Women Who Have Had Wuhan Virus Share Message for Us: 'Don't Panic,' Hysteria 'Out of Control'

Empty shelves for disinfectant wipes wait for restocking, as concerns grow around COVID-19, Tuesday March 3, 2020, in New York. A man from New York City’s suburbs was hospitalized in serious condition with COVID-19 on Tuesday, a case that prompted school closings and quarantines for congregants of a now-shuttered synagogue. The state’s second confirmed case also raised the possibility that the virus is spreading locally. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Seattle woman Elizabeth Schneider describes how she went to a party in late February. About three days later, she began to feel flu-like symptoms.

From The Blaze:

“I woke up and I was feeling tired, but it was nothing more than what you normally feel when you have to get up and go to work, and I had been very busy the previous weekend,” the 37-year-old told AFP in an interview Wednesday.

But by the middle of the day, Schneider told the outlet she had a headache, fever, and body aches — so she went home and took a nap.

When she woke up, Schneider had a high temperature, which peaked at 103 degrees, the AFP said.

“And at that point, I started to shiver uncontrollably, and I was getting the chills and getting tingling in my extremities, so that was a little concerning,” she added to the outlet.

She left work, picked up some some over-the-counter flu medications, alerted a friend that she didn’t feel well in case she needed to go to the hospital. But she began to feel better in a few days.

She later found out other people from the party had gotten ill. She didn’t think she had the Wuhan virus because she wasn’t coughing and didn’t have any shortness of breath, signs doctors have been usually looking for with the virus.

But she signed up for a Seattle flu study and after they tested her, she found out that indeed, that’s what it was. Washington has had a concentration of the virus, the most of any area.

“I was a little bit pleasantly surprised, because I thought it was a little bit cool,” Schneider admitted, laughing, though her mother cried when she told her.

“Granted, I probably would not have felt that way if I was severely ill,” she said. “But from a scientific curiosity perspective, I thought it was very interesting. And also the fact that I finally got confirmation that that’s what I had.”

She was no longer having symptoms, so they just told her to stay home for 72 more hours.

Schneider said she was telling her story she wanted to send a message of hope. “The message is don’t panic.”

Most of the cases are mild like hers. She said probably a lot of people have gotten it but it’s been so mild they haven’t thought anything about it. She said some of the people who are elderly or have underlying conditions who it might affect more had to be more careful and people had to take care to not spread it to them.

“If your symptoms aren’t life-threatening, simply stay at home, medicate with over-the-counter medicines, drink lots of water, get a lot of rest and check out the shows you want to binge-watch.”

67 year old Jerri Jorgensen was one of the Diamond Princess passengers who got the virus when it was in Japan.

The one question she had? Why are people buying all that toilet paper? “All the toilet paper being gone — I don’t get the toilet paper.”

From Fox News:

“My case was I had a slight fever the night before they took me off the cruise ship — very slight, it wasn’t even 100 degrees,” Jorgensen told “Fox & Friends. “Felt a little bit off for about two to three hours and that was my only symptom throughout the whole time — the whole quarantine up to now.”

Although Jorgensen was being treated and monitored by the doctors on the ship, she never had to take any medications while aboard the Diamond Princess.

After she had recovered and been released from quarantine, she went to the gym and was met with a lot of love by her friends there. But the gym management later called her to tell her to stay away to keep senior citizens safe. “I go, ‘I am a senior citizen! Wait, what about me?’” Jorgensen replied. She said at that point she was past quarantine and was testing negative. She said that the hysteria over the virus had “gotten out of control.”