Durham teenager tests positive for coronavirus, urges everyone to ‘stay at home’

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — A Durham teenager who tested positive for COVID-19 is urging everyone to “stay at home” and for young people to take the coronavirus more seriously.

Chloe Baker, 19, attends Wake Forest University and recently returned home from a choir trip to London during her spring break.

Baker returned home on March 13 and went into isolation as a precaution.

A few days later, she said she developed a cough and the last thing she expected it to be was the coronavirus.

“I was like, there’s no way, this has to just be allergies right?” Baker said.

But in the coming days, her symptoms began to worsen.

“I had a fever, body aches, chills, and a cough,” Baker said.

She ended up going to the doctor and testing positive for COVID-19. At least two other students who went on the trip contracted the virus as well.

Baker said the coronavirus is a lot like the flu, but a little different.

“I think the most unique thing about COVID, was for me, just shortness of breath,” Baker said.

Baker has been in isolation for two weeks and now she finally thinks she is on the mend.

However, she is asking all young people to listen to stay-at-home orders.

“We really need to listen to it, because we’re not invincible,” Baker said. “I felt awful.”

She said the Coronavirus is something you do not want to spread to anyone, as it could kill one of your loved ones who are at risk.

“So just remember that one person you would be horrified if they got it and really do everything you can to prevent that,” Baker said. “Anytime we spend ignoring the rules is going to prolong the time we spend having to shelter in place. If we listen now, and we really focus and hunker down now, that will really shorten the timeline of the country having to be shut down over this.”

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