'It manifested very differently': Woman with coronavirus couldn't speak or walk

A young woman who contracted coronavirus said she couldn’t speak or walk after falling ill.

Fiona Lowenstein, 26, from New York City, told CNN she came down with a fever on March 13, which turned into a cough the following day.

“This started for me with a headache, for others with a sore throat, nausea, or runny nose,” she wrote on Instagram. 

“It doesn’t look the same for everyone so young people especially let’s do our part to contain it.”

Fiona Lowenstein, 26, said she couldn't walk after contracting coronavirus. Source: Instagram/ Fiona Lowenstein

She said she began to recover and tried to do things around the house.

But on March 16 she started vomiting and feeling short of breath. Her condition worsened.

“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 told CNN.

The 26-year-old was placed on oxygen for two days.

Ms Lowenstein said she was “in denial” about how bad her symptoms could get. She’s since been released from hospital but remains in self-isolation until she returns a negative test for the virus.

“I think it is important to know this has manifested very differently for myself and various others in my life,” she wrote on her social media.

“Any or all of these symptoms have been experienced making it very hard to self-diagnose and increasingly important to isolate (if possible) if feeling at all under the weather.”

Ms Lowenstein spent days in hospital. Source: CNN

Ms Lowenstein added other symptoms she suffered included high fever, insomnia, gas, sore throat, eye pain, dry cough and a runny nose.

She’s hoping to use her experience to let younger people know about the dangers of coronavirus.

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