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

U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes, D-Conn.
Courtesy of Jahana Hayes for U.S. Congress
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.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.