This 22-Year-Old Patient Proves That Being Young Doesn't Make You Immune To COVID-19
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it had been reported that the eldery and those with underlying health conditions are the most prone to the virus. This led to the early conclusion that perfectly healthy younger people had less to worry about. Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, with 32.9 million Twitter followers even tweeted the same rhetoric, saying, "Kids are essentially immune, but elderly with existing conditions are vulnerable."
This, of course, has since been disproven by World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who reiterated that the coronavirus does not discriminate. "You are not invincible,” he said as a warning to the youth. "This virus could put you in hospital for weeks, or even kill you… People under 50 make up a significant proportion of patients requiring hospitalization.”
A 22-year-old patient named Amy Shircel had to learn this sobering truth the hard way. The U.S.-based college student who tested positive for COVID-19 recently documented her harrowing experience on Twitter in hopes of getting her friends and followers to take the global pandemic seriously. In just under a week, her eye-opening thread has since garnered a little over 300,000 likes and 113,000 retweets.
“I’m 22 and I tested positive for COVID-19. Take it from me—you do NOT want to catch this,” her first tweet warned. “Hopefully hearing about my experience will help the rest of you to stay home (for real).” According to Amy, who at the time had just come home from a Europe trip, her symptoms on the first few days seemed bearable. “I had a fever, a mild cough, chills, headache, runny nose,” she wrote. Due to her travel history, she was immediately admitted for testing the next day.
Unfortunately, things quickly took a turn for the worse by the third day of her symptoms, which by then had included nausea, constant vomiting, and the inability to eat. “I couldn’t keep anything down,” Amy described. She received her test results on the fourth day, revealing that she was, indeed, positive with the dreaded disease. Weak and bed-ridden, it only took a day into her diagnosis before she’d convinced herself that she wouldn’t survive her battle. “I had never been this ill in my entire life. I was genuinely afraid I would die, because that is what it felt like.”
While continuing to observe strict quarantine guidelines, Amy’s condition progressively worsened. She reported feeling so catastrophically weak she couldn’t stand. She also spoke of dehydration, shortness of breath, and violent shivers. By the seventh day, Amy's frail condition landed her in the ER, feeling more fatigued than she'd ever been in her life. “I couldn’t eat for nine days. I was completely miserable.”
She began and ended her Twitter thread day 12 into her symptoms. While she revealed that she’d gained her appetite back, her major symptoms still remained.
“The end is nowhere in sight,” she said before ending with an important cautionary message to other young people like her. “A coronavirus diagnosis is dehumanizing and lonely, and I wouldn’t wish it upon my worst enemy. You aren’t invincible just because you’re in your 20s. Take it from me, and quarantine like your life depends on it (it might).”
The message that Amy left is loud and clear. Anyone, no matter how young or old, can get the virus. Age or seemingly perfect health sould not be reasons for us to let our guards down.
The best preventive measure is still for us to regularly wash our hands with soap. "To make it simple: Soap is made of fat, and the key that holds the virus together is the lipid layer on the outside. So to break the lipid layer, the soap will disassemble it and the virus falls apart," Ospital Ng Makati resident Dr. Margaret Pajanel explained in a interview with Preview.
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This story originally appeared on Preview.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.
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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song
By: CJ Reyno
Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?
Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.
You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.
As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”
I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend