“I never thought, by 9 pm I would be on my way to death,” he said.
Originally, the infection seemed just like the flu or a cold, he said, and the symptoms lasted for a few days.
“About a week and a half, two weeks later, I started to feel bad,” he said.
Rollyson said he went to the emergency room with one 103.4-degree fever and the doctors performed several tests including x-rays and CT scans to find the root of the problem. Everything came clear again, he says, but within 48 hours Rollyson was at the ICU.
“That’s when everything started to shut down,” he said. “In two days, my body shrank rapidly.”
The young man’s harrowing experience illustrates one point health experts have stressed when it comes to coronavirus in young groups of people. Although many people seem to go through the infection without symptoms, there is still nothing to say how each individual responds to the virus.
Rollyson said doctors told him his body was in a hyperactive state and tried to fight the coronavirus before he suffered heart failure, acute respiratory failure and severe sepsis. Weeks after his recovery, Rollyson’s heart rate is still being monitored and he is still continuing on medication for his blood pressure. He says that the doctors have told him that the medication will probably continue for at least another year.
“It almost took my life a month ago,” he said. “So it’s not something to play with. Just be sure, wear your masks, wash your hands.”
“I can not call it enough.”