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NEW YORK — A Washington resident contracted novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, but eventually recovered from the illness. Now, she’s using her experience to help those impacted and what Americans should do.

Elizabeth Schneider spoke to the PIX11 Morning to talk about the symptoms she experienced, and what she’s doing now to help people who have been infected by COVID-19.

Three weeks later, Schneider said she’s “feeling great” and is “back to 100%.”

She initially thought she was infected with a virus, but she didn’t suspect having COVID-19. “I didn’t respiratory symptoms,” Schneider said.

Schneider said she’s going public with her story to let people know that contracting the virus can happen to everyone and “emphasize that we need to self isolate” and practice social distancing to help protect those vulnerable.

She is also working with her local United Way of King County to raise about $10,000 to help those financially impacted in terms of education and supplies.