Davis recovered from COVID-19; now offering advice to others.
BY ANDREAS BUTLER
The primary election may have gotten people’s minds off of it a little bit, but the number of coronavirus cases and death tolls continue to rise, including here locally.
DeLand Commissioner Jessica Davis, also a Volusia County educator, had a bout with coronavirus back in the spring, but says she’s doing fine now.
“I feel pretty good now. I am adjusting. I am experiencing a little bit of fatigue. I’m not sure if it’s just me getting back into a groove at work. I hear fatigue lingers after you’ve recovered from the virus,” she told the Daytona Times this week.
Since June 15, Davis has been out of quarantine and virus-free after weeks of negative test results.
Fortunately for Davis, she hasn’t missed a beat from work.
“Most of my time with the virus ran into summer vacation. I am a teacher. Also, with the city as a commissioner, we were already doing our meetings virtually. I didn’t really have any work obstructed,” stated Davis.
After her COVID-19 experience, she urges all to take the coronavirus seriously.
“Treat everyone as they have the virus. Many people are asymptomatic. You need to protect yourself and your family at all cost. The coronavirus doesn’t discriminate. There are many people who may have it who aren’t letting people know because they don’t want to be treated differently. Take it extremely seriously. Quarantine, clean, wear a mask, and do as much as you can,” she advised.
Davis wrote a first-hand account of her experience with the virus, which was published in the Daytona Times on June 11.
Advice: Build immune system
Now she advocates and advises others on the coronavirus.
“It’s still happening. People are still catching it. There is still no cure. I was one of the first to catch it out of the people that I know. I now get inbox messages just about every other day from people who get the virus asking me for advice after hearing my story,” Davis noted.
One piece of advice she stresses is taking care of yourself physically.
Davis explained, “I don’t know if anything is new since I had it. I tried to build my immune system when I had it. I took vitamins, including zinc. People should try to eat right, exercise and drink water, which builds your immune system. It’s about keeping your energy up and immune system strong and going. If your immune system shuts down, it becomes fatal.”
The experience was also frustrating for Davis.
She started getting symptoms early in May. She visited a doctor and was diagnosed with bronchitis, originally testing negative for coronavirus. She was still sick and went back a few weeks and was told she had pneumonia. She was finally diagnosed with coronavirus early in June after continuously demanding testing. She was also hospitalized for four days.
“My thought process was, I was getting upset after early diagnosis. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. I had a cough I couldn’t get rid of. I found an article online about where someone in south Florida about someone getting the virus which is why I first decided to get tested. Testing was harder to get back then. It was horrible at the beginning. It was a mess; not the best experience,” Davis recalled.
‘Made it through’
Although her immediate family came out well, the ordeal did take its toll.
“I think it was a lot of uncertainty at first with the different diagnosis. It was tougher when I was in the hospital for those four days. My daughter was really afraid. I really didn’t want to get my family sick. I was proactive. The family prayed and was supportive. We made it through,” said Davis.
Davis says the battle with COVID-19 continues for everyone.
“I am trying to stay negative. I think you can catch it again. I also have to attend my great-grandfather’s funeral on Saturday, who died from COVID-19 complications after catching it while in a nursing home,” she added.