Like many Americans, Kalie Shorr is sticking to a very strict coronavirus quarantine, remaining inside her home with the exception of an occasional trip to the grocery store. However, despite how careful she’s been, the singer has contracted the disease and is on her way to recovery.
“Despite being quarantined (except for a handful of trips for groceries) for three weeks, I managed to contract COVID 19,” she wrote Monday afternoon (3/30) on Twitter. “I’m feeling significantly better, but it’s proof how dangerous and contagious this is. It’s endlessly frustrating to see people not taking this seriously.
“The first few days were absolutely miserable. I’ve never felt like that before. My entire body was in pain, and my fever was like riding a wave. I completely lost my sense of taste and smell.”
Shorr first realized she might have the disease after she found herself more tired and achy than normal and a flu test came back negative.
“I thought it was COVID-19 right off the bat. I’m not a paranoid person, but I’d been following it very closely – especially after my exposure at the CMT telethon – so I felt pretty certain. It hit me in the middle of the day- all of a sudden… I got tested the next day after I woke up with a fever,” Shorr tells Sounds Like Nashville in an email Q&A. “Thankfully, my recovery process had already started by the time I got my test back, so I wasn’t as scared as I would have been.”
Throughout the ordeal, Shorr was surrounded by friends who were all dealing with COVID-19 and they were able to lean on each other throughout their time of need.
“I live with, and am quarantined, with other musicians, who also got sick at the same time as I did so we were able to be around each other,” she shares. “We’ve spent time on the porch, writing songs, doing everything we can to stay sane. I’m thankful to not be alone. I’ve also been writing over FaceTime and spending lots of time with friends in the same way. It’s been really important for me to do that since I’m so extroverted. I’m more thankful than ever for my friends.”
As she continues to recover, Shorr is pleading with fans to stay home and limit contact with others as much as possible to keep the spreading of COVID-19 to a minimum.
“I think being incredibly diligent about limiting your exposure to others is important. Do not go anywhere. I had friends drop me off groceries at the end of my driveway and got everything else delivered in the same manner. So many people are willing to help and it is much better to ask a favor than affect anyone else.
“It’s so cringe-worthy to hear people say ‘well I feel fine, so it doesn’t matter,’ especially after they’ve been exposed,” she adds. “It’s apparent that many government officials across the globe have failed citizens when it comes to providing accurate information, so it’s become more imperative than ever to educate yourself. Follow the advice of medical professionals and don’t assume you have all the answers. We’ve never lived through anything like this before, and it is much better to be safe than sorry.”