There are a lot of unanswered questions about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including how dangerous it really is? Some say the disease is particularly dangerous for the elderly, the young and those with compromised immune systems.
But most people do recover. According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, which is carefully tracking the outbreak, more than 75,000 diagnosed patients have recovered.
Bjonda Haliti from California is one of them.
Posting on her twitter handle, Haliti explained how it all started until she was tested positive.
“I’m 22 years old and I tested positive for COVID-19.
“I’ve been debating on posting, but I want to share my experience especially with those around my age to help bring awareness, and to relieve any stress/anxiety some may have due to the pandemic.
“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 the 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, “she said.
She added that “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.
“At this point I wanted to test for corona like I should have been in the first place, but It was very difficult to get tested for it!!! I continued to self-quarantine and hydrate hydrate HYDRATE!
“Day 5: Symptoms: sore throat, cough, shortness of breath. I went to the same doctor and I was very adamant about getting tested. 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!.”
According to Haliti, she doesn’t know how she contracted COVID-19 but she suspects that she was exposed to it at the bar.
“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 myself 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 who’s willing to retest me. Haven’t had any luck so far.
“I just want to let everyone know that I have been self-isolating at HOME as recommended by my doctor. Here’s a picture of the liquids I’ve been taking to stay hydrated! I can’t stress enough how important it is to HYDRATE! Water is most important!
“Everyone is asking how I contracted COVID-19. I don’t know. But I did go out on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and my cough started on Sunday. I believe I was exposed to it at the bar/club one of those days. That’s my guess,” she said.