Durham teen recovers from coronavirus, says it was the ‘sickest I had ever been’

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Nineteen-year-old Chloe Baker of Durham has recovered from the coronavirus after she experienced symptoms for two weeks.

The Wake Forest University student contracted the virus while she was in London during Spring Break.

Baker first spoke with CBS 17 on March 26 shortly after she tested positive for COVID-19.

 “That was the sickest I had ever been,” Baker said. “I felt symptoms for 14 days, which was too many days.”

Baker said the state health department told her she could come out of isolation last week.

She said she finally has enough energy to get back to her studies as she has been forced to finish out the semester from home.

“My energy was like really down, and I have a lot more energy now,” Baker said.

Baker said she is excited to finally be able to walk her dog Wooly again.

But even though the health department said she could come out of isolation, she said she still does not get out of the house unless she has to.

“I just don’t want to risk anything being left in my system and putting it out anywhere,” Baker said.

Baker said she is hoping one day she will not be nervous about coming in contact with other people again.

For now, she is especially urging young people to realize the dangers of spreading the coronavirus to someone else.

“For something to completely disrupt society in every way you have to take it seriously,” Baker said. “We have closed our country, and millions of people have filed for unemployment. Just be safe, stay at home and really limit your contact to just family.”

As of Tuesday, the Durham County Health Department had confirmed there was a total of 203 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

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