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A Charlotte woman is reported to have contracted COVID-19, even though she has not left her house in three weeks. Given that the virus is transmitted through human contact, the situation poses quite the conundrum.
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A high-risk patient
“I’m absolutely terrified,” Rachel Brummert told MSN. “This is the sickest I’ve ever been, and it’s the most scared I’ve ever been. From what I’m hearing about ventilators, it’s scary stuff. I’m really hoping I can wait this out at home.”
Brummert is a high-risk patient as she already has an autoimmune disorder. That's why she made sure to listen to the experts and stay at home. Brummert indicated that she hadn’t left her house once in three weeks.
The only people Brummert had come in contact with were the pharmacist, her husband, who is temporarily living in a separate room, and a woman who volunteered to drop off groceries. Unfortunately, that woman later tested positive for COVID-19.
“I barely had any contact,” she said. “I didn’t even touch her.”
Brummert also insists that she wears gloves when having any contact with the outside world such as getting her mail. In general, however, she avoids all external contact and won't even order take-out meals.
Now, Brummert is struggling with the symptoms associated with COVID-19. She is suffering from cough, fever, headache, and respiratory difficulties.
“I’ve never had anything like this before,” she said. “I’ve had the flu. This is not the flu. It’s a whole other monster.”
Brummert's story is a reminder of how elusive COVID-19 is. The virus is easy to contract and hard to trace, meaning it spreads at alarmingly high rates.
On Saturday, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally, the global death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 101,000 amid about 1.6 million cases. These numbers are a reminder to stay home and stay safe.
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