Elizabeth Schneider, 37, lives in Seattle, Washington, she contracted the coronavirus and has recovered. Schneider has spoken with the press and she wants to pass along some information to “give people a little bit of hope.”
Schneider said that she first experienced symptoms on February 25th, three days after attending a party where she later learned she contracted the illness.
Elizabeth has a Ph.D. in bioengineering, noticed she had “flu-like symptoms” but went to work at a biotechnology company, she said she felt drowsy “but it was nothing more than what you normally feel when you have to get up and go to work.”
Later that day, her symptoms intensified; Schneider said she developed a fever, headache, and body aches. After she got home and took a nap her fever spiked to 103 degrees Fahrenheit.
Schneider said that she began to “shiver uncontrollably and had a tingling in her extremities.”
She treated her symptoms with over-the-counter cold and flu medication and a few days later her fever broke.
In the beginning, because she didn’t suffer a cough or shortness of breath Schneider stayed home and didn’t believe she had the coronavirus, which has hit the Seattle area hard.
However, after she found out that a lot of the people that attended the party we went to were sick she went and got tested.
“I finally got a phone call from one of the research coordinators on Saturday (March 7), telling me that ‘You have tested positive for COVID-19,'” she said.
“I was a little bit pleasantly surprised because I thought it was a little bit cool,” she said. “Granted, I probably would not have felt that way if I was severely ill. But from a scientific curiosity perspective, I thought it was very interesting. And also the fact that I finally got confirmation that that’s what I had.”
By the time she learned she had the Wuhan virus, she said that she was feeling better but local health officials asked her to stay home at least another 72 hours.
Here’s her advice:
“The message is don’t panic,” Schneider told AFP. “If you think that you have it, you probably do; you should probably get tested.”
“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,” she said, adding it’s important to stay home if you are sick for the health of others.
“Obviously, it’s not something to be completely nonchalant about, because there are a lot of people who are elderly or have underlying health conditions,” she said. “That means that we need to be extra vigilant about staying home, isolating ourselves from others.”
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