An American university student who contracted COVID-19 has urged her generation to observe social distancing rules.
Shira Karp spoke about her experience on Wednesday (March 25) while recovering from the virus.
She fell ill after returning from a university trip in Ireland early on March 10th, with a fever of 39.3 Celsius (102.8 Farenheit). She was first prescribed flu medication, but was admitted to an emergency unit the next day after she started having chest pains.
X-rays revealed her left lung had filled with fluid which left her with major piercing pains around her heart. She was tested and told that she had the virus a day later.
Karp said she was admitted to intensive care and was put on an oxygen machine as her pneumonia worsened, leaving her unable to walk even the short distance to a bathroom without suffering intensive coughing.
Her parents flew from Texas to visit her, but were limited to two visits and could only see her through a window.
The undergraduate in a private university in Fort Lauderdale urged people to stick with social distancing measures, warning the young were not protected from the serious effects of the virus.
“I see people still on the beaches in Florida. I know social distancing is hard… (but) as hard as it is and as much as it sucks, we need to distance ourselves from people so that this virus can go away,” she warned.
The U.S. coronavirus death toll topped 1,000 on Wednesday (March 26).
(Production: Yi Shu Ng, Jim Hatley)
COURTESY: SHIRA KARP