SAN FRANCISCO – A San Francisco nurse who spends almost every day in the gym showing hers before and after photos to show how the capture of COVID-19 dramatically affected his body. Mike Schultz said he wanted it to serve as a warning of how serious the corona virus could be.
Bay Area NBC Report Schultz, 43, is 190 pounds and is very fit. He also told BuzzFeed News that he did not have an underlying health condition. But he lost 50 pounds after spending six weeks in the hospital. Almost all of the time it uses a ventilator.
“When I first saw myself, I was like ‘wow,’ I felt like … I looked like a skull,” Schultz said.
Screenshot of Mike Schultz’s Instagram account. The San Francisco nurse said this was a before and after photo of her battle with COVID-19.
Schultz told BuzzFeed that he spends six to seven days a week in the gym before a virus attacks him. Selfies taken from identical angles – show significant loss of muscle mass. One was taken about a month before he was ill, the other was taken while he was on the recovery ward.
“I am very weak. This is one of the most frustrating parts,” Schultz said BuzzFeed. “I can’t hold my cellphone. It’s so heavy. I can’t type because my hands vibrate so much.”
Schultz too posted on Instagram that it has reduced lung capacity due to pneumonia that comes with COVID-19.
Schultz said he thought he had a virus when he flew to Miami Beach in early March for the Winter Party, a six-day music festival and dance. Schultz said he thought there was a chance he could contract the virus, but thought it would not be worse than a cold.
That Miami Herald reported 38 people who attended the festival were ill, some of whom tested positive for COVID-19. Two people died.
“I just hope that the pictures before and after I just show you that this is serious and can happen to you,” he said.
For most people, coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that disappear in two to three weeks. For some people, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, can cause more severe illness or death.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
to request modification Contact us at Here or [email protected]