//Seattle girl contaminated with coronavirus says don’t panic when recounting battle with lethal sickness

Seattle girl contaminated with coronavirus says don’t panic when recounting battle with lethal sickness

A girl in Seattle, Wash., who was contaminated with the novel coronavirus however recovered, is talking out, advising her fellow People to keep away from panicking over the sickness that has now contaminated greater than 1,700 individuals within the U.S. alone.

Elizabeth Schneider, 37, instructed the worldwide information company Agence France-Presse that she had a light case of COVID-19, including she hopes publicly sharing her story will “give people a little bit of hope” as worry spreads seemingly quicker than the novel virus itself.


Schneider stated she first started experiencing signs of the coronavirus – usually reported to incorporate fever, cough and shortness of breath – on Feb. 25, about three days after attending a celebration the place she would later be taught she possible contracted the sickness.

The lady, who has a Ph.D. in bioengineering, seen the “flu-like symptoms” when she returned to work at a biotechnology firm, saying she felt drained “but it was nothing more than what you normally feel when you have to get up and go to work.”

Elizabeth Schneider poses at her house in Seattle, Wash., on March 11, 2020.

Elizabeth Schneider poses at her home in Seattle, Wash., on March 11, 2020.
(Photograph by DAVID ALBRIGHT/AFP by way of Getty Photographs)

Later that day, nevertheless, her signs intensified; Schneider stated she developed a headache, fever and physique aches. She selected to go house, the place she took a nap and later woke with a fever that peaked at 103 levels Fahrenheit.

She then started to “shiver uncontrollably,” including she skilled chills and “tingling in [her] extremities,” which she referred to as “a little concerning.”

Schneider stated she handled her signs with over-the-counter chilly and flu remedy. Her fever subsided a number of days later.

Initially, as a result of she didn’t develop a cough or undergo from shortness of breath, Schneider was positive it wasn’t the novel coronavirus, which has hit Seattle exhausting. Most of the circumstances in Washington state — which has seen a whole lot of circumstances and greater than 20 deaths so far —  concerned sufferers who’re residents of the Life Care Middle in Kirkland, which skilled an outbreak.

Relatively, she assumed it was the flu — regardless of having acquired this yr’s flu shot. However days later, she noticed a Fb publish that stated a number of individuals who attended the identical get together have been additionally sickened. Most of the individuals who have been experiencing comparable signs as Schneider reportedly went to their respective medical doctors, who didn’t take a look at for coronavirus on the time as a result of they weren’t experiencing the required signs to take action — particularly shortness of breath and a cough. (It’s value noting that anybody displaying signs of the coronavirus can now be examined for the novel virus if a doctor agrees, federal well being officers introduced final week in expanded tips for coronavirus testing.)


Schneider then determined to enroll in a analysis program referred to as the Seattle Flu Examine, the place she could possibly be examined for the novel virus. Outcomes from a nasal swab later confirmed her prognosis.

“I lastly acquired a telephone name from one of many analysis coordinators on Saturday (March 7), telling me that ‘You’ve gotten examined constructive for COVID-19,'” she stated, noting her mom cried when she knowledgeable her.

“I used to be a bit of bit pleasantly shocked as a result of I assumed it was a bit of bit cool,” she stated. “Granted, I most likely wouldn’t have felt that approach if I used to be severely unwell. However from a scientific curiosity perspective, I assumed it was very attention-grabbing. And likewise the truth that I lastly acquired affirmation that that is what I had.”

By the point she was confirmed to have the virus, Schneider stated she was feeling higher — however was requested by native well being officers to remain house for a minimum of 72 hours after her signs subsided.

“The message is do not panic,” Schneider instructed AFP. “For those who assume that you’ve it, you most likely do; it is best to most likely get examined.”


“In case your signs aren’t life-threatening, merely keep at house, medicate with over-the-counter medicines, drink numerous water, get a variety of relaxation and take a look at the exhibits you need to binge-watch,” she stated, including it’s essential to remain house if you’re sick for the well being of others.

“Clearly, it is not one thing to be fully nonchalant about, as a result of there are lots of people who’re aged or have underlying well being situations,” she stated. “That implies that we have to be further vigilant about staying house, isolating ourselves from others.”