A person who denied the severity of the coronavirus is now preventing for his life after he contracted the lethal virus.
Paul Russell was a conspiracy theorist who thought the virus was a ploy and would “disappear the day after the election”.
The long-distance truck driver modified his opinion when he was down with the virus.
Whereas he survived the virus, it has severely broken his physique, maybe completely. He can also’t work.
“I’m gonna be on oxygen the remainder of my life, in line with my physician,” he stated.
Paul admits that he was mistaken about coronavirus: “Earlier than I got here down with the virus, I used to be a type of jackasses who thought the virus would disappear the day after the election. I used to be a type of conspiracy theorists.”
However that every one modified in November final yr when he was on a run from Florida again dwelling to Boise, Idaho, through Texas.
“I didn’t know if I used to be contaminated with Covid or what,” he informed the Idaho Statesman. “My buddy was about an hour behind me. He caught up with me in Twin Falls. … He informed me I didn’t look superb in any respect.”
By the point he was admitted to St. Luke’s Well being System hospital, it was contact and go. He says that at one level he believed he was visited by his lifeless father.
At one level throughout his two-week intensive care ordeal, a nurse referred to as his spouse for him and put her on speaker cellphone. She informed him how a lot she liked him.
“As a result of she didn’t know if I used to be gonna make it by means of the evening,” he stated.
“That was the evening I received the go to from my dad,” he added. “My dad’s been gone for about three years.”
Paul stated he believed former US President, Donald Trump, when he informed a rally in Lumberton, North Carolina, on October 24th that, “By the best way, on November 4, you will not hear about [Covid-19] anymore.”
Having learnt his lesson, Paul warned sceptics, saying: “All these individuals which can be saying that it’s faux, blah blah blah, they’re mendacity to themselves.”
Although Paul, 63, survived with assist from an experimental therapy, he fears he could by no means absolutely recuperate.
He stated: “Covid gave me a foggy reminiscence, it gave me…I often have speech issues.”
Scans of Paul’s lungs present extreme scarring. Paul says he additionally suffers from fixed ache in a number of totally different components of his physique. He additionally has dizzy spells and his coronary heart races when he will get as much as do something.