JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Frue McAvoy is a 33-year-old well being coach who used to run as much as 10 miles a day and has no underlying well being points.
However he’s not vaccinated and is at the moment combating for his life with a extreme case of COVID-19, which medical doctors imagine is the delta variant.
“By no means in one million years did I believe it could make it or it could have an effect on me,” McAvoy instructed News4Jax on Monday.
On June 24, McAvoy mentioned, he and his girlfriend went to the hospital with a excessive fever. He mentioned they have been discharged the identical day and given oxygen screens. Three days later, McAvoy mentioned, issues went downhill rapidly for him.
“I keep in mind I collapsed, and my girlfriend put an oxygen reader on my finger, and it measured 56%,” McAvoy recalled. “He known as 911 and rushed me to Baptist.”
McAvoy mentioned he was instantly taken to the intensive care unit beneath 24/7 supervision.
“They instructed my father that they did not suppose he would make it that evening,” he mentioned.
Whereas within the ICU, McAvoy mentioned, he developed pneumonia. He mentioned he was lastly capable of go dwelling on Saturday, however not with no nurse, an oxygen masks and a machine that he has to make use of 24/7. With out oxygen, your ranges are nonetheless under 80%.
Whereas battling the coronavirus, McAvoy’s finest good friend misplaced the identical struggle at age 36.
“We should be extra conscious that he begins carrying masks once more,” McAvoy mentioned.
He additionally mentioned that he encourages folks to get vaccinated.
“Do it. Get it,” he mentioned.
As COVID-19 instances are rising within the Jacksonville space, Dr. Mohammed Reza, an infectious illness specialist, mentioned native hospitals are overwhelmed. He compares it to being on fireplace, saying that everybody ought to assist put out that fireside by getting vaccinated.
“If we won’t handle the variety of sufferers coming via our door and it is overwhelming our workers and infecting workers with COVID, we won’t serve the sufferers who are available with basic items,” Reza mentioned.
Reza mentioned extra variants will proceed to kind if folks do not get vaccinated as a result of viruses mutate.
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