My first hand experience with battling COVID-19


Mike Neville Sports Editor

About a year ago this time in March, the world was hit with an unforeseen killer known as COVID-19.

Starting in China and working its way into the United States, COVID-19 has killed more than a million people worldwide and over 500,000 in the United States.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would contract this sickness that has taken the lives of so many. My nightmare turned into reality when I was diagnosed with COVID-19 after feeling weak and unmotivated for 2 days back in mid-February.

My mother, a nurse, a frontline worker, has seen the worst of it and advised and cautioned me about the dangers.

Thinking that I was invincible, I put these warnings to the side and did not let it affect my day-to-day activities like going to work, school and the gym.

Throughout the whole time, I have been doing my best to social distance, although no matter how hard I tried, my guard being down came back to bite me.

What started as chills and an overall feeling of weakness one day turned into a tsunami of symptoms and hopelessness the next day.

When I woke up there was a burning sensation that accompanied the loss of smell and taste. The tell-tale sign.

The worst part of it all was the loss of my voice. I am a broadcaster and a journalist, so my voice is an important part of my future. The thought of losing it completely after not regaining it in five days was frightening.

As I sat in my bed for over a week thinking to myself if I would ever get out, one positive did come out of this unfortunate situation.

Thinking to myself, I pondered the meaning of life and why I was in the situation to begin with. I have gone over many obstacles since I was young and the conclusion that I came to was that this was happening for a reason and it is just another mountain I needed climb.

After a little over a week, I fully recovered from COVID-19, tested negative and was able to restart my day-to-day activities.

Although it was only a week it seemed like an eternity, and I would never wish it upon my worst enemy. At the end of the day I owe a huge thank you to my experience with COVID-19.

What COVID-19 taught me is to never second-guess yourself and to be thankful for what you have.

In a world full of uncertainty, one thing is for certain: at the end of this, do not joke around with this unforeseen virus that has killed so many.

Coming from somebody who had it, you must have faith and keep on pushing, because if you do not, the chances of you getting out of the hole you are in may dwindle away.

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