‘Don’t Panic’: Woman survives COVID-19, shares her story

  • Elizabeth Schneider, 37, recovered from COVID-19 without any checkup or hospitalization
  • Her early testing confirmed it was COVID-19 and prompted her to take care of herself well at home
  • She tells the public not to panic but instead do what is right to avoid  the virus and admit to early testing if you have symptoms

A 37-year-old woman from Seattle has shared on social media how she was able to deal with her COVID-19 experience and wished to give “good information and peace of mind” to others.

Image via Elizabeth Schneider | Facebook

Three days after attending a small house party, Elizabeth Schneider suddenly didn’t feel well.  Unfortunately,  40% of the guests from the same event felt the same. She found that the symptoms seem to follow a trend based on one’s age.

“Most of my friends who got it were in their late 40s to early 50s. I’m in my mid-30s, “ she said. In her case, she had a headache and fever for three days and on and off after. For 10-16 days, she also felt tired, had joint pains and wanted to vomit one time. When her temperature cooled down, she was left with nasal congestion anda sore throat. She added, “Only a very few of us had a mild itchy cough. Very few had chest tightness or other respiratory symptoms.”

Havng no cough, she did not report for COVID-19 testing but admitted herself to a study that tests for flu. Earlier this March her results came and yes, she was positive for COVID-19. Not feeling severely ill at the time of hearing the news, Elizabeth was a little bit surprised.

She complied with the instructions to stay isolated at home for a while. Elizabeth recovered on her own without getting any checkup nor hospitalization. She just took care of herself by taking over-the-counter medicines, kept herself hydrated and rested well.

Image via Department of Health Philippines | Facebook

Elizabeth said that early testing even at the slightest symptoms is important. “I believe that the overall lack of early and pervasive testing damaged the public’s ability to avoid the illness here in Seattle.” Her place has almost 400 confirmed cases to date.

Her message? Don’t panic.

“I hope this information helps someone avoid getting sick and/or push to get tested sooner rather than later so you know to isolate before it gets worse or to get medical care if you have respiratory distress.”

Based on WHO figures as of February 27,  81% of cases have mild-moderate symptoms while only 14% are considered severe. The fatality rate remains low at 5%.

We hope this can lift our worries a bit.