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"If I can get coronavirus, you can, too." says Indianapolis City-County Council member

Kristin Jones battling virus for two weeks
Posted at 6:46 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 18:48:46-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A member of the Indianapolis City-County Council says she has been battling the COVID-19 virus for the last two weeks.

Councillor Kristin Jones released a statement Tuesday, saying she is suffering from fever, cough, chest pains, and "utter fatigue," among other symptoms.

She was treated at a local emergency room Tuesday and received an additional diagnosis of double pneumonia.

Jones calls the diagnosis “a complete shock”, given that she and her husband have been self-isolating since March 20 and had taken every precaution to avoid the novel coronavirus. Prior to the emergency room visit, she had left her house once, to observe the funeral procession of slain IMPD Officer Bre Leath from a "secluded spot."

Jones says her husband leaves the house only when armed with bleach wipes, gloves, and a mask.

Like many of those infected, Jones says she struggles to get out of bed and get dressed and calls eating “a chore.” Asked about her husband, Jones says he has no symptoms, and that’s good for him. But,” she continues, “that’s not good for you. Asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic people are the very reason we need to continue to be vigilant and practice social distancing, hand washing, and wearing a mask in public.”

The bottom line, according to the councillor: “If I can get coronavirus, you can, too.”