Relax and watch the programs you love – a healthy life
A US citizen recovering from the emerging coronavirus (Covid-19) has called on people worried about the epidemic not to panic, but to think about people most at risk from complications from the virus and stay home when infected.
Elizabeth Schneider lives in Seattle, Washington, which has the largest number of deaths in the United States as a result of the virus sweeping the world.
The 37-year-old, who has a PhD in bioengineering, said she was publishing her story “to give people a little hope” by telling them about her experience of a relatively minor infection with the virus, which she had personally treated at home.
But she added, “Of course, you should not tolerate it at all, because there are many elderly people or those suffering from health conditions.”
And she said that “means that we have to be very careful, stay home and isolate ourselves from others.”
According to Chinese data, the US health authorities stated that 80% of the cases were minor, while the remaining serious cases that required hospitalization of patients particularly affected those over the age of sixty, and those suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart and lung diseases.
Schneider first felt flu-like symptoms on February 25, three days after she participated in a party that was later identified as the place where at least five other people were infected with the virus.
“When I got up in the morning, I felt tired, but it wasn’t more tired than you usually feel when you have to get up and head to work,” she said.
But at midday, she started feeling headache, fever, and aches in her body, and decided to leave her office at a biotechnology company where she works as a marketing manager, and she returns home.
When she woke up from a short nap, she found that she was suffering from a rise in her body temperature, reaching 39.4 degrees Celsius. And she said, “At that point, I started trembling involuntarily, and I had chills and numbness in my limbs, so I felt anxious.”
Schneider started taking influenza drugs that did not require a prescription to treat the symptoms, and called a friend to be alert in case she needed to be transferred to the emergency department, but the fever began to decrease in the following days.
Schneider followed the news about the emerging corona virus, and detected the first case in the United States in Washington state in late January.
She said that since she was not suffering from the most common symptoms of the virus, which is coughing and difficulty breathing, I thought she did not have the Corona virus.
She had received an influenza vaccine, but she believed that she had been infected with another type of influenza virus that is not covered by the vaccine. She also believed that her visit to the doctor would only lead to asking her to go home, rest and drink plenty of fluids.
A pleasant surprise
However, a few days later, I discovered, through a friend’s post on Facebook, that many of the people who participated in the party showed the same symptoms, so he began to doubt them.
Many of them went to the doctor and proved not to have the flu, but doctors did not offer them to check for the Coronavirus because they had no cough or shortness of breath.
Schneider suggested that the doctors would refuse to do the examination, and therefore decided to enroll in a research program called “Study of Influenza in Seattle” in the hope of finding an answer, and the research team sent her tools to take a sample from the nose, and after sending the sample, she waited days to find out the result.
“I finally received a phone call from the research team Saturday (March 7) informing me that my examination result for a 19-Covid positive is positive,” she said. I felt a little pleased with the result because I thought it was exciting, even though my mother cried when I learned about it. ”
“Of course, I would not have been pleased if the disease was severe, but from the point of view of scientific curiosity, I thought it was very exciting, and I was also pleased because I got confirmation that what hit me was the virus.”
She received the result as the symptoms decreased, and she was told by local health authorities to stay at home for at least seven days after symptoms began or 72 hours after they decreased.
Now a week has passed since Schneider has recovered, and she has started going out to satisfy her needs, but she still avoids large gatherings and continues to work from home.
She said she hopes her experience – which is likely to be the experience of the vast majority of patients – will give comfort to others.
“The message is: Do not be alarmed … if you think you have the disease, you will probably have it, and you should do the examination,” she added.
“If the symptoms you are experiencing do not threaten your life, stay at home and treat yourself with over-the-counter medicines, drink plenty of water, get plenty of rest, and watch the programs you love.”