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New Hampshire COVID-19 survivors share experiences battling the virus – WMUR Manchester

New Hampshire COVID-19 survivors share experiences battling the virus – WMUR Manchester

There have been 55,945 cases of COVID-19 in New Hampshire to date. That number includes 955 people requiring hospitalization for the virus and 927 COVID deaths. WMUR spoke with three New Hampshire residents, Allyson Boudreau, Barbara Brown, and Shauni McGowan, who all contracted COVID-19 and shared their experiences as a way of educating people about its effects.Boudreau, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Easter Sunday, said it was a smashed bottle of vinegar that tipped her off. As Boudreau recalls, “everyone was like, ‘oh my god that stinks’ and I’m like, ‘I don’t smell anything, I can’t smell anything.’ And they’re like I think that’s a symptom of COVID.” Boudreau went on to describe how COVID-19 had an impact on her lungs. She says the virus caused her to have difficulty breathing, which even arose while doing tasks like walking up the stairs and shifting in bed at night. Brown, who was diagnosed several months later in December, also had similar lung issues and spent six days in the hospital on oxygen.”I had pneumonia when I got to the hospital. I never thought I had pneumonia. I thought I just had a slight, tickly, kind of irritating cough,” explained Brown.Another symptom that Brown experienced was a high fever, which at one point reached 104 degrees. “It affects everybody differently,” warned McGowan, who experienced intense pain and pressure in her head and jaw. “You just have to believe what people are saying. Believe the science out there.”Boudreau, Brown, and McGowan say they feel lucky to have been able to get through the ordeal and are urging people to know that COVID-19 is no joke.”People shouldn’t think they’re immune to it. I sort of thought, ‘I’m doing everything right’…. You can still get it,” Brown explained.The trio added that if anything feels off with your body, you should call your doctor and not wait until more severe symptoms come along.

There have been 55,945 cases of COVID-19 in New Hampshire to date. That number includes 955 people requiring hospitalization for the virus and 927 COVID deaths.

WMUR spoke with three New Hampshire residents, Allyson Boudreau, Barbara Brown, and Shauni McGowan, who all contracted COVID-19 and shared their experiences as a way of educating people about its effects.

Boudreau, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Easter Sunday, said it was a smashed bottle of vinegar that tipped her off.

As Boudreau recalls, “everyone was like, ‘oh my god that stinks’ and I’m like, ‘I don’t smell anything, I can’t smell anything.’ And they’re like I think that’s a symptom of COVID.”

Boudreau went on to describe how COVID-19 had an impact on her lungs. She says the virus caused her to have difficulty breathing, which even arose while doing tasks like walking up the stairs and shifting in bed at night.

Brown, who was diagnosed several months later in December, also had similar lung issues and spent six days in the hospital on oxygen.

“I had pneumonia when I got to the hospital. I never thought I had pneumonia. I thought I just had a slight, tickly, kind of irritating cough,” explained Brown.

Another symptom that Brown experienced was a high fever, which at one point reached 104 degrees.

“It affects everybody differently,” warned McGowan, who experienced intense pain and pressure in her head and jaw. “You just have to believe what people are saying. Believe the science out there.”

Boudreau, Brown, and McGowan say they feel lucky to have been able to get through the ordeal and are urging people to know that COVID-19 is no joke.

“People shouldn’t think they’re immune to it. I sort of thought, ‘I’m doing everything right’…. You can still get it,” Brown explained.

The trio added that if anything feels off with your body, you should call your doctor and not wait until more severe symptoms come along.

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