A Colorado Woman Thought She Had COVID, yet It Was Actually Hantavirus—Here’s How the Symptoms Are Similar

Anyone would be relieved to test negative for COVID-19. But in Sue Ryan’s case, she turned out to have something far more serious. Shortly after hiking and camping along the Colorado Trail in her home state, Ryan started experiencing symptoms that made her think she might have the coronavirus.

Ryan told local TV station KDVR Fox 31 Denver that she had headaches, a high fever, and difficulty breathing—all telltale symptoms of COVID. However, when she took a coronavirus test, it came back negative. Then her symptoms got worse, so she went back to the hospital for another COVID-19 test, which also was negative. After additional testing, doctors diagnosed Ryan with hantavirus.

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