Woman with coronavirus explains what it’s really like to have disease

A woman with coronavirus has explained what it's like to have the deadly virus.

Elizabeth Schneider, 37, caught the disease at a house party hosted by a friend but didn't realise how serious it was at the time.

Now the patient from Seattle, in the US state of Washington, has issued a chilling warning about what it really feels like.

She said that nobody at the small gathering she attended was coughing or showing any other signs of the COVID-19 virus.

But within just three days, almost half of the party guests were sick, all suffering from symptoms of the disease, including a high fever.

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Writing on Facebook, Elizabeth said: "The symptoms appear to be different depending on your constitution and/or age.

"Most of my friends who got it were in their late 40s to early 50s. I'm in my mid-30s.

"For us, it was a headache, fever (for first three days consistently and then on and off after three days), severe body aches and joint pain, and severe fatigue.

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"I had a fever that spiked the first night to 103 degrees and eventually came down to 100 and then low grade 99.5.

"Some folks had diarrhoea. I felt nauseous one day. Once the fever is gone some were left with nasal congestion, sore throat.

"Only a very few us had a mild itchy cough. Very few had chest tightness or other respiratory symptoms."

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All of the guests' symptoms lasted around a fortnight, but none of them were hospitalised.

But despite their symptoms, Elizabeth said many of the group had difficulties getting tested.

She has now completed her self-isolation period and the symptoms have cleared up.

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Even so, Elizabeth said she is being very careful.

"I have surpassed both deadlines so I am no longer isolating myself however I am avoiding strenuous activity and large crowds and I obviously will not come near you if I see you in public."

Now she has issued a warning as the virus continues to spread around the world.

"Handwashing doesn't guarantee you won't get sick, especially when folks without symptoms are contagious and could be standing right next to you in any given social situation," she explained.

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"You more likely than not will not die, but do you want to risk spreading it to a loved one over 60 or someone with an immunity issue? Stay healthy folks!

"I also truly believe the lack of testing is leading to folks believing that they just have a cold or something else going out in public and spreading it.

"And worse folks with no symptoms are also spreading it as in the case of a person attending a party or social gathering who has no symptoms."

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