WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Kaylee Hartung from ABC News contracted COVID-19 after she had traveled to Los Angeles, Seattle, and Washington to cover the outbreak.
- Hartung initially dismissed the symptoms since they were not consistent with the reported symptoms associated with the virus.
- The news reporter shares her experience in hopes that others may learn from what she has gone through.
ABC News reporter Kaylee Hartung tests positive for COVID-19 on Monday, days after she covered the virus outbreak in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Washington.
The reporter shared her experience on Good Morning America on Wednesday. She says that she had dismissed earlier symptoms as allergies at first, but come Thursday morning, she woke up knowing that there is something wrong.
“I knew something was off as soon as I woke up, and that’s when I started consulting medical professionals,” Hartung said.
She immediately sought an opinion from medical professionals, but her health care provider informs her that her symptoms were too mild to qualify for coronavirus testing. Her case was put on review and later on, allowed to have herself tested for the virus.
Hartung ignored earlier symptoms because they were not consistent with the virus. “I wasn’t having any sort of a dry cough, I didn’t have any shortness of breath, and I didn’t feel any pressure on my chest,” she says, instead she felt “fatigued” and “had a headache just right between the eyes. I was congested, I had body aches in places that I wasn’t used to having them, my lower back was really hurting.”
The news reporter expresses guilt for being selected as one of the few who were tested for COVID-19.
“We’ve all heard that these test kits are so valuable, that there aren’t enough for all the people who want to get tested. I’ll tell you, I feel guilty that I’m someone who was able to get one,” she says.
Hartung described the testing process on her Wednesday Instagram Stories. She says that there was no medication prescribed after the diagnosis, but she had been on Tylenol and Nyquil. It has been almost a week from the worst of her symptoms, and she says that she is feeling “just fine.”
“The test isn’t pleasant, but it happens quickly!” she wrote on Instagram. “You’re swabbed up both nostrils twice. This is the most uncomfortable part. It’s a very strange sensation. Then your throat is swabbed.”
Hartung hopes that other people can learn from her experience.
She shared her GMA interview, writing in the caption, “The quicker we get serious about social distance, the quicker we’ll all get through this. ❤️” she added.
COVID-2019 that started in Wuhan, China late December is now a global health crisis. The World Health Organization declared the pandemic a public health emergency, the first after the 2016 Zika virus epidemic.
The United States records 5,881 confirmed cases Wednesday. 21 out of the 107 dead from coronavirus-related illnesses occurred over the last 24 hours.