A woman who contracted coronavirus says the virus made her go deaf in addition to losing her sense of taste and smell.
Julia Buscaglia moved to Florence in January and said she had a wet cough and no pre-warned symptoms were present.
The 20-year-old posted on Twitter explaining how she returned home from hard hit Italy, where more than 6,000 people have died from coronavirus, at the beginning of March.
Julia said she was able to travel back into the United States, where not a single airport official asked where she had been.
After testing positive she said: “My jaw DROPPED. How was I positive? I didn’t have the symptoms on the news.
“I flew home, and not a single person asked where I had been. Not even at customs. They didn’t blink an eye at me. I had layovers in LARGE cities. Again, there was no doubt in my mind that I didn’t have the virus.”
Her post has gone viral, with more than 175,000 likes.
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Julia woke up ‘in agony’ and gave more precautions to her followers: “My head was pounding, my ears throbbing, and it felt as if my throat was on fire. My body ached, I had chills, and I had a fever of 100.2. I took over the counter anti-inflammatories and stayed in bed the entire day.”
She explained how saw a doctor the following day who told her she had a cold.
She said: “At this point, I had begun to lose hearing in my left ear, I figured it was congestion. Still I had NO cough.
“As Italy was starting to become a place of concern our program urged us to return home.
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“At this point I lost all ability to taste and smell, yet I did not have a runny nose or cough.
“I had a headache constantly during the day which I just treated with Tylenol. I left the next morning to return to America.”
Julia travelled back to the US by March 5th, and had to self-quarantine after officials did not even ask where she had come from.
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On March 14th, Julia was tested for the virus, adding: “I was not planning on being tested. However, members of my family work in health care and wanted to be sure before returning to work. We had to ask to be tested, they refused until we asked repeatedly.”
Julia was told she had tested positive for COVID-19, despite having 'no symptoms, and only a slight remaining cough’.
She warned her followers: “I guess why I’m telling you all of this is because what they are telling you are symptoms are not ALL symptoms.
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“And you do NOT have to have the symptoms to be positive. The only symptom I had that was similar was a fever.
“But this is not a joke anymore. Please cancel your trips.
“I am completely healthy right now, but that doesn’t mean I’m cleared.
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"And the same could be true of you. So please stay indoors. Be safe and smart.
"Limit your contact with individuals, because this is going to get worse before it gets better.
“To those of you in the same situation as me, I wish you all a speedy recovery and to stay healthy.
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"Drink fluids and wash your hands. Please remember, just because you are not showing symptoms does NOT mean you do not have it.”
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The Department of Health and Social Care reported a further 84 people who tested positive for the virus have died.
This is the record number of people to die in a single day.
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