U.S. Survivors of Coronavirus Pandemic Share Symptoms of the Illness

From a woman whose symptoms started with a fever, to a man who said he was an inch from death, coronavirus survivors have begun speaking out about the worldwide pandemic.

There are now more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Many of those patients have begun recovering from the disease.

ELIZABETH SCHNEIDER

A Seattle woman in her mid 30s, Schneider initially began feeling symptoms after attending a party, she wrote on Facebook. She had a headache, fever, severe body aches and joint pain and severe fatigue, she wrote.

“I had a fever that spiked the first night to 103 degrees and eventually came down to 100 and then low grade 99.5,” she said.

Her fever subsided around March 6 — 10 days after she began feeling symptoms, she wrote. She said she did not go to the hospital because she was recovering on her own.

Schneider is no longer isolating herself after surpassing the seven-day guideline recommended by her local King County Public Health Department.

“However I am avoiding strenuous activity and large crowds and I will obviously will not come near you if I see you in public,” she said.

MARC THIBAULT

A vice principal at Saint Raphael Academy in Rhode Island, Thibault was diagnosed with COVID-19 after leading a school field trip to Italy, France and Spain, according to WJAR.

He told The Wall Street Journal that while he used hand sanitizer often during the trip last month, he shared a microphone with a man who was becoming ill. On Feb. 27 — five days after he returned home — he was admitted to the hospital.

The illness hit him “like a hurricane” and he struggled with feeling like he was choking, he told the Journal.

“You feel like you’re asphyxiating, and you’re panicking because you can’t breathe,” he said.

Thibault added to the newspaper that he was “one inch from death.”

The vice principal remains in intensive care, but he has made “tremendous improvements,” school principal Dan Richard told WJAR.

“He is starting to show signs of his old self,” Richard said.

JERRI JORGENSEN

Jorgensen said on Fox News she felt no symptoms when she was diagnosed with COVID-19 while on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan. She said she hadn’t been sick in 30 years, but she took the news in stride.

“I never felt any fear. I was well taken care of,” Jorgensen told Fox News. “Nobody spoke English. None of the doctors or nurses spoke English. It was all Google Translate. It was interesting. We got really good at charades.”

Now back in Utah and recovering, Jorgensen said she is “laying low” after receiving threats back home.

“I don’t think anyone’s going to say, ‘I’m going to come to your house and slit your throat,’ but they are saying, ‘stay away, you better not ever be around me or my family or I will hurt you,” Jorgensen told St. George News.

She told the publication that doctors told her she poses no threat to anyone now that she has recovered from the disease. Her husband, who also was infected with the coronavirus, is quarantined in Utah.

Others are still battling the virus and are sharing stories of their bouts with COVID-19.

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SOURCE: The Sacramento Bee, Mike Stunson