A woman in her 60s who said she is “not getting a chill” after a cough is sharing her story.
Katherine DeSantis, 60, was diagnosed with a rare form of COVID-19 in October.
She said she had a “fuzzy feeling” for about four weeks before she felt her cough, which she attributed to her cough triggers.
She shared her story to CNN in an effort to raise awareness about the disease.
“It’s really scary to say the least,” she said.
“I think that there’s a real need to educate the public on this.
People need to know that it can happen.”
A spokesperson for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that it is “critical to know about all the potential triggers and the possible risk factors for COVID.”
“When a person develops symptoms, they need to be tested to confirm whether they are actually having COVID,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson also noted that there are different ways to test for COIDS, including through a nasal swab, a finger prick or an X-ray.
“The best way to test is to take a swab of the mucous membranes around the mouth, the nasal passages, your nose and your cheek and compare that to a sample taken from a nasal spray,” said the spokesperson.
“It’s a more accurate test than a blood test because you can see a clear picture of how you’re feeling.
It’s a way to tell if the virus is circulating in your body.”
DeSantis said she went to the emergency room in December because she had been coughing so often.
She then went to a doctor for more testing and was told she had the disease because of her COIDS triggers.
“I had to go back for a second test, and the doctor didn’t even bother to check my COIDS history,” she told CNN.
“He just told me, ‘I don’t think this is a COVID infection.
You need to have a second COIDS test.'”
DeSantsons symptoms, like a headache and nausea, continued to worsen, and she lost nearly 100 pounds over the next few months.
She was diagnosed last March.
“For months I felt really bad about not getting the flu shot, and that was the only thing that I could do to help me keep going,” she recalled.
“At one point, I thought I was going to die.”
De Santis said that she was hospitalized for about three weeks before her symptoms eased.
She now takes two tablets a day, and said that her cough has stopped, which has made it easier for her to get to and from work.
“This has been a very tough time, but I think I’ve learned a lot from it,” she added.