6 MORE True Stories of People Who Have Recovered from the Coronavirus

With so much negative and fearful news and social media chatter about the Coronavirus flooding our minds these days, it’s no wonder that anxiety and depression are on the rise. COVID-19 is no laughing matter, but it’s also not all doom-and-gloom.

Putting things into perspective can help ease your worries. Being in a constant heightened state of alarm suppresses your immune system. To take your nervous system off “red alert” and shift your focus to what can go right, here are 6 true stories of people who have recovered from the Coronavirus. And they’re not all young; in fact, sometimes our elders sail through with flying colors!

Eugene Campbell, 89, from Washington state, most likely contracted the virus in his nursing home. Because Eugene suffers from dementia, his family made the decision not to tell him, in an effort to keep him calm and happy. Eugene tested positive after he developed a cough, difficulty breathing, and an irregular heartbeat. Once Eugene was hospitalized, his symptoms improved quickly and dramatically.

Elizabeth Schneider is a 30-something from Seattle. Shortly after attending a party, Elizabeth’s symptoms began: fever, headache, joint pain, and severe body aches and extreme fatigue. The first night, Elizabeth’s fever spiked to 103, and then dropped to 99.5. This low-grade fever lasted for 10 days. Elizabeth didn’t go to the hospital because she felt she could manage her symptoms and is recovering on her own.

Carl Goodman, a 67-year old California radio station owner, was quarantined aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship but didn’t feel ill until he was heading home. His fever also spiked to 103. He was taken to a biocontainment center in Nebraska before being released. Today, other than a persistent cough that is almost gone, he has no symptoms.

29-year-old Kaelyn Sheedy, a Florida sports therapist, returned from Italy only to become the first confirmed female Coronavirus patient in Florida. After noticing cold-like symptoms, she tested positive. A fever of 103, dry cough, fatigue — the most common symptoms — were followed by shortness of breath, a wet cough and green mucus which persisted through days 8 and 9. By the 12th day, she was asymptomatic, and had her first negative test.

One of the most famous COVID-19 cases is actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson. Tom’s symptoms were mild. In a March 17 tweet, Tom said, “Hey folks, good news. One week after testing positive, the symptoms are much the same. No fever but the blahs. Folding the laundry and doing the dishes leads to a nap on the couch…” Today, Tom and Rita are back home, practicing social distancing. But wait. Tom Hanks folds his own laundry and does the dishes?

Perhaps the most uplifting Coronavirus survival story comes from a 104-year-old WWII veteran, William Lapschies of Oregon. William tested positive on March 11, 2020, but his case was mild and he did not require a ventilator. This isn’t William’s first bout with a pandemic. He is a survivor of the infamous Spanish Flu of 1918. William recovered from COVID-19 just in time for his 104th birthday celebration.

While the Coronavirus doesn’t play favorites in terms of who is hit, it also doesn’t seem to play favorites with who survives. A positive mental attitude and good self-care practices—including minimizing your exposure to negative news—can help boost your immune system so that your body can fight off this and other viruses.

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