Wuhan Coronavirus: One Woman’s Story of Survival

by AmericasKeepersAdmin on March 14, 2020

In the midst of chaos from the Coronavirus, one woman shares her story of hope about her experience with the illness.

Elizabeth Schneider is 37 years old and lives in Washington State. She contracted the virus several weeks ago at a party that she had attended with friends.

“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,” 
– Elizabeth Schneider

Schneider had a relatively mild experience with the illness which is actually more common than most people would think. Approximately 80% of the people who get infected with Coronavirus have a mild experience and are able to recover in their home by simply resting and taking over the counter cold medicine.

On February 25 Schneider woke up feeling tired, but that was nothing unusual for her as she got ready to go to work. Around noon she noticed she was getting a headache. She also felt feverish and was experiencing body aches. A that point she decided to go home from work.


She went home and slept and at some point in the night her fever spiked at 103

“And, at that point, I started to shiver uncontrollably, and I was getting the chills and getting tingling in my extremities, so that was a little concerning,” 
– Elizabeth Schneider

Despite having had the flu shot, Schneider thought she had contracted a different strain of the flu. She went to see her doctor who told her to go home, rest and drink plenty of fluids.

Since she didn’t have the classic symptoms of coronavirus such as a cough and shortness of breath she didn’t think she had contacted the illness

Later on she saw a post from a friend on social media saying that others at the party had developed similar symptoms and all of them also tested negative for the flu.

Schneider decided to enroll in a research program called the Seattle Flu Study in an attempt to figure out what she had.

On March 7 she got the call informing her that she did in fact have the Coronavirus. By that point she was already feeling much better and was told to stay home for at least 7 days since the onset of symptoms or for 72 hours since symptoms have stopped

Slowly Schneider is reintegrating back into her life and is mindful to avoid large gatherings and she continues to work from home.

“If you think you have it, you probably do,” said Schneider. “If your symptoms aren’t life-threatening, simply stay at home, medicate with over-the-counter medicines, drink lots of water, get a lot of rest and check out the shows you want to binge-watch.”
– Elizabeth Schneider

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