'I tested +ve.. I’m lucky, others won’t be'; Know true story of what actually happens when in corona!

News Bharati    21-Mar-2020
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-Siddhi Somani
 
No doubt that the spread of COVID-19 has made life a bit difficult. But every individual needs to understand that not only he/she is to isolate or practice self distancing, everybody is asked to by every government who is striving to keep its people safe. Then why not cooperate?.. especially when it is for 'health'!
 
Its been almost a month now that the world is continuously hearing of corona and the preventions and the measures! Two categories, one busy halving mass fear by asking them to calm, and the other one, building unwanted, unnecessary theories around the wall! Who says corona heavily affects old people? Young people aren't at risk, they'll only have mild symptoms, they say. Is it?
 
Well, here we have true story of a California resident Bradley Ziffer, who himself suffered and gradually recovered from the deadly corona virus. The 37 year old product designer from Costa Mesa, California, took to the social media yesterday sharing his tale of those 10 deadly days. Those 10 days, when at times he thought he was no more, when he felt alone, frustrated! "I tested positive. I was also diagnosed with pneumonia and prescribed antibiotics. I am recovering. The government has failed us. I’m lucky, others won’t be", Ziffer noted.
 
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All he says he suffered.. "So, the last week I have been battling COVID-19 and Pneumonia. Never in my life have I been this ill. 'Young people aren’t at risk, they’ll only have mild symptoms' Wrong. It all started 10 days ago. I felt tired; more than usual. I had a headache, so I took ibuprofen. Two days later I had a fever and was finding it hard to breathe. A day after that I had a persistent pain in my chest, below my heart. It was hard to speak without feeling tired.
 

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I stayed inside this whole time, I called my doctor. He pushed me to the health department. I got a call an hour later from the health department. She asked me about my symptoms, told me to fight through it and that I was now considered, 'Under Investigation'. My symptoms and fever worsened. I called the ER that night. They asked me to stay away because of my symptoms. Morning came and my fever reached 104 ° I was seeing things, hearing things, and I was losing hope. I felt helpless. I remember calling the doctor that afternoon. The rest is a blur...
From what I’m told, I drove to the hospital. Got out of my car and collapsed. Right there in the parking lot. I woke up while being pushed to the ICU in a wheelchair. I lost consciousness again. I remember waking up, not knowing where I was. I thought I was dead. Only then when I had an anxiety attack and could no longer breathe at all, did I realize I was alive. I was given oxygen, fluids, antibiotics. I tested positive. I was also diagnosed with pneumonia and prescribed antibiotics. I am recovering. The government has failed us. I’m lucky, others won’t be.
 
I feel alone, but I also feel frustrated. Why did it take that, for me to get help? What if I was old? Or immune-compromised? It’s far past the time to take action. Not words, ACTION. Step up and protect the people around. If they won’t, we need to. Stay inside, be smart. No death is worth you being ignorant. We can do this..!"
 
Corona cases in India have reached 298 after 35 fresh cases were reported on Saturday as revealed by the Health Ministry. No doubt that the spread of COVID-19 has made life a bit difficult. But every individual needs to understand that not only he/she is to isolate or practice self distancing, everybody is asked to by every government who is striving to keep its people safe. Then why not cooperate?,,especially when it is for 'health'!
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced 'Janata Curfew' on Sunday, March 22, that would cater to the precautions against the spread of COVID-19 in India. Its for people and by the people. Let's support the JanataCurfew and applaud all fellow countrymen who work tirelessly to keep the essential services operational in such extenuating circumstances. BE ONE, BE SAFE, BE IN PRECAUTION!