26-Year-Old Coronavirus Patient Reveals She ‘Couldn’t Speak, Walk or Eat’

March 25, 2020

A 26-year-old woman has opened up about her alarming experience after contracting coronavirus.

Fiona Lowenstein initially thought she could ride out the illness at home upon first experiencing symptoms, but wound up being hospitalized after she had trouble speaking and walking.

Lowenstein, who doesn’t have any prior autoimmune or respiratory conditions, said she first came down with a fever on Friday, March 13th.

“The fever persisted through the next day when I started to experience a cough,” the millennial told CNN.

Over the weekend, she began to slowly feel better and thought the worst was now in the past.

“I started planning to take a shower on Monday, get back to some of my household tasks,” she said.

But on Sunday evening things took a dramatic turn as she began to experience chills, vomiting and shortness of breath.

“It exacerbated throughout Monday to the point where I had to go to the ER because I couldn’t speak, couldn’t walk, couldn’t eat,” Lowenstein added.

She was admitted into a New York hospital, given oxygen and eventually tested positive for COVID-19.

Lowenstein wound up spending two days in the hospital and has since been released, but remains in isolation.

“I’m feeling better every day but there are some lingering symptoms so it will probably be a while before I’m back up to my normal self,” she said.

She also wants to make sure young people realize her situation wasn’t an isolated case.

“After I was admitted, I was told that there was a 30-year-old in the next room who was also otherwise healthy, but who had also experienced serious trouble breathing,” she told the New York Times.  

“The hospital staff told me that more and more patients my age were showing up at the E.R.”

Lowenstein’s account appears to echo a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which revealed younger adults are at risk of becoming very sick from COVID-19.

While Americans aged 80 and older have a higher risk of dying from the virus, a significant portion of those hospitalized for the illness were younger, the study found.

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