US woman who caught coronavirus despite self-isolating for three weeks believes it was passed to her when she collected a bag of groceries left on her doorstep
- Rachel Brummert was self-isolating at home without contact with other people
- She was at home in Charlotte, North Carolina, for three weeks due her condition
- But despite shielding measures Brummert tested positive for the coronavirus
- She believes she caught the virus from woman delivering groceries to her home
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A woman who caught coronavirus even though she was self-isolating for three weeks said she believes she caught the disease from a bag of groceries delivered to her door.
Rachel Brummert was shielding herself at home in Charlotte, North Carolina, as she suffers from an autoimmune disorder that makes her vulnerable to COVID-19.
Because of this underlying condition, Brummert had kept her distance from others as a precaution, including her husband who has been living in a separate room.
But despite these measures she still tested positive for the virus last Thursday after beginning to notice symptoms.
Brummert believes she may have caught the virus from a woman who left groceries to her doorstep while she was isolating.
Rachel Brummert was shielding herself at home in Charlotte, North Carolina, when she tested positive for coronavirus
Brummert in hospital after she suffered from a fever, a cough, loss of smell, fatigue, headaches and breathing difficulties
She told WCNC that she did not think to wear gloves when she brought the food bags into her home from the front porch.
Brummert added: ‘I really thought I was doing everything right. I barely had any contact. I didn’t even touch her [the delivery woman].
‘I’m absolutely terrified. This is the sickest I’ve ever been and it’s the most scared I’ve ever been.
‘From what I’m hearing about ventilators, it’s scary stuff. I’m really hoping I can wait this out at home.’
Brummert suffered from a fever, a cough, loss of smell, fatigue, headaches and breathing difficulties.
Apart from the woman who delivered groceries, Brummert only had brief contact with a pharmacist when she last left her house three weeks ago.
Rachel Brummert was self-isolating because she suffers from an autoimmune disorder that makes her vulnerable to coronavirus
Brummert posted images on social media thanking people for their support. She believes she may have caught coronavirus from a woman who delivered groceries to her doorstep while she was isolating
She is hoping her condition will not deteriorate as she is ‘terrified’ of going into a hospital due to her underlying condition.
Brummert added: ‘I’ve had the flu, this is not the flu. It’s a whole other monster.’
North Carolina has recorded more than 4,300 confirmed cases and 89 deaths.
So far, more than 22,000 people died in the US after contracting coronavirus and there are more than 561,000 cases as of Sunday evening.
Around 2,000 deaths a day were reported for the last four days in a row, with the largest number in the US epicenter of New York .
Smithfield meat processing plant has closed its Sioux Falls pork processing plant in South Dokata after around 240 of its employees became infected with COVID-19
At least 42 states have imposed stay-at-home and non-essential travel orders in a desperate bid to halt the spread of the virus.
One of America’s largest pork processing plants has become the third major meat factory forced to close after 240 employees tested positive for coronavirus.
Smithfield meat processing plant, which has 3,700 employees in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is closing for three days after its employees fell ill.
According to Smithfield, the plant accounts for 4 to 5 percent of the country’s pork production.
Another major meat processor, JBS USA, also stopped operations at its beef plant in Souderton, Pennsylvania, last Thursday for two weeks due to sick employees.
The union representing workers at the plant said two employees have died.