PARADISE, Calif. - As Butte County remains in the Purple Tier, COVID-19 cases are impacting families, Action News Now spoke to one Paradise woman about her complications.
"I wash my hands constantly. Anytime there is a hand sanitizer, I mean my hands are gross from all the hand sanitizer. I wear a mask anytime I go somewhere," shared Victoria Sinclaire. "We stay home a lot more. As far as I can tell I have basically done everything to minimize my risk. We did have my parents come over on Thanksgiving."
Sinclaire says she mainly stayed around family, and has no idea how she would have gotten COVID-19. She says Thanksgiving day she felt fine, but started feeling symptoms Black Friday, then was diagnosed with COVID-19 Saturday.
"You know when the doctor came in and said you tested positive for COVID, I was like there's no way... I am not needing to be on a ventilator, I did not feel like I was sick enough to have COVID," said Sinclaire.
Sinclaire says because of her weight, the doctors told her she needs to watch her oxygen levels, so they gave her a pulse oximeter.
"This is the normal one that you put on your finger, because I have fake nails, I have to wear it sideways and it records it," said Sinclaire. "Right now, I am 95 which is awesome. Normally I am 100, but 95 I will take."
Doctors told Sinclaire anything below 89 she has to go back in. She added it's been hard, because her two grandkids live with her, one of her daughters, and her husband.
They were told unless they start having symptoms they don't need to be tested, so she is quarantining alone in her room. She says it feels like she has a bad influenza.
"I feel like I have something really heavy on my chest, that makes it hard to take a deep breath or want to," said Sinclaire. "I am trying not to cough because when I cough it feels like your brain is being thrown against the skull really hard."
Through all of this Sinclaire has one message for others.
"It's like the yeah this is really inconvenient to wear a mask, but it's like if that is the worst part of your day, be thankful because having COVID is way worse than wearing a mask," said Sinclaire.
Right now Sinclaire is still at home, but if her oxygen levels keep dropping she will have to go to the hospital.