Elizabeth Schneider was at a house party where nobody had any cold of flu symptoms when she caught coronavirus COVID-19
A woman with coronavirus has explained what it’s really like to be diagnosed and suffer the symptoms of the deadly illness, and has issued a chilling warning to people around the world.
Elizabeth Schneider caught COVID-19 at a house party hosted by her friend, but didn’t know how serious it was to begin with.
Nobody at the small gathering was coughing or showing any signs of illness.
But within three days, 40 per cent of the guests were sick – all suffering with symptoms associated with the virus including a high fever.
Writing on Facebook , Elizabeth, from Seattle, said: “The symptoms appear to be different depending on your constitution and/or age.
“Most of my friends who got it were in their late 40s to early 50s. I’m in my mid 30s.
“For us it was headache, fever (for first 3 days consistently and then on and off after 3 days), severe body aches and joint pain, and severe fatigue.
“I had a fever that spiked the first night to 103 degrees and eventually came down to 100 and then low grade 99.5.
“Some folks had diarrhea. I felt nauseous one day. Once the fever is gone some were left with nasal congestion, sore throat .
“Only a very few of us had a mild itchy cough. Very few had chest tightness or other respiratory symptoms.”
The symptoms lasted between 10 and 16 days for the affected guests, but thankfully none of them were hospitalised.
Despite their symptoms, Elizabeth says many of the group struggled to get tested.
She ended up going through the Seattle Flu Study, and was quickly told she was positive.
She has now completed her self-isolation period and the symptoms have gone but she’s still being very careful.
She said: “I have surpassed both deadlines so I am no longer isolating myself however I am avoiding strenuous activity and large crowds and I obviously will not come near you if I see you in public.”
She now has a warning for people around the world as coronavirus continues to spread.
She said: “Hand washing doesn’t guarantee you won’t get sick, especially when folks without symptoms are contagious and could be standing right next to you in any given social situation.
“You more likely than not will not die, but do you want to risk spreading it to a loved one over 60 or someone with an immunity issue? Stay healthy folks!
“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. And worse folks with no symptoms are also spreading it as in the case of a person attending a party or social gathering who has no symptoms.
“I know some folks are thinking that this can’t/won’t impact them.
“I hope it doesn’t but I believe that the overall lack of early and pervasive testing damaged the public’s ability to avoid the illness here in Seattle.
“All I know is that Seattle has been severely impacted and although I’m better now I would not wish this very uncomfortable illness on anyone.”
Elizabeth’s post in full
I had COVID-19 and here is my story. I made this post public out of several requests from my friends who asked me to share. I hope it gives you some good information and peace of mind!
First how easily you can get it. I believe I caught it when attending a small house party at which no one was coughing, sneezing or otherwise displaying any symptoms of illness. It appears that 40% of the attendees of this party ended up sick.
The media tells you to wash your hands and avoid anyone with symptoms. I did. There is no way to avoid catching this except avoiding all other humans. 40% of folks were all sick within 3 days of attending the party all with the same/similar symptoms including fever.
Second, the symptoms appear to be different depending on your constitution and/or age. Most of my friends who got it were in their late 40s to early 50s.
I’m in my mid 30s. For us it was headache, fever (for first 3 days consistently and then on and off after 3 days), severe body aches and joint pain, and severe fatigue.
I had a fever that spiked the first night to 103 degrees and eventually came down to 100 and then low grade 99.5. Some folks had diarrhea. I felt nauseous one day.
Once the fever is gone some were left with nasal congestion, sore throat . Only a very few of us had a mild itchy cough. Very few had chest tightness or other respiratory symptoms.
Total duration of illness was 10-16 days. The main issue is that without reporting a cough or trouble breathing many of us were refused testing. I got tested through the Seattle Flu Study . This is a RESEARCH study here in Seattle and they have been testing volunteers for strains of the flu to study transmission within the community.