2020 has been a tough year so far. And it’s far from over. There are now over 33.6 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 worldwide and we’ve passed a grim and sobering milestone: there have been more than 1 million coronavirus-related deaths. However, there’s still hope.
More than 23.4 million people have been confirmed to have recovered. Which is great news. Though weary and exhausted, coronavirus survivors are heading back home to their families and are trying to get on with their lives. Bored Panda has collected some of the most inspiring photos of these brave Covid-19 survivors. The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said that the million coronavirus deaths were mind-numbing. “We must never lose sight of each and every individual life. They were fathers and mothers, wives and husbands, brothers and sisters, friends, and colleagues. The pain has been multiplied by the savageness of this disease,” Guterres said in a video message.
Bored Panda reached out to redditor Justcallmeseech whose dad, a former US Marine, fully recovered after battling Covid-19 for a month. "My dad is feeling back to normal! I felt so relieved and thankful to see that my dad has fully recovered. He was out of work for a month. He originally thought it was the flu but the way he endured it, it felt a lot worse than the regular flu," the redditor, who is in the military himself, revealed. Read on for our full interview with Justcallmeseech to learn about his dad's symptoms and what coronavirus-deniers should know.
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"The first symptom he felt was that he got chills at work. He worked as a corrections officer at the time doing desk duties. As the days passed by, more symptoms started popping up. Loss of appetite, body/muscle aches, headaches, sweating in his sleep, and topping it off with a 102°F fever," Justcallmeseech said.
He videochatted with his dad via WhatsApp and he looked rough, tired, and miserable, despite trying to get rest. "He told me it was probably the flu which he actually gets every other year for some reason. He got tested at the doctor's office and waited for the results, until a few days later he was notified that he tested positive. He was ordered to stay homebound."
Justcallmeseech's dad lives by himself, so the redditor's sister brought him goods to his door regularly. "A week after he got tested, he gradually started to feel better. I was stationed in Montana (military) at the time and checked up on him every few days. There was little I could do since I was stationed 2,000 miles away. I was really worried about him and I notified my chain of command that my dad was tested positive," he said.
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I wanted to show everyone how badly being sedated for 6 weeks on a ventilator or intubated can be. Amongst other things, Covid-19 reduced my lung capacity with pneumonia. Over 8 weeks I’ve been away from family and friends, getting stronger every day and working to increase my lung capacity. I’ll get back to where I was in healthier ways this time…. Maybe even do cardio.
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According to Justcallmeseech, he wouldn't want any coronavirus deniers or any of their loved ones to get ill with the coronavirus. "It's tough watching your loved ones [fall ill], especially someone that served in the Marines for 8 years and did 23 years of being a Corrections Officer. This could happen to anyone if you're not being careful. Just because you don't know anyone that has it, doesn't mean it isn't there," the redditor pointed out.
Justcallmeseech revealed to Bored Panda that he has family in the NYC area and they were greatly affected by the pandemic: they were stuck at home for what felt "like forever" and were only allowed outside for limited amounts of time. "Thankfully, none of them gotten the coronavirus," the redditor shared.
"My uncle, who lives in Queens, told me what it was like being in the epicenter of the epidemic. He lived not too far from Elmhurst hospital, which was bringing in patients like crazy and bodies were slowly piling up. He said it was hard not being in tears seeing how these chain of events were unfolding in his neighborhood. There even was a refrigerated truck with a trailer to keep deceased bodies because the hospital couldn't hold them. He was working from his home office for quite a while afterwards," Justcallmeseech shared the harrowing things his uncle saw.
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The World Health Organization warns that the Covid-19 death toll could reach 2 million before a vaccine is available globally.
Currently, there are multiple efforts to create vaccines for the novel coronavirus that has spread to 188 countries. The WHO predicts that widespread vaccinations shouldn’t be expected before Summer, 2021.
The coronavirus affects people differently. While the majority of individuals report either no symptoms at all or very mild ones, others find it to be a life-changing battle for their lives.
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For a minority of patients, their battle with the coronavirus seems unending. They’re victims of so-called ‘Chronic Covid’ (aka ‘Long Covid’) and feel the symptoms of the coronavirus for weeks and sometimes for months on end. Strangely enough, some of these people lived very healthy and active lifestyles before falling ill.
The most common symptoms of the coronavirus are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. However, other possible symptoms include sore throat, headache, the loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, and aches and pains. Some patients report much more serious symptoms like having difficulty breathing, chest pains, and even loss of speech or movement.
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The baby of the couple was delivered while Angola was under induced coma at the intensive care unit.
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I was shocked to have gone through this process because I’m fairly educated on this topic, meaning I took it very seriously. I haven’t eaten at a restaurant since March, declined invitations to outings, haven’t traveled, distanced myself from loved ones, haven’t seen my friends since March, wore a mask at all times, disinfected my items, & took care of my body. Yet, here I was laying in a hospital bed ALONE feeling like I was dying. Please take this seriously. I would hate for you to be in that hospital bed with your lungs collapsing or you bringing this upon someone.
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I am thankful to be about 85% better but I still have symptoms that are pretty limiting. I have come a long way and to be honest it’s been a really exhausting road.