Chilliwack woman shares experience with COVID-19

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VANCOUVER –
Erin Calver has trouble stopping her cough.
Sometimes she has trouble breathing.

Chilliwack’s 38-year-old woman is in a Calgary area hospital after being infected with COVID-19.

“The big thing is just shortness of breath and wheezing. Keep my oxygen levels up to date, “she told CTV News in a video interview from her hospital bed.

She started flu-like symptoms about a week ago in Alberta and went to the hospital.

“I came on Sunday morning and they didn’t believe I had COVID. I didn’t have a fever or anything, but they buffered me just in case, “she said.

She quarantined herself and a few days later learned that she had tested positive. At the time, Calver, who has an underlying heart condition, was having difficulty breathing and was rushed to hospital.

Masked and surrounded by medical personnel wearing personal protective equipment, she realized the gravity of what she was facing.

An emotional Calver says that a doctor told him, “I think you are going to be fine, but we may have to put a tube in your throat if your oxygen drops more, in which case you would wake up in intensive care. ”

Calver considers himself fortunate to have a “moderate” form of the virus. She does not know where she picked it up, did not travel and was following the protocols of the health authorities. She has been in Alberta since early March.

“I haven’t deteriorated, which I have been doing for the past few days, so as long as I stay the same or improve, I’m happy with that,” said Calver, acknowledging to the medical staff that they would put themselves in danger of take care of patients like her.

What she’s struggling with is that she may have infected others without knowing it.

“I can handle having a problem, but I can’t handle the fact that I may have been responsible for giving it to someone else or making it a carrier and that weighs heavily on me.”

She speaks in public with the hope that others will understand the severity of the pandemic.

“I just pray that people will be careful what the government asks you to do,” she said. “Because even if you can catch this and have no symptoms, the next person will not necessarily be so lucky. ”

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