A nurse from San Francisco is shining a gentle on the severity of COVID-19 with a shocking photo of the outcomes it had on his physique.
Last week, Mike Schultz shared aspect-by-aspect images of himself along with his over 40,000 Instagram followers of the dramatic 50-pound weight reduction he experienced during an eight-week hospital stay as he was treated for the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
The 43-year-passe told Health that in the photo on the left, he’s about 190 pounds. He added that he exercised each day and had no underlying health prerequisites.
“I weighed myself the alternative day and I’m down to 140 pounds, and I probably weighed much less than that when I first obtained into rehabilitation,” he told the magazine. “I’ve never been this skinny earlier than in my lifestyles.”
Schultz explained to Buzzfeed Information the reason he decided to put up his now-viral photos. “I wanted to sign it can happen to anyone. It doesn’t matter in case you’re young or passe, have pre-existing prerequisites or no longer. It can affect you,” he said.
Schultz told CNN that he contracted the coronavirus in early March, “earlier than any of the limitations had been out” and likely obtained it whereas attending Miami’s Winter Song Festival. His DJ boyfriend, Josh Hebblethwaite,was working at the event.
“We knew it was in the market,” Schultz told Buzzfeed, noting that no “lockdowns” had been ordered at this point. “We real plan, ‘Properly, we gotta wash our hands extra and be wary of touching our face.’”
The Miami Herald reported that 38 of us that attended the LGBTQ-friendly music festival later obtained ailing, and three males died,
On March 14, about a week after the festival, Schultz flew to Boston, the place Hebblethwaite lives.
He told CNN that when he first arrived in Boston, he had a cough but “it wasn’t really a astronomical deal.” But on March 17, he found himself with a fever of 103 levels and was having quandary breathing.
When Schultz arrived at the hospital, he was given a swab test and chest X-rays. He tested certain for the coronavirus and was also diagnosed with pneumonia and severe repertory injure syndrome, per CNN.
Soon after, he was intubated and placed on a ventilator to aid his breathing.
“That was the last time I saw my boyfriend,” Schultz told Health. “I texted him, ‘I’m scared.’ Soon after, I was sedated, and I don’t bear in mind remarkable after that.”
He was on the ventilator for four-and-a-half weeks, according to CNN. He told Buzzfeed that during this time it was adore he was “in a coma.”
Schultz said that when he wakened from his ordeal, he believed handiest a week had passed. “I aloof had a tracheostomy [tube], I couldn’t talk, and my hands had been so weak that my phone felt adore it was 100 pounds,” he told Health.
He also noticed he had misplaced weight, but nothing may possibly prepare him for what happened when he finally saw himself in the mirror. “I didn’t even acknowledge myself,” he told CNN. “I fairly remarkable cried when I looked in the mirror, I was adore ‘Oh my God.’”
Schultz is now slowly recovering.
“I’m doing breathing workout routines to get my lung capacity up, and a lot of workout routines to stabilize my legs so I can finally walk without doing a penguin creep,” he joked to Health.
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