The top public health official in Marin County, Dr. Matt Willis, announced two weeks ago that he quarantined himself at home with a new corona virus case, and now he appears on the other side to illustrate direct experience.
“I was diagnosed 16 days ago,” Willis said in a YouTube video posted Monday. “And finally today I can get out of isolation. This is my fourth day without fever and my symptoms are improving.”
Reading from the prepared statement, Willis said he was initially optimistic that it would be a mild case. “I underestimate how serious my illness is. I developed a viral pneumonia that made me sleep for about 12 days with fever, cough, chest tightness and fatigue. On the 10th day of my illness, I spent time in one of our hospitals.” emergency department because I experience shortness of breath. The emergency department was calm and efficient, and they were ready to take care of me while making sure everyone on the team remained safe. calm … to see our system working properly. “
“I’m relatively healthy,” Dr. Willis. “But I need help with almost everything at home. I know that if I’m weaker, or older … things might not go well. This experience reinforces for me how important it is to take aggressive action to protect ourselves themselves … and our health workers. “
Willis notes that when he emerged from his own personal COVID-19 case, he was proud to see how the Bay Area flattened the curve.
“At Marin, we have had a total of 23 COVID hospitalizations, today,” Willis said. “We are clearly trapped in this pandemic, but we don’t see the surge we expect before we make a radical decision to take refuge in place … Hard times will come because cases will increase. But looking around we see victory in some of our first and foremost battle … This disease has been humbling. But it also taught me that less can be more because this virus runs by itself, and to lower it is protective. “
In addition to returning to work, Willis said that he was looking forward to sitting down to eat with his family again, downstairs in his home.