I’ve just come home from 2 weeks of lying in a Spanish hospital bed, battling the novel coronavirus and bilateral pneumonia it caused. I am 27 years old, lead a healthy, active lifestyle, and have no pre-existing conditions. COVID-19 rendered me near paralyzed with fever and needing 24/7 oxygen support.
I am not invincible. You are not invincible. The people around you are not invincible. We are all vulnerable. I am not writing to attract attention to myself, but to attract attention to the severity of the situation. Health care systems around the world are struggling to keep up and some are collapsing entirely. Thousands are dying each day and we may still be far from the worst of it.
The dedication and sacrifice of the health care workers on the front lines are indescribable. Many are also falling ill and even dying in their attempts to save the rest of us.
They deserve all of our respect and SUPPORT.
So please, listen to the professionals. Stay home, isolate, and wash your fucking hands. This is the best way to inhibit the spread of the virus, the best way to reduce the load on the hospitals, and our best chance at saving as many lives as possible. This is not the time to be selfish. This is the time to make sacrifices for the greater good.
I know that staying at home is not easy. But trust me, lying in bed gasping for air is harder. Keep yourself busy, stay connected with loved ones, and stay positive. Be grateful, kind, and considerate and we’ll all get through this.
We’ve got this.
p.s. on a personal note – a huge thanks to all my friends and family who reached out to me during this difficult time. I cannot begin to describe the overwhelming love I felt and how much it helped me get through this. From the bottom of my heart, I thank each and every one of you. My eternal gratitude also goes to the doctors and nurses who treated me, I would not be here if it was not for you.
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