Marathon Runner Heather Bauer Feared Death: Coronavirus Was Taking Over My Body After Attending a Westport, Connecticut House Party with 50 People

Heather Bauer, a 42-year-old mother of three who has run 15 marathons, was infected with coronavirus at a house party. Five days later, she was in the hospital fearing for her life.

On Thursday March 5, 2020 Heather Bauer went to a casual dinner party in Westport, Connecticut with about 50 people attending the party.

Westport, Connecticut Official Town Notices
Governor Discourages Public Events of 100 Persons or More03/09/2020 9:37 PM

Westport Center for Senior Activities to Suspend Programming Due to COVID-19 03/11/2020 1:00 PM

Press Release Evidence of COVID-19 Community Spread in Westport03/11/2020 6:00 PM

Evidence of COVID-19 Community Spread in Westport03/11/2020 6:23 PM

COVID-19 Community Spread in Westport 03/12/2020 6:40 PM

Westport Parks and Recreation Department Update 03/13/2020 1:30 PM

UPDATE: COVID-19 in Westport “Social gatherings, large and small are discouraged” 03/13/2020 5:15 PM

 SICK … 

Four days later she felt achy and feverish, and discovered she had a temperature of 101°F. She took some Advil. It seemed the fever came at night and went away in the morning, but then the fever was relentless. Then she experienced shortness of breath but didn’t really realize it was shortness of breath. She described it as a ‘shallowness of breath.’

She had no sore throat and no runny nose.

Intestinal symptoms started.

She called into Yale COVID. Using their telemedicine system, the health care professionals called her and checked in on her every day. They asked her to take a breath and she coughed very quickly, and the doctors asked her to come in to the clinic immediately

Nine days after the party, she was admitted to the Yale Hospital Coronavirus ward fearing that she would die. Heather survived.

She spent nine days in the hospital

She was vomiting in a can in her bed at the hospital.

She had a rash all over her body

She lost here sense of taste and smell.

She developed hepatitis.

One week ago her doctors were considering a spinal tap to test for meningitis.

She was a participant in a trial and placed on hydroxychloroquine.

She had a five-day treatment She got migraines when the fever stopped following the treatment with hydroxychloroquine.

Heather Bauer said she was forever grateful to the health care professionals. She advised stay, isolate, listen.

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