The fifth Illinois patient, who tested positive for the corvirus, said in a Thursday interview that he is feeling “much better” and does not want the diagnosis to scare anyone.
The patient, an unrecognized college student, is being treated at the University of the UK Medical Center after he has tested positive for the virus, health officials announced Thursday.
“I am much better,” he said in a telephone interview with Christian Farr, NBC 5. “I think I’m safe. I don’t want anyone to be scared or it’s too worried as it is it is difficult when you see case number five on the news, you do not really know what that means. “
Speaking from his hospital bed at rush, the junior at Vanderbilt University said he had been studying abroad in Italy for six weeks when the global outbreak hit Italy. All the students in his program and 26 others in Florence returned to the United States on the recommendation of the Disease Control and Prevention Centers, he said.
The student said he returned home on Tuesday evening and was not feeling well, that he was immediately suspicious that he might have caught the virus.
“I was tested according to my own application model,” he said. “I didn’t test in Italy. I really didn’t show any signs. I came home, I walked into the door and told my parents, ‘You know, after this long day of travel I’m not feel good, I think COVID-19 coronavirus could have me. “
He said his parents called Rush immediately and the hospital said they would be ready to test it as soon as the next morning.
On Wednesday, the student said that he had taken test tests that lasted about eight hours.
“They examined me all sorts of other viruses, or respiratory or flu viruses or colds or anything like that, and after all those who came back negative, they examined me for COVID,” he said.
This test came back positively and convinced him – but he noticed that his symptoms were Thursday mild.
“There are only very light symptoms such as runny nose, headache, cough, difficulty breathing but without high fever, anything like that,” he said, adding that the isolation is a challenge as he retrieves.
“I am now in quarantine, that’s the right thing, but it’s tough, like any visitors, but I have received more than 400 text messages and a phone call and so I am very grateful to all who care about me. I am for me, “he said.
He said the hospital staff said he was able to return home in the coming days – but the remoteness will not be around.
“I am doing well now, so they expect to be able to return home within the next two days, but I will have to wait quarantine in my own house for the next two weeks.”
Four patients in Illinois tested positive for corncrake among the global outbreaks, according to state health officials. Worldwide, over 94,000 people are ill and more than 3,200 people have died from the fast-circulating virus.
Illinois officials announced Monday that a woman in her 70s, a husband of a man who tested positive over the weekend, also diagnosed the coronary virus, marking the state’s fourth case.
State health officials said Thursday that the CDC had confirmed that the husband had “positive” cases, still awaiting the results of the woman’s case. Officials said that the two patients were isolated at home and that they were “doing well” but that doctors were still unsure about how they contracted the virus.
“At this time, the third route and the fourth case are not known,” Illinois Public Health Department said Thursday. “Both people recently traveled to another state, but health officers were unable to link them to a COVID-19 case declared in Illinois or the other state.”
Health officials said that because they could not identify a point of exposure for the third and fourth patients, I believe it is possible for the cases “it may be due to community transmission in Illinois.”
“While we expect to see additional cases, we do not see that the virus is being transmitted widely in Illinois and we believe that the risk to the general public is low,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike Thursday. “We understand that people are worried, but we want to inform residents that we are working with local health departments, hospitals, clinicians, the CDC, and other state agencies throughout the day and that we are using our services. all the resources available to us to prepare. ”
Both patients were treated at AMITA Health St. Medical Center. Alexius in Hoffman Estates and since then they have made a complete recovery.
Last month, Illinois was the first state to conduct its own trials for coronavirus, allowing faster results. The state also opened this week two additional testing laboratories in central and southern Illinois, Pritzker said.
On Monday, officials said Pritzker asked hospitals across the state to apply additional testing to “improve surveillance for COVID-19.”
Illinois Public Health Department launched a statewide hotline for the coronavirus, called COVID-19, “to answer any queries from the public or to report a suspected case,” Pritzker said. This number is 1 (800) 889-3931.