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A Miami woman who recently returned from Italy was denied proper testing after doctors told her that she “likely” has coronavirus, Newsweek reported. 

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said she had returned to Florida after a week in northern Italy, where the biggest outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in Europe has a number of towns locked down.

The woman flew home to Miami with a stopover in Madrid on February 26 and said she felt unwell when she left Italy. She experienced a severe sore throat, a headache, and a mild cough. Health officials did not screen her at the airport in either Miami or Madrid. 

He contacted her physician after she stayed home for two days due to an increasingly worse cough. She was admitted to Jackson Memorial Hospital and placed in a room where health workers wore protective gear and carried out testing. 

Her preliminary test results showed she had tested positive for two earlier strains of the coronavirus and the doctor told her that her travel to Italy during the outbreak and her symptoms suggested she would test positive for COVID-19.

She was told that they wouldn’t know for sure unless the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta conducted the test. She was told that the test could not be done because she was not considered to be in a high-risk category, as she is healthy and in her 30s. 

She was instructed to go home and self-quarantine for 14 days. If her symptoms got worse, she should return to the hospital.

“The doctor said that there was basically nothing he could do. He was quite frustrated,” she said. “The doctor himself told me that, you know, he thinks that the results of my [preliminary] tests mean that I most likely have the COVID-19, but that the Department of Health did not want to pursue it further.”

Her husband is now sick as well. “He’s staying on with me,” she said. “We’ve stocked up on supplies. I’m not so worried. We’re both monitoring symptoms and we’re doing OK.”

More than 91,000 people around the world have contracted the coronavirus, with a global death toll at 3,118, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The number of cases in the U.S. has surpassed 100, with patients in 11 states. Six people have died, all in Washington state, yet the woman’s story has sinister implications: the number of COVID-19 patients in the U.S. could be far higher. 

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