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Butte nurse working in Washington D.C. recovering after testing positive for Covid-19

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Posted at 6:25 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 16:03:41-04

BUTTE - Melissa McGregor is a healthy Butte woman, but the coronavirus hit her hard recently.

“Worst body aches that you can imagine in your entire life. Your body is just wracked with pain, horrible headaches,” said Melissa McGregor via Zoom from her quarantined room in Washington D.C.

She was working as a traveling nurse in Washington D.C. when she tested positive for Covid-19.

“It’s frightening that it just literally takes your body over and reduces you to absolute nothing and you have no control over it. It comes in waves,” said McGregor.

Despite taking daily precautions, McGregor, like many nurses on the frontline of the coronavirus fight, could not avoid getting exposed.

“People need to take this seriously. It’s not influenza, this is worse than influenza. There is no vaccination for it. It’s life and death and our economy is going to suffer from this, but would be even more devastating if we don’t follow the restriction,” said McGregor.

McGregor said she’s confident she’ll make a quick and complete recovery from the virus, and once she does, she will continue her duties as a nurse in Washington D.C.

“Call me crazy, but, you know, now more than ever since I’ve been infected and I can get over this I’m going to be even more stronger and more valuable to stay in the workforce,” said McGregor.