Woman shares reality of battling deadly coronavirus and the day-by-day symptoms

"It started with a mild dry cough and a slightly sore throat."

That's the chilling first entry a 22-year-old woman who has tested positive for coronavirus wrote in a diary of her battle against the illness.

Bjonda Haliti, from California, USA, has penned the diary as a warning to other young people to be aware of the reality of the pandemic as it sweeps across the world.

She says she isn't exactly sure how she contracted the deadly disease, but believes it happened on a night out.

In a post which has now been shared more than 364,000 times, she said: “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.

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.

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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!

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.

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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 whose willing to retest me. Haven’t had any luck so far.

Day 11

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.

Hence the importance of social distancing! This was at the beginning of the month.

For those asking me what it’s like: I have dealt with colds in the past that were worse than this. I rated my pain moderate (4/10) when I went to the doctor. The first 3 days were most difficult.

To answer my most frequently asked questions: I do not vape or smoke. I do not have any underlying health conditions. No asthma. I have my tonsils removed. I was not prescribed any medication after testing positive for COVID19.

Health update: I am feeling well today, normal energy levels. I do have a little bit of sinus pressure and headache, but I am continuing to hydrate as much as possible and overall I am in good health!

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