A cheerleader has opened up about her nearly two-month battle with coronavirus.
Lacey Mathis, 19, of North Carolina didn’t think much of it when she fell ill with a virus in March.
But now, 58 days later, she’s still fighting the virus and can’t shake off the symptoms.
Lacey, a student at William & Mary University in Virginia, talked about her battle with Covid-19.
“It’s been 58 days since I first had a fever,” she said.
She told ABC11 she thinks she contracted coronavirus in a cheerleading tournament near Washington DC in early March.
A referee from the same tournament also tested positive shortly after.
“Where the cheerleaders have to sit is a very tight room,” she explained.
“They are close to the fans, close to the players, close to the referees, so it really could have been anywhere or anyone.”
She developed mild symptoms attributed to cheers and travel fatigue.
A week later she tested positive.
Shortly after, she developed a number of different symptoms, including persistent high fever.
“I had a mental haze, I lost all taste and smell,” she said.
“It really wasn’t fun. And I slept a lot. “
Things got worse when she was diagnosed with a sinus infection a month later.
More recently, she also suffered from a kidney infection.
Last week, 50 days after her first test, Lacey tested positive for coronavirus again.
Describing her struggle, she said, “Overwhelming and frustrating to say the least.
“It can get really depressing, you know. Being sick all the time, just wanting to sleep.
“You can’t really sit upright, you can’t really walk around. There’s nothing to do about it.’
Mama Lisa said she “can’t wait” until she finally got to hug her daughter again.
So far, Lacey has only been able to spend time with her cat Bernini who has been quarantined with her.
Her mother, father and older brother have all managed to prevent the disease.