This week, I heard a disconcerting story from a friend of a friend in Boston who was diagnosed with Covid-19. She is just a teenager, but one who has suffered since early childhood from chronic asthma. Just over a week ago, she started experiencing the symptoms all of us with underlying conditions have come to dread — chest pains, difficulty breathing, and a dry, hacking cough that would not disappear.

Initially, because there was no fever, she and her parents tried to manage the symptoms at home, hoping it may just be a regular cold or a mild flu and not a more serious case of Covid-19. But when one of her high school friends texted to say she had recently tested positive for Covid-19, they felt they had no choice but to be tested and seek proper care.

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Originally published on Psychology Today (April 9, 2020)