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Woman who sheltered in place for three weeks gets coronavirus; are delivery items to blame?

A South Carolina woman who practiced strict social distancing has been infected with the coronavirus though she reportedly sheltered in place at home for three weeks.

Rachel Brummert told WCNC that she became sick with COVID-19 despite isolating in her home for three weeks.

“I’m absolutely terrified,” she told the news outlet.

“This is the sickest I’ve ever been and it’s the most scared I’ve ever been. From what I’m hearing about ventilators, it’s scary stuff. I’m really hoping I can wait this out at home.”

Brummert reportedly has an autoimmune disorder, and said she has not left her house since a trip to the pharmacy three weeks ago. She lives with her husband, but the couple has been living in separate rooms due to Brummert’s increased risk.

She said she has only picked up grocery deliveries from her doorstep, and a woman who made a delivery has since tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. But Brummert says she never had direct contact with the woman.

“I barely had any contact,” Brummert said. “I didn’t even touch her … I thought I was doing everything right.”

Brummert said she wore gloves when picking up mail, but did not think to wear protection when she brought delivery boxes inside.  After a wait of several days, she said she was able to get tested for coronavirus, and the result was positive.

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