A nurse from San Francisco is shining a light-weight on the severity of COVID-19 with a surprising picture of the results it had on his physique.
Final week, Mike Schultz shared side-by-side photos of himself along with his over 40,000 Instagram followers of the dramatic 50-pound weight reduction he skilled throughout an eight-week hospital keep as he was handled for the illness attributable to the brand new coronavirus.
The 43-year-old informed Well being that within the picture on the left, he’s about 190 kilos. He added that he exercised daily and had no underlying well being situations.
“I weighed myself the opposite day and I’m all the way down to 140 kilos, and I most likely weighed lower than that after I first obtained into rehabilitation,” he informed the journal. “I’ve by no means been this skinny earlier than in my life.”
Schultz defined to Buzzfeed Information the rationale he determined to publish his now-viral photographs. “I wished to point out it will possibly occur to anybody. It doesn’t matter if you happen to’re younger or outdated, have pre-existing situations or not. It could actually have an effect on you,” he mentioned.
Schultz informed CNN that he contracted the coronavirus in early March, “earlier than any of the restrictions had been out” and certain obtained it whereas attending Miami’s Winter Music Competition. His DJ boyfriend, Josh Hebblethwaite,was working on the occasion.
“We knew it was on the market,” Schultz informed Buzzfeed, noting that no “lockdowns” had been ordered at this level. “We simply thought, ‘Nicely, we gotta wash our palms extra and be cautious of touching our face.’”
The Miami Herald reported that 38 individuals who attended the LGBTQ-friendly music competition later obtained sick, and three males died,
On March 14, a couple of week after the competition, Schultz flew to Boston, the place Hebblethwaite lives.
He informed CNN that when he first arrived in Boston, he had a cough however “it wasn’t actually a giant deal.” However on March 17, he discovered himself with a fever of 103 levels and was having issue respiratory.
When Schultz arrived on the hospital, he was given a swab check and chest X-rays. He examined constructive for the coronavirus and was additionally recognized with pneumonia and extreme repertory misery syndrome, per CNN.
Quickly after, he was intubated and positioned on a ventilator to help his respiratory.
“That was the final time I noticed my boyfriend,” Schultz informed Well being. “I texted him, ‘I’m scared.’ Quickly after, I used to be sedated, and I don’t keep in mind a lot after that.”
He was on the ventilator for four-and-a-half weeks, in accordance with CNN. He informed Buzzfeed that in this time it was like he was “in a coma.”
Schultz mentioned that when he awoke from his ordeal, he believed solely every week had handed. “I nonetheless had a tracheostomy [tube], I couldn’t speak, and my palms had been so weak that my telephone felt prefer it was 100 kilos,” he informed Well being.
He additionally observed he had misplaced weight, however nothing might put together him for what occurred when he lastly noticed himself within the mirror. “I didn’t even acknowledge myself,” he informed CNN. “I just about cried after I regarded within the mirror, I used to be like ‘Oh my God.’”
Schultz is now slowly recovering.
“I’m doing respiratory workouts to get my lung capability up, and loads of workouts to stabilize my legs so I can lastly stroll with out doing a penguin shuffle,” he joked to Well being.
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