The longterm impacts COVID-19 might have on a person’s body are still unknown, but some who survive the virus are already being faced with drastic transformations.
A nurse in Boston who came down with the disease shared photos after being stuck in the hospital for six weeks, and they’re truly shocking.
Mike Schultz came into contact with the novel coronavirus at Winter Party Festival in Miami Beach, what we now know was a hotspot for the virus, with at least 38 attendees becoming sick in the following weeks.
After he returned to Boston with his boyfriend, Josh Hebblewaithe, both men became sick, and Schultz soon wound up in the hospital with a high fever and difficulty breathing.
He was ultimately hospitalized for six weeks, and intubated for four and a half.
“I thought only a week had gone by,” Schultz told BuzzFeed News.
At 43, Schultz was healthy prior to coming down with COVID-19. He weighed 190 pounds and worked out almost every day. But a recent photo tells a new story, showing just how harrowing the effects of coronavirus can be.
“I wanted to show everyone how badly being sedated for 6 weeks on a ventilator or intubated can be,” he wrote. “Amongst other things, covid19 reduced my lung capacity with pneumonia…I’ll get back to where I was in healthier ways this time…maybe even do cardio.”
Schultz says he’s dropped around 50 pounds in the two months since Winter Party, and the transformation of his body from physically fit to struggling to recover is beyond apparent.
“I was so weak. This was one of the most frustrating parts,” he said. “I couldn’t hold my cellphone; it was so heavy. I couldn’t type, because my hands shook so much.”
Schultz’s photos prompted shock as they were shared across social media.
It’s one thing to know that COVID-19 can wreak havoc on a person’s body, but seeing the physical transformation makes it so much more real.
Fortunately, Schultz has since been released from the hospital.
Though he notes that he still has “months of recovery” ahead of him.
“I knew what I thought going in [about the coronavirus]. I didn’t think it was as serious as it was until after things started happening. I thought I was young enough for it not to affect me, and I know a lot of people think that,” Schultz said, but obviously his tune has changed after his own experience. And now he wants to help others understand just how bad this can get.
“I wanted to show it can happen to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, have preexisting conditions or not. It can affect you.”