Country singer Emma Lynn White talks about her bout with COVID-19

Posted at 1:29 PM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 13:42:13-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- You may have seen her opening for Hunter Hayes or playing shows at Innsbrook After Hours -- now musician and Richmond-native, Emma Lynn White, is sharing her experiencing with the coronavirus.

White is a country singer that moved to Nashville at the age of 18 to pursue a career as a singer/songwriter. She was also recently diagnosed with Covid-19.

On March 21, while still in Nashville, White said she began experiencing symptoms of a dry cough that she thought were just normal allergies. But when her roommates got sick too, she realized there may be more to it. From there, White's symptoms quickly got worse.

After testing negative for the flu, she went to Vanderbilt Urgent Care and got tested for the coronavirus.

"I had bad symptoms for about two or three days, and then for like four or five days after I was like so tired, I didn’t have any energy at all," said White.

She said she had to wait 13 days to find out she had tested positive. In that time, she and her roommates, who also tested positive for Covid-19, stayed quarantined in their home.

White experienced everything from a dry cough, to a low fever, to extreme fatigue -- but the worst symptom, she said, was the body aches.

"I’ve never felt body aches like that before-- like piercing pain in my joints, and when I tried to sleep, it was like impossible to get comfortable," said White. "It was just like the worst pain I’ve ever felt."

However, she said she doesn't want people to be worried -- just aware.

"I just think we all need to be super careful right now honestly," White said.

In an interview with CBS 6 Friday, White said she had completely recovered and felt better than ever.

She came back to Richmond Wednesday (after a two-week quarantine and approval by her doctor to do so) and is now spending time with family.

“I’m so happy, I just needed a change of scenery. I’m just happy to be with my family honestly," said White.

She also mentioned, she is using this time to continue to write more music.

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COVID-19 Precautions

Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.

COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.

Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.Avoid non-essential travel.