Nadia Ackerman experienced a ‘very strange dry cough attack’ before going to meet a friend for lunch and within hours began to show other tell-tale signs of Covid-19
A woman who tested positive for coronavirus following more than two weeks of symptoms shared her experience to help others who may be ‘going through the same thing but don’t know it yet’.
Nadia Ackerman experienced a coughing fit one morning but thought nothing of it and went about her day.
Within hours she began to show many of the common symptoms of the virus, and after her health deteriorated over a couple of weeks, she was tested for coronavirus and the result came back positive.
Now on the road to recovery, the 45-year-old took to Instagram to share all 14 of her debilitating symptoms and issued a stark warning, as reported by the Express.
She wrote: “Now that I am through the worst of it I thought I would share my COVID-19 story.
She says a ‘very strange cough attack’ was the first warning sign (stock image) (Image: Getty Images/Science Photo Library RF)
“Everyone is different. Hoping to shed some light for others who might be going through it and maybe don’t know it yet… also STAY HOME!!”
Her first symptom developed when she had a ‘very strange dry cough attack’, saying she ‘stupidly’ took the train to meet a friend for lunch later on as she felt ‘fine’.
By 5pm a fever had set in, which made her feel ‘freezing cold and sweating at the same time’.
Nadia said: “I feel absolutely horrible. I go to the couch to lie down and spend about three days there.
Nadia tested positive for coronavirus after two weeks of symptoms (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
“Fever, dry cough, very sore chest like someone has punched me. Severe malaise. Body aches. Just sick!”
Over the following two weeks, she says she experienced 14 different symptoms in total, which were: a fever, dry cough, chest pain, malaise, body aches, sore throat, a lack of appetite, headaches, loss of taste, loss of smell, excess sleeping, fatigue, vomiting, and diarrhoea.
Having first developed signs of coronavirus on March 12 and testing positive at the end of the month, Nadia says it wasn’t until ‘earlier this month’ that she started to feel like her normal self again.
Symptoms of Covid-19 can vary widely from person to person, but the NHS states that a high temperature and a new, continuous cough remain the two main warning signs.
If you experience these, you should ensure you say at home to reduce the chance of any possible transmission.