Seattle resident who recovered from coronavirus describes the illness

Mar 19, 2020, 6:31 AM
Coronavirus testing, blood...
Testing for the coronavirus continues to ramp up. (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

When Seattle resident Elizabeth Schneider went to a house party three weekends ago — a week before anyone knew coronavirus was silently spreading among Puget Sound residents — she had no idea what she was bringing back with her.

She woke up groggy a few days later, but assumed a weekend of get-togethers with friends had worn her out. Halfway through her day at the office though, she started to feel a headache, body aches, fatigue, and a fever. Schneider finished up her day at home and took a post-work nap.

“When I woke up, my temperature was 101 degrees,” she said. “By the time I got ready for bed, it was 103 degrees.”

Schneider’s mind did not jump to coronavirus, however; at that point, Washingtonians only knew of the January Snohomish County case.

Coronavirus survivor shares hope, claims experimental Ebola drug saved him

“We were viewing it at a distance, and I think a lot of us really thought, ‘Oh, it’s not going to happen here at all,'” she said.

Additionally, Schneider did not suspect coronavirus because she did not have a cough or shortness of breath.

The next day, her temperature was back down to 101. She did not go to the doctor, but she did know it was time for a few sick days.

“My game plan was just to stay home, sleep a ton, drink lots of water, and take over-the-counter meds,” she said.

A few days later, Schneider noticed a post from a Facebook friend who had been at the party. The friend came down with the same symptoms on the same day as Schneider. Over a dozen friends who had been at the same get-together commented that they, too, had contracted similar issues.

Still, with respiratory symptoms largely absent from her friends’ cases, Schneider assumed it was “a nasty flu” rather than the world’s most famous virus.

As coronavirus began to be discovered in the area, Schneider’s friends went to the doctor, but were denied coronavirus tests.

But, through the Seattle Flu Study — which is run by the University of Washington, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, and Children’s Hospital — they were able to submit nasal swabs.

Nearly two weeks after she came down with the illness, Schneider finally found out that she had suffered from coronavirus. At that point, she had been in isolation since getting sick and was on the mend.

Now she is now going out in public again, but with few places open, she is mostly spending time at home.

“I’m feeling great — I have more or less recovered,” Schneider said.

Listen to the Dori Monson Show weekday afternoons from 12-3 p.m. on KIRO Radio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast here.

Dori Monson on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM
  • listen to dori monsonTune in to KIRO Radio weekdays at 12 noon for The Dori Monson Show.

Dori Monson Show

Dori Monson

emergency powers...
Dori Monson Show

Inslee’s COVID emergency powers: ‘The inmates are running the asylum,’ says state lawmaker

Rep. Andrew Barkis points out that as a direct result of Gov. Inslee's emergency powers, 1,887 Washingtonians lost their jobs.
2 days ago
Dori Monson Show

Seattle homeowner sells rental, says he doesn’t want to ‘be a landlord here’

The owner of a West Seattle home describes why he doesn't want to be a landlord in the city and is selling his home with the tenants in it.
4 days ago
Seattle firefighters...
Dori Monson Show

Terminated Seattle firefighters turn in their boots

Seattle firefighters who lost their jobs over the COVID vaccine mandate dropped off their boots on Tuesday.
5 days ago
Dori Monson Show

Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer says he’ll fight AG’s misdemeanor charges

Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer is charged with one count of false reporting, and one count of making a false or misleading statement to a public servant.
5 days ago
scam, vaccine...
Dori Monson Show

Meet the firefighter and deckhand who won’t get vaccinated

Washington state’s COVID vaccine mandate for most government, healthcare, and education employees is set to take effect Oct. 18. Meet the state workers who are leaving their jobs.
9 days ago
JAY INSLEE, covid...
Dori Monson

Dori: Inslee planning to push COVID vax through 2024

Gov. Jay Inslee has given himself extra-constitutional "emergency" powers for 19 months. Now it looks like he is planning to extend those powers.
9 days ago

Sponsored Articles


Medicare open enrollment for 2022 starts Oct. 15 and SHIBA can help!

Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner SPONSORED — Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period, also called the Annual Election Period, is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this time, people enrolled in Medicare can: Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan and vice versa. Join, drop or switch a Part D prescription drug plan, […]

How to Have a Stress-Free Real Estate Experience

The real estate industry has adapted and sellers are taking full advantage of new real estate models. One of which is Every Door Real Estate.
IQ Air

How Poor Air Quality Is Affecting Our Future Athletes

You cannot control your child’s breathing environment 100% of the time, but you can make a huge impact.
Swedish Health Services

Special Coverage: National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

There are a wide variety of treatment options available for men with prostate cancer. The most technologically advanced treatment option in the Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform.
Marysville Police Department

Police Opportunities in a Growing, Supportive Washington Community

Marysville PD is looking for both lateral and entry level officers. Begin or continue your career in law enforcement for a growing, supportive community.

Small, Minority-Owned Businesses in King County and Pierce County Can Now Apply For $10,000 Relief Grants Through Comcast RISE

Businesses in King County and Pierce County can apply beginning on October 1, 2021, at for a chance to receive a $10,000 relief grant.
Seattle resident who recovered from coronavirus describes the illness