20-Year-Old Woman Who Contracted Coronavirus in Italy Experienced ‘Very Different’ Symptoms from What Experts Previously Reported

Julie Buscaglia

A 20-year-old American woman who tested positive for the novel coronavirus said she suffered symptoms that hadn’t previously been associated with the infection, including hearing loss.

Julia Buscaglia — who was staying in Italy when she first started showing symptoms — decided to share her story in a now-viral Twitter thread because “others are reporting very different experiences than mine,” she wrote.

“I guess why I’m telling you all of this is because what they are telling you are symptoms are not ALL symptoms,” she added. “And you do NOT have to have the symptoms to be positive. The only symptom I had that was similar was a fever.”

Signature symptoms of the illness typically appear two to 14 days after exposure and can include a dry cough, fever and shortness of breath, according to the CDC.

Buscaglia said she first felt sick on Feb. 29 — but said the only matching symptom was her fever.

“I woke up this day in agony,” Buscaglia wrote. “My head was pounding, my ears throbbing, and it felt as if my throat was on fire. My body ached, I had chills, and I had a fever of 100.2. I took over the counter anti-inflammatories and stayed in bed the entire day.”

On March 1, she said, she woke up feeling better but decided to see a doctor because of the escalating coronavirus concerns in Italy. The doctor said she simply had a cold — but then she began to lose hearing in her left ear, despite having no cough, she wrote.

The next day, “hearing in both ears was significantly less,” and she said she could feel phlegm in the back of her throat, but simply brushed it off as a cold symptom.

“As Italy was starting to become a place of concern, our program urged us to return home,” she wrote.

Her condition worsened on her last full day in Italy.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Amanda Woods

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