22-year-old who tested positive for coronavirus is sharing her symptoms
A 22-year-old woman has opened up in a lengthy Twitter thread about some of the symptoms she's experienced living with the coronavirus. California-based Bjonda Haliti shared her experiences after she developed a persistent dry cough.
The next day she had a headache and sore eyes, which progressed to a fever and then shortness of breath, and was sick for around 10 days, and later tested positive for the coronavirus. She quarantined herself, and now feels fine, but wants to spread awareness about the disease.
Discussing her symptoms, Haliti stated: "Day 1: It started with a mild DRY cough and a slightly sore throat. I was very tired that night."
She continued: "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. [sic]"
"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. [sic]"
"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. [sic]"
She finished: "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 whose willing to retest me. Haven’t had any luck so far."
The World Health Organisation has declared COVID-19 pandemic, prompting many people around the world to begin self-isolating in a bid to avoid putting a strain on hospitals.
In a statement, WHO wrote that they had been: "Assessing this outbreak around the clock, and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction. We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic."
At the time of writing, there have now been 244,601 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across 114 countries worldwide, and a total of 10,038 deaths, according to John Hopkins University.