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Raleigh woman's journey through coronavirus testing

Posted March 17, 2020 6:11 p.m. EDT

— A north Raleigh woman feared she had coronavirus when she developed a fever, cough and congestion.

“I travel for work and had done quite a bit of air travel the week before symptoms showed up,” Brianne Brown said.

She was able to see her doctor, who ordered tests.

“The flu swab came first, and I had to get a negative flu test before they could send off the coronavirus swab,” Brown said.

She also had to agree to isolation until the COVID-19 test result came back.

“He initially swabbed my throat, and with the same swab, swabbed my nose,” Brown said. “It was odd.”

“It was not the most pleasant experience,” she continued. “It was pretty deep in the throat. I felt like I was going to gag. Then it was pretty high up in the nose as well – certainly made my eyes water a bit.”

Brown went into isolation at home, away from her family.

“During that time, my anxieties were rising, for sure,” she said. “I was thinking more about tracing back my steps, so if I did get a positive result, who else could I potentially have infected?”

About four days later, when she said she was “going stir crazy and ready to break out of the walls,” her test came back negative.

“My lesson learned is, obviously, there’s other viruses floating around in the air right now,” Brown said. “Not everything is coronavirus.”

Brown doesn’t know what bug she had, but she said she’s beginning to feel better.

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