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'I was in denial': US woman's eye-opening coronavirus experience

'I was in denial': US woman's eye-opening coronavirus experience
A 26-year-old US woman has shared her frightening experience after contracting coronavirus, following a dramatic escalation of symptoms that left her hospitalised and requiring oxygen.
New York City woman Fiona Lowenstein told CNN she had no underlying symptoms that made her more vulnerable to COVID-19, so when she started having a fever, she decided to quarantine herself at home to be safe and ride out the illness.
"The fever persisted through the next day when I started to experience a cough," Ms Lowenstein said.
"The fever continued and by Sunday I started feeling better."
Fiona Lowenstein speaks to CNN about her coronavirus experience (CNN)

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In less than two days she was seemingly on the mend.
"I started planning to take a shower on Monday, get back to some of my household tasks," Ms Lowenstein said.
However her condition suddenly became much more severe.
She began to suffer shivers, vomiting and had difficulty breathing.
"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," she said.
"The breath was just too difficult."
Ms Lowenstein spent two nights in hospital being treated and was put on oxygen to assist her to breathe.
She admitted that she never believed it would affect her like it did and said it should serve as a warning to other young people about how quickly coronavirus symptoms can escalate.
"I'm feeling better every day but there are some lingering symptoms and it will probably be a while before I'm back up to my normal self," she said, having been sent home in a more stable condition.
"I was told when I was admitted that there was a 30-year-old in the next room and that they had increasingly been seeing younger patients.
"I definitely was in denial about how serious it could get."
Fiona Lowenstein speaks to CNN about her coronavirus experience (CNN)
Ms Lowenstein has been told to remain isolated until she tests negative.