Dilek Tahtalı, a 33-year-old woman with a chronic disease, has become one of the latest victims of the coronavirus in Turkey, the Hürriyet Daily News reported, a worrisome development since until now, the elderly were believed to be the main at-risk group for contracting COVID-19, caused by the deadly virus.
Tahtalı, who worked as administrative assistant at a private hospital in İstanbul, had been admitted to a public healthcare institution with high fever and fatigue.
She had been suffering from a rheumatic disease since childhood and was taking medication for it.
Her condition worsened on Tuesday, and despite all efforts on the part of doctors, Tahtalı succumbed to the coronavirus.
Some 20 days ago, she posted messages on social media telling her followers about her pain and agony.
“Leave me alone, go away you fever! I am about to faint because I keep taking warm showers, a mixture of vinegar and aspirin and going out on the balcony in this freezing cold,” Tahtalı tweeted on March 8.
Turkey announced its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus on March 11.
In another post, she also complained about severe nose congestion and postnasal drip as well as headache and coughing spells that started later and kept her awake through the night.
On March 10 she was diagnosed with severe flu, said Ramis Topal, her uncle and a former main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy.
“We had to check with a couple of hospitals to get her admitted to an intensive care unit,” added Topal.
He also noted that Tahtalı’s mother and father tested negative for the coronavirus.