Actress Rachel Matthews, who is best known as the voice of Honeymaren in Frozen 2, announced on Instagram that she has tested positive for the coronavirus.
“Hey guys, I tested positive for COVID-19 and have been in quarantine the last week,” she wrote in an Instagram Story. “Unsure of what the next step is (been getting mixed info so will keep you posted) but obviously will remain in quarantine until told to do otherwise. I’m feeling better, but I will be posting some info that I hope will be helpful to some. Please feel free to reach out and ask me any questions.”
She went on to detail the evolution of her symptoms. One the first day, Matthews had a “sore throat, fatigue and headache.” By the third day she had a “mild fever (100.3), horrible body aches, chills, sharp pain in lungs, started a dry cough, no appetite”
By day four, she said that her “lungs got much worse (resulting in deep, dry cough) shortness of breath, major fatigue, no appetite.”
Mathews also said that the testing process in the U.S. is still way behind where it needs to be.
“Our country is very behind, and we don’t have much of a system in place. I only got tested because I had been around a confirmed case and had been showing symptoms,” she said. “BUT receiving a test that shows you’re positive really doesn’t change much. It’s not like you receive a specific medication once positive so please, if you have symptoms at all but can’t find a test please just treat yourself as if you are positive (you most likely are). Rest, drink lots of liquids and SELF QUARANTINE.”
In addition to avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people and social distancing, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.