By Barbara Norton, Editor-in-Chief
As the Coronavirus continues to spread both globally and locally, infection is on everyone’s minds: Are you feeling feverish—or just warm? Is that cough because of allergies… or something more deadly?
Though symptom lists and death rates dominate everything from neighborly conversations to the national news cycle, few people know what it’s like to actually be sick with Coronavirus. We sat down (virtually) with Summit senior Lexi Miller, who recovered from COVID-19 in late March, to get her inside perspective on the Coronavirus.
“My Dad was on a ski trip in Canada when Coronavirus hit the U.S. One of his friends on the trip was really sick, but they thought it was just a bad cold,” Miller said. “When they got back to the US, his friends got tested and everyone was positive.”
As a result, Miller knew she’d most likely test positive too, and three days later she got her results back.
“I knew I was probably sick, so the worst part was having to get the actual test. They stick a long Q-tip up your nose and I literally cried because it hurt so badly,” Miller said.
Both Miller’s parents and her sister tested positive too, though her sister was asymptomatic. “I was so jealous because my sister was totally fine, but me and my parents were really sick,” Miller said.
After she was tested, Miller spent two weeks in strict quarantine with her family. “I was mostly worried about my mom, because she has underlying health conditions. It was scary to see her just laying down all day for three weeks straight,” Miller said.
Covid-19 still hit Miller plenty hard, though. “I had a cough and really bad body aches, so I didn’t even want to walk to the kitchen. It felt like a weight was pressing down on my chest,” Miller said. “I couldn’t smell or taste anything for three days, either.”
On top of COVID-19, she was also dealing with another medical emergency—major head surgery for an unexpected infection.
“I had to go to a private plastic surgery office to have my surgery, because they didn’t want me exposing anyone in the hospital. No one was allowed in the office except me and my doctor,” Miller said. Miller’s doctor came to her house daily to monitor her recovery as she juggled online school, COVID-19 and the healing process.
Surgery was perhaps a blessing in disguise, though: “I was really focused on my surgery, so being sick was more of just an inconvenience,” Miller said.
For Miller, getting sick early in the pandemic had a number of benefits.
“Everyone was strictly quarantined when I was sick, so I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything,” Miller said. “If I’d had it [Coronavirus] in the middle of summer when everyone was going to the lakes, I would have been really bummed.”
Being infected at the beginning of the pandemic also helped quell some of Miller’s panic. “There hadn’t been much research yet, so I wasn’t worried about lasting health effects or anything,” Miller said. Despite the chills and lethargy, Miller maintains that her experience was fairly moderate.
“It [Coronavrius] affects everyone differently, but I’m lucky that my case wasn’t too serious,” Miller said.
Though Miller’s Coronavirus experience wasn’t life-threatening, it’s important to remember the people like Miller’s mom: those who are at high risk for a possibly deadly infection.