'Don't panic' says US woman who recovered from 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.
Schneider found she had a high temperature, which peaked at 103 degrees Fahrenheit that night (39.4 Celsius).
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."
Learn from listening
- 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