‘It can infect anybody:’ Marshall County family’s message after 5 survive coronavirus

The family told us they believe they caught the virus from other family members who later tested positive.

Posted: Jul 8, 2020 6:30 PM
Updated: Jul 9, 2020 7:36 AM

Every day for the last several months, the Alabama Department of Public Health has released the state's latest numbers of coronavirus patients. 

Those patients are kept anonymous, but those numbers represent our neighbors.

"Watching my 20-month-old daughter just struggle and hurt. There was one night I was holding my little girl and she was just crying and I had done everything I could do for her, and she just laid on my shoulder and cried until she fell asleep," said Mahalia Barnes, a local coronavirus survivor. 

Barnes told WAAY 31 she was scared when she and her husband received their positive coronavirus test results. She says her whole family, including her three young children, all experienced coronavirus symptoms. 

Her 20-month-old twins were born prematurely, so Barnes worried her biggest fear could have been a reality. 

"My whole thing this entire time has been, I don’t ever want to see one of my children on a ventilator again. You just don’t. As a mother you don’t want to see that and I don’t want to see that for anybody," said Barnes.

Barnes says even before her test came back positive she was feeling symptoms. 

"Fever, chills, extreme body aches, like I didn’t even think I could get out of the bed," she said. 

Barnes says even though she had severe symptoms, she was more worried about her children. 

"It scared me because I didn’t know what to expect for them. Luckily they just had the G.I. problems and they didn’t have the respiratory symptoms," she said.

"But the biggest message that I think people need to understand right now is that it can infect anybody and you don’t know how your body is going to react to it."

She has a message for the community after sharing what her family has gone through: "It’s not worth it. We will wear the mask, we will social distance, we will sanitize. We will do our part because I don’t want anyone else to experience what we have," said Barnes. 

Barnes said it's been 19 days and none of her family members have their senses of taste or smell back. 

But she says her family members have their energy back and are feeling much better. Thankfully no one in the family had to be hospitalized. 

They told us they believe they caught the virus from other family members who later tested positive.

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Reported Deaths: 1821
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Madison551035
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Shelby336137
Marshall319938
Lee272447
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Jackson10724
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Chilton8279
Blount8255
Clarke82110
Coffee7796
Butler77336
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Pike7167
Marion58726
Barbour5816
Lowndes57524
Marengo56817
Bullock49211
Hale48826
Winston45711
Bibb4535
Washington44913
Perry4464
Wilcox43610
Monroe4246
Pickens41110
Randolph40311
Conecuh39410
Sumter36618
Lawrence3563
Macon34114
Crenshaw3318
Choctaw28912
Cherokee2798
Clay2775
Geneva2652
Henry2643
Greene25311
Lamar2302
Fayette2235
Cleburne1291
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Confirmed Cases: 126393

Reported Deaths: 1289
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Davidson21044221
Rutherford671956
Hamilton640855
Knox485240
Williamson365626
Sumner350173
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