'My body was very tired.' Arroyo Grande woman recovering from COVID-19 speaks out

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Posted at 4:36 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 21:33:49-04

A San Luis Obispo County resident recovering from COVID-19 is speaking out about her diagnosis.

Kristin Alexander is a local fitness director who lives in Arroyo Grande.

She says her sister tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing symptoms last month.

The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department then contacted Alexander and others who may have been in contact with her sister and asked them to quarantine and look for symptoms.

After symptoms developed, on March 24, Alexander says she tested positive for the virus.

As a cancer survivor and person living with asthma, Alexander's prognosis put her into a high-risk category.

"I had some aches and pains, a low-grade fever, 100.5 was as high as it got. I had a ton of fatigue, just very tired, just body fatigue mostly... I didn't feel like sleeping a whole lot, but my body was very tired. I had tightness in my chest that lasted quite some time, at least five days of tightness in my chest, and then I did develop a cough about five days after the symptoms presented themselves," Alexander said.

While she and her sister were recovering, Alexander says the county called them every day to check in, and after seven days, they were cleared.

Since there is no medicine specifically for COVID-19, Alexander says she took Tylenol for her fever, got lots of rest and stayed hydrated.