What’s COVID-19 really like? Colorado nurse Lisa Merck says her coronavirus infection quickly progressed from a minor cold to something much more serious.
“I felt like I wanted to collapse, I was having shortness of breath, every time I stood up, I got really diaphoretic and sweaty so I asked [my husband] to take me in [to the hospital] and I started having a little back pain on both sides down by my lower rib area,” she told Fox & Friends.
Merck, who is also an Air Force veteran, tested positive for the virus after a vacation to Hawaii, where she attended a medical conference. However, a state epidemiologist told her that she actually contracted the coronavirus back home in Colorado. There’s currently a minimal spread of the virus in Hawaii.
Merck is currently under quarantine with her husband at home. The public health department reduced their quarantine from 14 to 10 days. She won’t return to work until she’s cleared on two tests 24 hours apart.
“Right now, I am feeling good. I did some stretches this morning. I have gotten my energy back. I still feel a little nauseous and I feel short of breath, so we got to go outside yesterday and just take a little walk down our alley. We make sure that we stay 6 to 20 feet away from everybody,” she says.
On a positive note, she adds: “I’m getting much better and healthier.”
She has no idea when or where she got the virus. Here’s her coronavirus timeline:
February 18: starts to feel symptoms
March 8: begins to feel worse and goes to the emergency room
March 14: begins to feel better
March 22: quarantine ends