A Personal Battle with COVID-19

Muscle or body aches, headache, or a sore throat are only a few of the symptoms of COVID19. Though common symptoms in common sicknesses, these symptoms can be a result of a deadly viral disease. Josh Leblanc, a 22-year-old Southeastern Louisiana University senior knows about these symptoms all too well.

 “I was in quarantine from April to August,” Leblanc said, “I honestly assumed I would be fine.”

Every victim of COVID19 has suffered from their symptoms differently. According to Josh Lablanc: “My biggest mental and physical challenge was being inside all day and not being able to go work or carry out daily activities like I usually would,” Josh said. 

According to Nina Bai from the University of California San Francisco, everybody is capable of having a severe form of this disease and every age group can end up in the hospital. A new report from the CDC confirms that COVID-19 does not spare millennials and Gen Z. Among the first 4,226 cases in the U.S., more than half of patients who were hospitalized were under the age of 65, and one in five were aged 20 to 44.  

Despite the optimistic survival rate for the younger victims, COVID 19 is still a vicious disease. “I felt like death, I wouldn’t want to wish it on my worst enemy,” said Leblanc.

It is important that people of all generations remember to wear a mask, socially distant, and keep hands sanitized according to the CDC. “The main thing we can do is wear a mask stay 6 feet and avoid big gatherings and crowds,” Leblanc said, “also, eat more on the healthy side and try to have the right vitamins in your body.”

According to the Center for Disease Control, Covid cases has recently been hitting new record numbers. Nationally, surveillance indicators tracking levels of SARS-CoV-2 virus circulation and associated illnesses have been increasing since September. The percentage of deaths due to pneumonia, influenza, and COVID-19 increased during the first two weeks of October. COVID-19 related hospitalizations and deaths for the most recent weeks may increase as more data are received.

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