- LaQuita and Jason Coleman of Birmingham, UK have recounted their experience after they survived Covid-19
- The couple was diagnosed with the coronavirus just days apart from each other barely five months after getting married
- LaQuita and Jason Coleman want to inspire others with their survival story
Five months after LaQuita and Jason Coleman of Birmingham had their special, the couple both contracted the novel coronavirus.
That part of their vows about “in sickness and in health" came sooner than the Birmingham couple expected.
Set to soon be released from their 14-day quarantine, the Colemans want others to know they can get through the illness.
The Colemans said they relied on faith and that people ‘‘can survive it’’.
The couple is two of the over 4 200 Alabamians diagnosed with coronavirus.
Their plight for all practical purposes began in late March when LaQuita fell ill with flu-like symptoms. She was tested for Covid-19, but her test came back negative.
Then, on 30 March, Jason began to feel a tickle in his throat. The following day he woke up with a fever.
Jason Coleman said he kept saying he was fine, but LaQuita told him that he was not. She took him to be tested for the virus and two days later, on 3 April, Jason’s test results came back positive.
LaQuita also developed a cough and was having trouble breathing and decided to get tested as well. Her Covid-19 test results came back positive on Monday, 6 April.
''I started sleeping 18 hours a day. I couldn’t get up, I couldn’t eat, and I really couldn’t drink anything,'' she said.
LaQuita, who works in billing for a medical practice, was still working from home.
Her symptoms included throat irritation, shortness of breath, fluid on her lungs, cough, headache, fever and chills.
LaQuita said her doctor recommended antibiotics and made sure they had vitamins.
She said there were times she felt she needed to be hospitalised but didn’t want to go that route if she didn’t have to.
Once she and Jason tested positive, they received letters from the Jefferson County Health Department that listed the steps they had to take under the quarantine.
Other than that, however, she said they felt very much on their own during the ordeal.
She is now feeling better, though she has persisting lung issues. LaQuita said she wanted to speak out so others would understand that Covid-19 is no joke.
''I’ve had the flu plenty of times and this is no flu,'' LaQuita said.
“Honestly, I didn’t think it was that serious until I got it. This virus is real,’’ she added.
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