San Antonio Musician Beats COVID-19 — She Wants To Do More Than Just Recover

San Antonio Symphony clarinetist Stephanie Key worried her lungs would be damaged from the virus. But she recovered and is donating plasma to help others.

By Jack MorganMay 12, 2020 10:10 am, , , , ,

From Texas Public Radio:

San Antonio musician Stephanie Key says she considers herself lucky after recovering from COVID-19. Now, she has a plan to help others fight back.

Lovers of classical music have seen Key for the last 18 years playing clarinet with the San Antonio Symphony. She is also a distance runner and mountain climber, so she listens very carefully to her body. Not long ago, it began telling her that something wasn’t right.

“I’d been able to say, ‘Oh, it’s just this time of the year. Allergies or, you know, I just ran too hard today. So that’s why my ankles ache,’” she said.

Finally, in late March, she began feeling something she couldn’t ignore.

“About a month ago, I had a fever that just came out of nowhere,” Key said. “When the fever just literally flooded my body, I realized, ‘Oh, my God, I’ve got this.'”

The coronavirus was all over the news, and she worried she had it too. She called her doctor, who recommended she take aspirin and give it one more day.

“Just take the rest of the day very slowly and call me in the morning if you still have the fever and we’ll talk about getting a test,” he told her.

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