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A Covid-19 Seattle Survival Story

On March 8, my daughter emailed me and shared a FB story from a friend who reported she had Covid-19. At the time I respected her anonymity. That said, I strongly suggested that she ask her to go public with her story. She decided she would tell her unique story. Since then it has gone viral.

Elizabeth's story puts a face to this virus. She presented with mostly atypical symptoms. Fortunately she had a good outcome. Her story brings to light just how contagious this virus is and what to do if confronted with it. Kudos to her for sharing.

Edited to add This is the link to the CNN story per vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user87970289/review/397322123/e99e9baaf5?fbclid=IwAR3wVJEfYkjDuPaC27_T23_sLr-71CRfAPqLZhqWBYy51wk9qt3VIxBu7wk

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Thanks for sharing this reassuring and encouraging story.

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Lulu,
Thanks for adding the CNN information. Originally I did not have the link to Elizabeth's story. I have added the link.

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Thank you Janis! I saw the end of that interview on CNN but it was good to see the beginning where she talks about her symptoms (especially not having the cough) and also that the group of them started feeling ill at about the same time.

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This is literally the top story in my Google browser on my iPhone this evening.

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Since my initial posting of this survival story, Elizabeth Schneider continues to share her story. She is now channeling positive energy through United Way to help others in our community who are impacted by the virus. See updated story king5.com and www.komonews.com It's been a trickle down effect in Seattle. Currently schools are closing for 6 weeks, businesses are closing. We are the epicenter of the virus. We are way behind in testing. Hopeful this will change.

As I have reported previously I am a healthcare provider. I currently work as a contractor in wellness & preventative medicine. I have worked decades and have never seen anything like this. It's different. It knows no boundaries. Every case is unique. People may be asymptomatic and are spreading the virus. My jobs are being cancelled to help contain this virulent virus. This is a long term process.

I echo the sentiments of our own DOH. This is all about compassion. We are all in this together.

Stay vigilant.

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I am following up on the original story from 3/12/20. The subject of this story is evolving. UW Medicine has partnered with Bloodworks Northwest researchers to investigate potential new therapy: plasma-derived medicine. Elizabeth Schneider has become the first plasma donor in this study.

Thank you Elizabeth for sharing your story and making a difference in the effort to save lives.

[https://komonews.com/amp/news/local/first-covid-19-plasma-donor-rolls-up-sleeves-for-research?fbclid=IwAR1dBBuDr3S-fjo9LF5oNe4sFvobnUWrE8mhSIdvCeqAoB5dpHbT7y6MwNw][1]

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Very nice to see this, especially cool as a local story. Thanks for the update.

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Oh, that is wonderful! Thanks for the update.

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Thanks Janis-I feel the most compelling point here is that at a party in someone's home, around a dozen people were all infected on the same day. We keep hearing stories like this, like the fifteen American skiers who were in Italy-the human to human transmission is so very strong. I really hope that people around the Country can work harder to learn about Covid and get on the same page instead of all the chatter about 'opening up the economy'-super important, yes, though I rate longevity a bit higher.

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Dave, so true about human to human transmission. From the very beginning the CDC, Dr. Fauci and other experts emphasized how virulent this virus is. Those of us who live in WA State realized this early on. We saw the first case here. Social distancing was initiated early. This saved a lot of lives. In the meantime I will assume "everyone has the virus." We are learning everyday. We are still in the early stages of this crisis. Moving forward the need for widespread testing (even multiple times), the need for adequate PPE, and accurate scientific information. Both Dr. Fauci and Governor Cuomo agree that "We are not there yet for opening the country." I understand. I am also concerned for public health issues in the future. One thing that comes to mind is people coming to work when ill. It's a long way before a vaccine will be available. What about immunity of those who had the virus? There is uncertainty. We will be making adjustments in the "new normal."

Kudos to all the Governors who are standing together and would rely on a similar approach in consideration to reopening their economies and containing the virus's spread.

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The virus is terrible. It is not the Black Death. There is a lot of hysteria around it. For those under 60 without comorbidities (obesity, diabetes, CHD), death rate is 1%. It's important to remember stories like this. Boris Johnson survived. Tom Hanks survived. Some will die, which is sad. But most will not.

Stay safe and don't get into a panic.

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Yes, thank God for Governors! I wish a few more would come on board.