A 22-year-old who tested positive for coronavirus is sharing her symptoms

Day by day it gradually developed.

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There have been hundreds of thousands of cases of the dreaded coronavirus globally, and although that feels like a scary number (which is certain to rise), relatively only a small proportion of people have actually experienced it so far.

But if you’re wondering what getting coronavirus is really like, you might want to take a look at this Twitter thread by a 22-year-old woman in America who has been struck down by the contagious COVID-19 bug recently.

It’s worth bearing in mind that coronavirus can manifest itself differently in different people – some may get severe symptoms, while others can be completely asymptotic. But in the interests of raising awareness, and ‘to relieve any stress/anxiety some may have’ about the pandemic, California-based Bjonda Haliti decided to share what she experienced.

The symptoms began, explained Bjonda, just like you’ve heard on the news. With a ‘dry cough’. Which, just in case you weren’t sure, the NHS describes as ‘tickly and doesn’t produce any phlegm (thick mucus)’.

The ‘mild’ dry cough came accompanied by a ‘slightly sore throat’, as well as some tiredness, the young woman shared. The following day it progressed to a headache and sore eyes, then a fever, and eventually – on day four – shortness of breath.

While some people might get far more serious symptoms than Bjonda did, her reassurance that the virus was only around a ‘4 out of 10’ in terms of pain will be a comfort to many.

But the most important thing remains to follow the advice of the government during this pandemic time; if you or someone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms (a cough, a fever) isolate for 14 days. If you don’t have symptoms, avoid going out as much as possible and exercise social distancing. If you’re in a vulnerable group (over the age of 70, younger people with chronic illness, pregnant women) definitely avoid going out as much as possible.

The sooner we all start pulling together like this, the sooner it will pass.

This post originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com.

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