'Don't panic' says US woman who recovered from coronavirus

'Don't panic' says US woman who recovered from coronavirus

Elizabeth Schneider lives in Seattle, the biggest city in Washington state, which has the most death in the US from the novel coronavirus.
Elizabeth Schneider lives in Seattle, the biggest city in Washington state, which has the most death in the US from the novel coronavirus.

SEATTLE - An American woman who has recovered from the novel coronavirus has a simple message for people who are worried: Don't panic.

Elizabeth Schneider, 37, lives in Seattle, which has the most deaths in the United States from the disease.

She first had flu-like symptoms on February 25, three days after going to a party that was later identified as the place where at least five other people also got infected.

"I woke up and I was feeling tired, but it was nothing more than what you normally feel when you have to get up and go to work, and I had been very busy the previous weekend," she told AFP in an interview Wednesday.

By midday, however, she felt a headache coming on, along with a fever and body aches. She decided to leave her office and go home.

Schneider found she had a high temperature, which peaked at 103 degrees Fahrenheit that night (39.4 Celsius).

"And at that point, I started to shiver uncontrollably, and I was getting tingling in my hands and feet," she said.

She took over-the-counter flu medications and the fever began to recede in the coming days.

Because she didn't have the most common symptoms like a cough or shortness of breath, "I thought, okay, well that's definitely why I don't have coronavirus," said Schneider.

A few days later, however, she discovered through a friend's Facebook post that several people from the party had all developed similar symptoms.

She enrolled in a research program called the Seattle Flu Study. The team behind the study sent her a nasal swab kit, which she mailed back and waited several more days.

"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.

By this time, her symptoms had already subsided, and she was told by local health authorities to remain at home for at least seven days.

It's now been a week since she's felt better. 

"The message is don't panic," said Schneider. "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, take 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.

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  • ache: to feel a continuous dull pain - ปวด, เจ็บ
  • binge: (n) a short period of time when you do too much of a particular activity -
  • cough: forcing air up through your throat with a sudden noise, especially when you have a cold - การไอ
  • fever: an abnormally high body temperature - ไข้
  • life-threatening (adj): serious enough to possibly cause death - เป็นอันตรายต่อชีวิต
  • medication: a medicine, or a set of medicines or drugs used to improve a particular condition or illness - ยารักษาโรค
  • over-the-counter: of drugs and medicines that can be bought without a doctor’s prescription (order) - โดยไม่มีใบสั่งยา
  • panic: a sudden strong feeling of fear or worry that causes you to be unable to think clearly or calmly - ความตื่นตกใจ
  • peak (adj): the time when something is at its highest or greatest level - ช่วงเวลาที่หนาแน่น, ช่วงเวลาที่พบมากที่สุด
  • recede: to move back; to move further away into the distance; subside - ลดลง, ถอยหลัง
  • shiver (verb): (of a person) to shake slightly because you are cold, frightened, excited, etc. - สั่น
  • shortness of breath: having difficulty breathing; having difficulty getting enough air into the lungs. -
  • subside: to become weaker, less violent, or less severe - ลดลง
  • swab (noun): an act of taking a sample from somebody's body, with a swab - การเก็บตัวอย่างโดยใช้ฟองน้ำ ผ้า สำลีหรือวัตถุซับอื่น ๆ
  • symptom: a sign that someone has an illness - อาการ
  • tingling (verb): feeling as if a lot of small sharp points are pushing into something; feeling an emotion strongly - รู้สึกเหมือนโดนหนามแหลมแทง

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