Nobody is immune to the Coronavirus. It is a disease that can infect anyone, the young, old, rich, poor, black and green. It’s best to practice safety precautions. Unfortunately, it’s too late for some, here are their Coronavirus stories.
1. Florida Residents
In February, Loretta Dionisio 68 years old and her husband went on a vacation to Thailand and the Philippines to celebrate their retirement. Sadly, in March the celebration ended abruptly. On March 8th the two arrived in Los Angeles. Loretta wasn’t feeling well and was rushed to the hospital. Her family was not too alarmed because they said she is strong. She was a diabetic as well as a cancer survivor. They assumed whatever sickness she had she would beat as well. That was not the case. Less than 3 days later she died. Loretta was the first fatality from the coronavirus to be reported in Los Angeles County. Since then her husband has been quarantined in South Carolina after developing a fever and other symptoms of the virus. The thing that made me say “wow” about this Coronavirus is that they never tested her husband, Robby, for the virus. They said he was not in critical condition and that there was a lack of supplies to test for the virus. This is one of the Coronavirus stories that was told through the victims’ son, which made it worse. To lose your mother to a virus with no current cure must be so hard. Her son spoke about how he was talking to his parents about their arrival and wanted details about their vacation.
2. It Came Back
In Beijing in February, Mr. Wang had been fighting coronavirus and after a month of fighting, he won. He was well and those in his apartment building wanted to celebrate. Three days later, unfortunately, Mr. Wang tested positive for the Coronavirus, again. This is one of the few Coronavirus stories that a person was tested for Coronavirus, survived, and then after they are released to have the virus again. Because the virus returned Mr. Wang’s identity has been kept private. This is still a mystery.
3. Living with Coronavirus
Dale Grizzle, 69-year-old, had contracted the virus while in Japan, early February this year. He was experiencing respiratory issues and was violently vomiting. He was then taken to the hospital where he remains isolated in his hospital bed but closely monitored by the staff. He continues to show mild symptoms of the virus. He was only able to text, video chat, and talk on the phone, to his friends and family, to stay connected. He is a retired house painter with 13 grandchildren. He is full of anxiety and unanswered questions. He has turned to prayer and medication during this unforeseen time. I feel so bad for him. To go through something so traumatic and pretty much go through it alone must be very hard.
4. Not An Ordinary Hospital Visit
A Texas college student by the name of Miguel received a test he never saw coming. Last Friday morning Miguel woke up with a broken blood vessel in the eye. Worried, he and his girlfriend raced to the hospital. Unfortunately, with everything going on with the Coronavirus the hospitals and even small clinics are busier than they have ever been. The wait time in the emergency room is more than double then what they typically are. Miguel and his girlfriend waited anxiously in the waiting room for about 6 hours. Several times they considered leaving but his eye could have been worse than could see, so they waited for medical attention. If it wasn’t a broken blood vessel in his eye, it can get worse if left untreated. When they were finally taken to a room and seen by a nurse he was offered to get tested for the Coronavirus. He wasn’t there for the test figured he would get it done since he was there, and it was something going around affecting many. The test was 10 seconds, but Miguel stated that it felt like an eternity. He was told to stay still while the nurse took a swab from his nose with a very long Q-tip. Though the process is quick it is very uncomfortable and invasive. The Q-tip goes to the back of your nose where your respiratory tract meets the back of your mouth. A few days later he received his results and they were negative for the Coronavirus. He’s eye, the original concern, was fine and he was given directions to maintain it to get it back to normal.
5. Not Too Young
Valerie Wilson, 34, and Fiona Lowenstein, 26, are now recovering from the virus and each is sharing their coronavirus stories. They are letting people know that the virus doesn’t just attack those that are older, the young are at risk as well. Although those that are older are at a higher risk of catching the virus and not being able to fight it, young people can get sick and spread the virus as well. When Valerie first started showing symptoms of the virus she didn’t pay them any mind. She said she was very tired with a low fever and didn’t think any more about it. She wasn’t concerned about her health until she lost her sense of taste and smell, and then later developed a bad cough. She raced to the doctor and started receiving medical attention immediately. She is now doing much better. Fiona had a similar experience. She thought she could take care of her symptoms at home without any medical professional help. Until early March when she couldn’t. After being unable to eat her symptoms worsened. She could barely breathe. She went to the hospital and her test came back positive. She is currently isolated in the hospital being monitored until she tests negative.