A nurse from San Francisco is shining a lightweight on the severity of COVID-19 with a stunning picture of the results it had on his physique.
Final week, Mike Schultz shared side-by-side photographs 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 advised Well being that within the picture on the left, he’s about 190 kilos. He added that he exercised day-after-day and had no underlying well being situations.
“I weighed myself the opposite day and I’m right down to 140 kilos, and I in all probability weighed lower than that after I first acquired into rehabilitation,” he advised 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 pictures. “I wished to point out it could occur to anybody. It doesn’t matter for those who’re younger or previous, have pre-existing situations or not. It might have an effect on you,” he stated.
Schultz advised CNN that he contracted the coronavirus in early March, “earlier than any of the restrictions have been out” and certain acquired it whereas attending Miami’s Winter Music Pageant. His DJ boyfriend, Josh Hebblethwaite,was working on the occasion.
“We knew it was on the market,” Schultz advised Buzzfeed, noting that no “lockdowns” had been ordered at this level. “We simply thought, ‘Nicely, we gotta wash our arms extra and be cautious of touching our face.’”
The Miami Herald reported that 38 individuals who attended the LGBTQ-friendly music competition later acquired sick, and three males died,
On March 14, a few week after the competition, Schultz flew to Boston, the place Hebblethwaite lives.
He advised 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 respiration.
When Schultz arrived on the hospital, he was given a swab check and chest X-rays. He examined optimistic 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 assist his respiration.
“That was the final time I noticed my boyfriend,” Schultz advised 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 advised Buzzfeed that in this time it was like he was “in a coma.”
Schultz stated 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 arms have been so weak that my cellphone felt prefer it was 100 kilos,” he advised Well being.
He additionally seen he had misplaced weight, however nothing may put together him for what occurred when he lastly noticed himself within the mirror. “I didn’t even acknowledge myself,” he advised CNN. “I just about cried after I appeared within the mirror, I used to be like ‘Oh my God.’”
Schultz is now slowly recovering.
“I’m doing respiration workout routines to get my lung capability up, and loads of workout routines to stabilize my legs so I can lastly stroll with out doing a penguin shuffle,” he joked to Well being.
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