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COVID-19 Patient: “I couldn’t get up without fainting and I can’t taste anything."

Woman is one of two confirmed case in CHQ County
Posted at 3:11 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 18:52:03-04

DUNKIRK, N.Y. (WKBW) — Monday, health officials announced the first two positive cases of COVID-19 in their community.

One of those suffering from the virus is 33 year-old Ronni Thompson from Dunkirk.

Thompson says she’s suspected she had the virus for about three weeks, when she first put herself in isolation.

“I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t breathe,” she said. “I couldn’t get up without fainting. I can’t taste anything. I even tried hot sauce and I can’t taste that.”

Thompson says she first started to exhibit minor symptoms four days after attending the March 7 Kane Brown concert at Key Bank Center.

“I had a tickle in my throat,” she said. “I thought it was allergies.”

She says she would wake up drenched in sweat from a fever.

“I was hallucinating. I couldn’t use the bathroom,” she said. “I couldn’t use the bathroom, couldn’t breathe. You just start having coughing fits that are not productive, and you pass out.”

She says from what she knows of this virus, everyone experiences different symptoms, and severity of the virus. For her, it’s been a rollercoaster of things.

“My whole body by day 3 felt like someone pummeled me,” she said. “I felt bruised head to toe lifting any part of my body was painful. When I would cough it was as if someone was punching me.”

Thompson tells 7 Eyewitness News she will remain at home in isolation for at least another month. She says since everything is so new with this virus, and there’s still a lot of unknowns, she doesn’t want to take any chances.