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'Feeling Optimistic': Rep. Jahana Hayes Reports Minimal Symptoms After COVID Diagnosis

U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes, D-Conn.
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U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes, D-Conn.

U.S. Representative Jahana Hayes of Connecticut says she’s winded but otherwise experiencing no new symptoms after her COVID-19 diagnosis earlier this week.

Hayes posted two pages from a daily journal she’s keeping of her COVID-19 experience. In the most recent entry, she wrote, "Hard to explain, but it’s uncomfortable to take a deep breath." Still, she says she has no fever and no loss of taste or smell. She wrote, "Feeling optimistic — because compared to all the horror stories I’ve heard, I feel good."

A spokesperson for Hayes said she didn’t feel up to a phone interview due to her breathing problems.

Hayes represents the Fifth Congressional District, which covers much of northwest Connecticut and north Fairfield County.