WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A coronavirus survivor shared a shocking before-and-after image that captured the toll the disease took on his body.
- Mike Schultz, 43, had no underlying health conditions, pumped iron almost every day and weighed about 190 pounds before he got sick.
- But after six weeks in the hospital, he dropped 50 pounds and his strapping body was turned into an emaciated shell.
A coronavirus survivor has shared a harrowing image that captured the toll the disease has taken on his body after six weeks in the hospital.
Mike Schultz, 43, is a nurse from San Francisco, California. He had no underlying health conditions and pumped iron almost every day. He weighed about 190 pounds before he got sick, BuzzFeed News reported.
But after COVID-19 put him in the hospital for six weeks, he dropped 50 pounds and looked incredibly different — so he decided to share the before and after images to his 30,000 Instagram followers.
The left picture was taken about a month before he contracted the disease, and the other was taken at a Boston hospital.
His strapping body was turned into an emaciated shell.
Schultz told BuzzFeed, “I wanted to show it can happen to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, have pre-existing conditions or not. It can affect you.”
Schultz shared that simply standing up to take the photo had exhausted him: “I couldn’t hold my cellphone — it was so heavy. I couldn’t type, because my hands shook so much.”
He had traveled to Boston to visit his boyfriend, Josh Hebblethwaite, 29, and arrived on March 14. He then began feeling symptoms. When he went to the hospital on March 16, he had a 103-degree fever and his lungs were already filled with liquid.
He was given oxygen and then sedated. Later on he was transferred to a larger hospital, where he was intubated for four and a half weeks.
Hebblethwaite shared, “About four weeks in, the nurses were nice enough to FaceTime with him. It was pretty much like he was in a coma. It was definitely scary. But I was so happy to see him at that point.”
A week before Schultz’s hospitalization, the couple had traveled to Miami Beach for a festival where at least 38 people later tested positive for COVID-19 — three of which have died, BuzzFeed reported.
Schultz shared, “We knew it was out there. There were no real restrictions in place, though. No lockdowns. We just thought, ‘Well, we gotta wash our hands more and be wary of touching our face.’”
He admitted that he initially dismissed the disease as not “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.”
After finally being released from the hospital, Schultz decided to celebrate by eating two double cheeseburgers, small fries, and a strawberry shake.
“It did taste different,” he shared, “I think lost some of my taste, but it was good.”
Source: New York Post