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COVID-19 almost got me

By Jeremiah Steen
On December 7, 2022

The coronavirus has impacted millions of people around the world and it almost killed me.

Nearly 6.63 million people died from COVID-19 and there are over 643 million confirmed cases. Unfortunately, I was one of the 643 million confirmed cases due to poor judgment and my increased need to go have a good time after remaining quarantined for a year and a half.

I was locked in the house and rarely got out of bed. I learned how to knit, binge watched over 15 shows and gained over 50 pounds. This was a very depressing time in my life and I promised myself that when quarantine ended I would not take a single day for granted.

When quarantine ended, bars, restaurants and movie theaters started opening. I was a little hesitant to start mingling with people again, however I knew my time was going to come.

My best friend invited me to a party and I looked up to the sky and had a private conversation with God.

I quietly whispered, “this is my moment.” I purchased a new outfit, got a haircut and I even cleaned out my car; I was ready to party.

I get to the party at a local club in Greektown. There were so many people there, but I had a few drinks, started dancing, took off my mask and all my worries went away.

I woke up the next morning with a headache, but I had a smile on my face.

A few days after the party, I woke up with a fever and coughing — gasping for air. Also, I kept losing my balance. My mom picked me up from my apartment and took me to the hospital.

On the way there my friend called me and said that a lot of the people who went to the party have COVID-19 and he suggested that I get tested. I was furious, but when the doctors confirmed that I had the virus I burst into tears.

I spent a week in the hospital alone, on-and-off a ventilator and worried that I would never see my family again.

Thankfully, I made a full recovery and my family greeted me with smiles and Lysol spray.

COVID-19 is a horrid virus that is still impacting people.

I urge everyone to remain healthy and consider getting vaccinated — if you haven’t already.

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