It's been drummed into us by the government and media that the primary symptoms of coronavirus include a dry, persistent cough and a fever. But as more and more cases of the highly contagious disease emerge around the world, and medical experts begin to learn more about it, other symptoms are cropping up as likely indicators of a COVID-19 infection.
One such symptom is vomiting, which the World Health Organization has listed as one of the more "rare" symptoms a patient with a mild case of coronavirus might experience. And that's exactly what happened to 22-year-old Twitter user Amy Shircel, who took to the social media site to share the way her symptoms changed over the course of her illness.
"You aren’t invincible just because you’re in your 20s. Take it from me, and quarantine like your life depends on it."
US-based Amy posted an initial tweet explaining that she had tested positive for COVID-19, and warning that it was a far from pleasant experience. "Take it from me," she wrote. "You do NOT want to catch this. Hopefully hearing about my experience will help the rest of you to stay home."
In the first couple of days, Amy describes coronavirus feeling "manageable" as she displayed all the typical signs of the disease—a fever, a cough, chills, a headache, you know the drill. But on day three, the vomiting began.
"I couldn’t keep anything down," wrote Amy, explaining how her constant cycle of sickness meant she was unable to sleep or eat, making her body even weaker.
On day four, along with a positive test result came the shortness of breath you've heard described as another key coronavirus symptom. "It feels like your lungs are shallow and you can’t take a proper breath," recalled Amy.
Over the next few days, Amy just got worse and worse, and was eventually taken to a hospital where she was rehydrated and given anti-nausea medication. The young woman was sent home, but arrived back on day seven as she "violently shivered in bed all day".
After four more days, Amy was deemed well enough to go home and, on the twelfth day of illness, she posted a Twitter thread to remind people coronavirus is no joke. "You aren’t invincible just because you’re in your 20s. Take it from me, and quarantine like your life depends on it," she wrote, poignantly.
Some people might dismiss it as "just a virus," but it's a life-threatening one (particularly for those who are more vulnerable) and it could affect even the young and healthy in ways you might not have thought. So stay in, and save lives.
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.