LEWIS COUNTY- We have endured the novel coronavirus pandemic here on the homeland for now over two months and health experts world wide are racing to slow the spread and come up with a vaccine or a medicine treatment.
Since the health crisis emerged over the winter in China, we have read and heard some very sobering stories about young, healthy people falling severely ill from this virus. However, the CDC still proclaims that most cases end up resolving without any need for hospital treatment.
Doctors are trying to unravel this mystery of why younger people are subject to become seriously ill from coronaviurs, at least enough cases to raise concern.
In April, a North Country man, who claimed to be healthy and had no known underlying illnesses, shared his coronavirus experience with us and how ended up on a ventilator.
In this story, we had the opportunity of hearing from a southern Lewis County woman, who says she noticed a prevalent cough earlier this spring.
"On April 10, I had made an appointment for that Monday for my daughter to get checked up and I noticed that I had a cough starting and it got bad," Amanda Sins told us. "My doctor didn't even check me or nothing, she just said that she wanted to test me to make sure that I was cleared and okay so that they can do whatever they needed to for my cough in case it was bronchitis or strep or something."
The next day, April 14, Sins says she got a call back informing her that she was positive.
Sins, who is 27 and lives in Lyons Falls, works at the Kraft-Heinz plant in Lowville, operating machinery. When her test came back positive, she was immediately sent home and into isolation.
Where did Sins possibly contract the illness? She told us that she, like many others, isn't exactly sure, but emphasized that Kraft-Heinz has taken daily precautionary measures since her test showed positive. As far as she is aware, Sins said workers have had to wear masks during their shifts, their temperatures are being taken and the whole facility is being thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis.
Both the State of New York and the CDC cleared Sins from isolation earlier this month, but she tells us getting back to work has been very difficult because she is still testing positive.
The CDC clarified that Sins is cleared from isolation and is not contagious.
Why is she still testing positive? She says she is not sure. There have been other reports world wide where people have recovered from the virus, yet still test positive somehow.
When asked about how bad the virus progressed, Sins actually told us being separated from her family in isolation took more of a toll on her than the sickness did. "My daughter is a year and five-months old. She is a part of my every day," she explained. "Being away from her and not seeing my husband, the thing that killed me the most was that I was upstairs in my room and to not be a part of seeing my daughter really hurt me."
Thankfully, Sins did not have to go to the hospital. She, like several others, ended up recovering at home. Even further, she said her symptoms never really progressed or became worse. In fact, one of the most common symptoms among cases worldwide is one that she never had. "I did not have a fever the entire time. It can be a symptom for some, but I didn't have one at all," she claimed.
Outside of some aches and fatigue, Sins dry cough was her only prevalent symptom. She described how her cough would worsen at night, sometimes keeping her husband, Cory, awake.
As of Wednesday, May 27, Lewis County Public health confirmed no new cases, with 16 people who have now made a full recovery from the coronavirus.
Listen to our full interview with Amanda Sins here: