Brooklyn Park School Worker Shares Story Recovering from Likely COVID Exposure
Katie Deneson and her family noticed COVID-19 symptoms after a trip to the Wisconsin Dells in March. Symptoms included migraines, aches, exhaustion and loss of taste.
“My whole family had it. My husband came down with it first, not knowing. He thought it was just a cold,” Deneson said.
Deneson works at Fair Oaks Elementary in Brooklyn Park as a research manager. When Deneson and her husband felt pressure in the chest, they knew it was time to call the doctors. But the family couldn’t get tested, despite Deneson having an autoimmune disorder.
“We were told at that point, they were not testing because this was back in March. They were only testing essential workers,” Deneson explained.
The family quarantined for about a month and doctors recommended taking zinc and vitamin D. Two months later, the family tested positive for antibodies, indicating exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.
“We have done some research. My husband’s looking at donating plasma,” said Deneson. “For me, they want plasma with antibodies in it. I feel like that’s something that will help people.”
While the aches and exhaustion were tough to handle, Deneson wants other to encourage others to keep fighting.
“Encouraging people who might be living in fear to do good health and take care of yourself. It’s possible even with an autoimmune illness to beat the virus,” Deneson assured.