nation because the Covid-19 first appeared in January, 457 of them are in Washington, together with 41 deaths.
Nonetheless, Schneider and her buddies weren’t examined for the coronavirus, she mentioned. Their medical doctors thought that they had the flu, however the flu checks had been unfavorable.
“At this level, we had been all getting a bit pissed off that they weren’t allowed to be examined for coronavirus, or the physician wasn’t even suggesting” they be examined for it, Schneider mentioned.
So, one among her buddies instructed her a couple of Seattle flu research. Individuals join on-line and ship in a nasal swab from a package that is a part of the research. Lately, she mentioned, they began testing for coronavirus, too, and “that is how I in the end discovered.”
Schneider mentioned she recovered after staying dwelling, resting and taking over-the-counter drugs.
“I feel the large takeaway I need to inform everyone seems to be: Please do not panic,” Schneider mentioned. “In case you are wholesome, if you’re youthful, in case you take excellent care of your self if you’re sick, you’ll get well, I imagine. And I am dwelling proof of that.”
Schneider, although, had age and in any other case good well being on her facet. For the aged or folks with underlying well being situations, similar to coronary heart illness or diabetes, Covid-19 might be — and has been — lethal, well being officers say.
“The grim actuality is that, for the aged, Covid-19 is sort of an ideal killing machine,” American Well being Care Affiliation President Mark Parkinson instructed CNN this week.
Some states are proscribing visits to nursing houses and assisted dwelling services in an effort to stem the unfold of the illness to that susceptible inhabitants. Nursing houses in Washington state, for instance, have been instructed to restrict guests as coronavirus circumstances unfold throughout 11 services within the state.