With the pandemic, the frontliners risk their lives delivering health and medical services to those in need. Part of the risk is contracting the virus, getting infected and killed by it. The most dreadful and traumatic part is getting positive. How much mental, emotional, and physical fortitude would it take you if you happened to have tested positive of COVID-19 8 times in 50 days?
Tracy Schoefield of Cambridge Ontario is a mother of three who told CTV News that symptoms of the COVID-19 first manifested in March 30. She experienced headache, chills, shortness of breath and fever as high as 40C (104.1F). She also lost her sense of taste and smell. The next day, she had to undergo testing, which turned out to be positive when she had the results by April 1. She had a hard time getting up from bed for barely two weeks and had to isolate herself from her son.
It has been 50 days since Tracy tested positive from COVID-19. After that test, eight more tests were administered to her and only it was only in one test that she tested negative. According to her interview, she still has the symptoms lingering and she fears that the virus can have a lasting effect on her health after it has taken “a lot out of her”.
Tracy now awaits that she be tested in two days and be cleared so she can go back to work pending the results of her 10th COVID-19 testing. She hopes that her story inspires those who share the same situation with her.