Memphis Councilwoman Rhonda Logan shares her experience contracting COVID-19

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis City Councilwoman Rhonda Logan is talking publicly for the first time since she contracted the coronavirus earlier this month.

Logan said she contracted COVID-19 from a very close family member who comes to her house to visit regularly.

“An immediate family member came by, came over, and then three days later, got the phone call that they tested positive,” Logan told FOX13.

In an exclusive interview, Logan said her family took all the precautions to avoid the coronavirus: Social distancing, wearing a mask, using hand sanitizer but even they couldn’t escape the virus.

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“I do want people to be aware and respect that this virus is real, because I do hear people talk about the gatherings that they’re going to have or places they’re going, and I see large gatherings,” she said.

Logan, who just got out of quarantine Friday, started feeling symptoms about two days after her 30-year-old family member tested positive.

“I didn’t have severe symptoms, but I had pretty much of the symptoms: loss of taste and smell, headaches, fever, body aches, chills,” Logan said.

More than 85 million Americans are expected to travel during the Christmas holiday. Logan said she hopes her story encourages families to think about the loved ones who didn’t make it past Thanksgiving after contracting the deadly virus.

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“Take this very seriously,” she said. “You can be doing all that you are supposed to do or all you can do, but you never know what the next person is doing or who they’ve been around or are exposed to.”

Logan says still has lingering symptoms that cause her to have to lay down at times.

Logan’s daughter and husband tested negative. However, she says her husband started showing symptoms like loss of taste and smell and he had a fever, so he’s in quarantine now even though he tested negative.

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