OKLAHOMA CITY (NewsNation) – A 19-year-old who recovered from the coronavirus is now hoping to help others identify the symptoms.
Maria Esparza told News Nation affilate KFOR she may have gotten the virus at the gym or while she was shopping. She said the first couple signs did not even point to COVID-19. She had body aches and nausea and thought it was from working out or a stomach bug.
“For the first few days, my energy was just so low. I couldn’t even get out of bed,” she said.
However, the exhaustion did not let up.
“I could talk for five minutes and I just knocked out and slept for hours, and it was just not normal for me,” she said.
Esparza’s symptoms progressed, turning into vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, headaches, and loss of taste and smell.
That is when she knew it was time for a trip to the emergency room.
“It felt like my walk from my bed to the restroom was just really bad,” she said.
After a two-week battle with the virus, Ezparza tested negative.
And even though she has recovered from the virus, she says she is still feeling the effects.
“I still feel short of breath when I talk too much or do a lot of physical activity,” she said.
She also explained that contracting the virus was not unexpected.
“I was one of those people that was really kind of paranoid,” she said. “I was taking major precautions, even at the gym, I have my mask, my hand sanitizer, I was very cautious, unfortunately, I still got it.”
Esparza is now warning others to take it seriously, no matter what their age.
“Even myself, when I caught it, I was like, ‘Okay, I’m young, I’m going to be fine, this is probably the worst it’ll get,’ and it actually got worse as I was progressing into the illness,” she said.
She also encourages people to trust their gut instinct, to isolate and get tested if you think something feels off.
“You never know who you might spread it to that can actually die from it,” she said.
According to Johns Hopkins University, there are nearly 5,500,000 confirmed cases and 170,000 deaths due to COVID-19 in the United States,