A Tuscaloosa woman says she’s finally feeling better after weeks of being quarantined with COVID-19.

Stephanie Buffalo said she spent a week at DCH Regional Medical Center, and struggled to breathe for even longer.

“It was extremely difficult to catch my breath,” she said. “It felt like I was having a heart attack off an on those two weeks. I still have a little bit of chest pain.”

Buffalo was perfectly healthy before the virus struck, she said.

“I’ve never had any kind of issues, but it was like an asthma attack where you can’t catch your breath,” she said. “It was very difficult.”

But the worst part about having the virus was the isolation.

“After I found out I was positive I had to be even more careful about being around people,” she said. “So there is this isolation, and not just being at your home and being around your family, but being away from everyone.”

Staying in contact with friends and family was paramount to her recovery, she said, so she made good use of video calling while she was isolated.

Anyone who finds themselves isolated or lonely should reach out, Buffalo said. If you’re feeling depressed or anxious, many mental health professionals and doctors are offering services online. Check with your doctor for more information.

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