A local woman who has the coronavirus is speaking out

Lauren Dulay said she started experiencing symptoms not commonly linked to the coronavirus. It was only until later after she was tested, she found out.

Posted: Mar 25, 2020 6:25 PM
Updated: Mar 26, 2020 11:06 AM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTH)--Lauren Dulay said she tested positive through a test from Union Hospital.

We spoke with her on day 12 of her self quarantine.

She said she didn't experience the symptoms commonly linked to the virus at first.

We want to reiterate this is her personal experience with the coronavirus.


Dulay said it started with allergy-like symptoms. For her, it was sinus pressure, congestion, postnasal drip.

But over the next few days, it began to get worse. She said she had body aches, fatigue, shortness of breath and fever for two days.

Dulay said this was her rock bottom.

Her message to everyone is simple: If you feel sick, stay at home and call a doctor.

"I was not aware that these symptoms were the coronavirus and I'm sure a lot of other people weren't aware of that as well. Those symptoms are extremely common and they can be mistaken for allergies and you can spread it without knowing it," said Dulay. 

Again, the CDC says confirmed cases have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death.

Symptoms include fever cough shortness of breath. These symptoms may appear between two to 14 days after exposure.

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