Statistics on coronavirus infections and deaths have proved that the elderly and those with chronic illnesses are the most vulnerable. While they have been over 190,000 cases of infections, a significant number have been reported to have recorded from the virus. A strong immunity seems to be the key to defeating COVID-19, which gives youths a high chance of surviving.
A twenty-two-year-old woman took to social media to share her experience battling the virus after she tested positive. Bjonda Haliti (@baeonda) said that she did go out on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and her cough started on Sunday, saying she might have been exposed to the virus then.
Day 1: It started with a mild DRY cough and a slightly sore throat. I was very tired that night.
Day 2: I felt a lot of pressure in my head to the point I would have to cough softly to avoid the discomfort. That night, I experienced chills and had a fever. One main symptom that stood out to me, my eyes physically hurt. They were tender and sore. Moving them was uncomfortable. Doing some research I discovered this was just a migraine, but it didn’t go away at ALL. I slept all day.
Day 3: Energy levels VERY low, I only slept, and still ran fevers. At this point, my symptoms were: dry cough, migraine, fever, chills, some nausea. I decided to go to the doctors where I tested negative for the flu and strep. The doctor told me I probably just had an infection and prescribed me antibiotics and 800mg of ibuprofen. I made sure to stay extremely hydrated and stocked up on vitamins and probiotics. That night, I still ran a fever.
Day 4: Finally no more fever, but a new symptom showed up: shortness of breath. It was uncomfortable, it felt like I had bricks on my chest. I tried the self diagnose test I read online (hold your breath and count to 10) which I successfully did with no complications.
Day 5: Symptoms: sore throat, cough, shortness of breath. I went to the same doctor and I was very adamant about getting tested. The doctor said my vitals were “unremarkable” but I wasn’t going to take no for an answer! I also requested chest X-rays, everything came out normal. I was advised to continue self-quarantine, and I would receive my results in 5-6 DAYS!!!!!
Day 6: With the continued use of antibiotics and ibuprofen, my symptoms were: sore throat, cough, shortness of breath. My energy levels began to increase.
Day 7: Symptoms: slight sore throat, mild cough, shortness of breath. Energy levels increasing.
Day 8: Symptoms: Mild cough, starting to feel like me again. Energy!
Day 9: Symptoms: My cough was a little heavier, normal energy levels.
Day 10: Symptoms: Mild cough, mucus, normal energy levels. My lab results came in: POSITIVE.I am continuing to self-isolate and take care of myself. Today I am feeling great and healthy! I will need to retest in order to be cleared. That’s if I can find a doctor willing to retest me. Haven’t had any luck so far.
Bjonda has advised the public not to panic if they feel the symptoms, but to take the necessary initiatives and precautions of social distancing and self-quarantine to recover from the virus.