A Spring Valley native wants to help the fight against COVID-19 with her plasma.

When Amy Cinotte contracted COVID-19, she experienced mild symptoms.

“My major concern and biggest complaint was the loss of taste and smell. I completely lost my sense of taste and smell for about 14 days,” she said.

She was achy, tired, had some muscle pain and a mild cough. She never had a fever. 

She said she was fortunate, as a 32-year-old coworker of Cinotte’s also was diagnosed with COVID-19 with no previous existing medical conditions. The co-worker ended up in the ICU on oxygen but is OK now. 

After recovering from COVID-19 and learning about the antibody tests, Cinotte felt a calling to help others. 

She took an antibody test at the Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. 

“Antibodies are proteins that help fight off infections and can provide protection against getting that disease again (immunity),” accorindg to the Centers for Disease Control.

After seeing the result, her doctor told her her body “fought like hell,” against the virus.

“I definitely want to contribute to this fight. It’s near and dear to me working in health care,” she said after getting the results. 

She submitted an application to the Red Cross to donate plasma to help others, and she is currently waiting to hear back.

Why did her body fight it so well? The doctor didn’t have an answer, but he said it may have to do with her young age. 

Cinotte was born and raised in Spring Valley and now works in healthcare in the suburbs of Chicago.

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