I reported on the coronavirus for 3 months then I got it. Here’s what my battle with COVID-19 has been like.
- I’ve been reporting on the coronavirus pandemic for Business Insider since early January.
- Two weeks ago, I started feeling mild symptoms: body aches and chills. A week later, I had trouble finishing a sentence without gasping for air.
- Two doctors told me I had COVID-19, but my case wasn’t severe enough to test or to admit me to the hospital. I’ve been waiting it out at home.
- I had prepared all along for this possibility, but it seems my local and federal officials hadn’t.
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If I’ve learned one thing from covering the coronavirus pandemic for nearly three months, it’s to prepare for the worst. When New York state announced its first case on March 1, I immediately purchased two weeks’ worth of toilet paper, disinfectant wipes, food, and coffee. I ordered a 30-day supply of essential medications.
For the next two weeks, I fielded my friends’ frantic questions about whether they should continue to go to workout classes (probably not) or if it was safe to take a walk outside (yes, but stay 6 feet from others).
When New York City ordered the closure of bars, restaurants, and schools on March 15, I …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]