Nurse reveals what recovering from coronavirus is really like

Brooke Rolfe
News Reporter

An Intensive Care Unit nurse of eight years has revealed that recovering from coronavirus doesn’t always mean returning to perfect health and living life the same as before.

Cherie Antoinette, a nurse based in Atlanta, in the US state of Georgia, has shared just how gruelling the recovery process can be and how some people suffer side-effects of the disease for the rest of their lives.

“COVID-19 is the worst disease process I’ve ever worked with in my eight years as an ICU nurse. When they say ‘recovered’ they don’t tell you that that means you may need a lung transplant,” she wrote to Twitter.

“Or that you may come back after discharge with a massive heart attack or stroke because COVID makes your blood thick as hell. Or that you may have to be on oxygen for the rest of your life.

Cherie Antoinette (left) has shared how horrifying and long-term COVID-19 recovery can be. Source: Twitter/sheriantoinette

“COVID is designed to kill. It is a highly intelligent virus and it attacks everything. We will run out of resources if we don’t continue to flatten the curve. I’m exhausted.”

Thousands responded with experiences of their own, corroborating what Ms Antoinette wrote about how dangerous the deadly disease is.

A 24-year-old nurse who worked on the “COVID floor” at a hospital and contracted the virus said even two months after having it, she was still suffering from chest pain and shortness of breath.

“I’m a healthy, active 23-year-old and I still have significant lung damage two months after I’ve ‘recovered’,” someone else wrote.

Another victim said they went into acute kidney failure and needed dialysis after contracting COVID-19, and now had asthma, a chronic cough and an irregular heartbeat.

“I have conditions I never had before, plus I’m wiped all the time. I hope this gets better, but you are on the money. And, mine was considered a low-moderate case,” she wrote.

One woman said her son’s basketball coach contracted the virus and undertook two weeks of mandatory isolation before returning two negative tests.

He then however died in his sleep from a heart attack at age 54.

Others had experienced slightly less severe after-effects, but still had been hit hard by the virus.

“I'm just getting over a ‘mild’ case after over two months. There's scarring in my lower right lung and my stomach and digestion are a mess like never before. But I'm coughing way less and can take walks again,” one person wrote.

“Had it in March. Had a cough and a little fever and not much else. Life returned as normal after a week,” another said.

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