- The 28-year-old coronavirus denier, who spent 69 in an ICU bed after contracting COVID-19, now faces several months of grueling rehabilitation therapy.
- The patient has to walk and balance himself, and things like brushing his hair and going to the bathroom by himself are not possible.
- The woman thought she would not be infected so she was younger – she did not wear a mask, and she admits she was “irresponsible”.
If ever there was time for the whole world to put their differences together and work together, this is it. The novel coronovirus is so contagious that everyone should be part of it to limit the spread. But the sad truth is that this is not happening. People want to return to their normal lives, no matter what the risk. Some disregard the rules as to what exactly is the worst case scenario. Others deny the danger, thinking foolishly either that COVID-19 is a hoax, or that the virus cannot infect or kill them. We have seen lots of examples of coronaviruses that are experiencing the worst case scenario. But even then, many people are still willing to ignore security measures such as social disturbances and face masks, which can significantly reduce the risk of transmission.
The latest example of how the epidemic cannot be approached involves a 28-year-old mother, who has been in the shop for months after rehab. He spent 69 days in bed after contracting the virus, and now has to quit walking. She cannot even comb her hair and it will take several months for her health to improve.
The story comes from Spain, proving that ignorance and irresponsibility are not limited to the United States. Vanessa Martinez was admitted to the ICU with COVID-19 on 22 April, at a time when Spain was still reeling from a massive COVID-19 outbreak. The country that shared that tile with Italy was the epicenter of the epidemic for weeks. Both countries have been able to scale the curve to a great extent, although new outbreaks are always possible.
It is clear here that the woman was infected at a time when the whole world was well aware of the dangers of COVID-19. Nevertheless, Martinez ignored safety rules and did not wear a face mask.
After 69 days in the ICU, Martinez was taken to a regular hospital on 29 June, but the story did not end there. “It’s one day after the next after the next,” he told El pes. “I was irresponsible.”
He never thought he could get the virus. She was asked to become a nursing assistant during the early weeks of the epidemic. “He told me that he needed people, although I had no experience, it was easy. I said yes despite the risk because I needed to work for my daughter,” the woman told her. Lei came to Spain from Honduras in 2015 in search of a means to treat Down syndrome.
“I was not careful. I was walking without a mask. I was young, why would I get infected? And I’m here, “said Martinez.
He was admitted to the hospital on 5 April, but he remembers nothing but fever and fatigue. On 17 April, she was taken to a different hospital due to complications. He became one of the most serious and longest ICU COVID-19 cases at Gregorio Maranone Hospital. While in the ICU, he received a tracheotomy and a urinary catheter. The latter was not removed until late July.
She had been sleeping for a long time, and doctors used strong sedation to relax her muscles. She loses muscle to the point where she cannot keep her head or walk. Other organs including his eyes have also been affected.
“For three months, they’ve been washing me with a sponge bath, and until a while ago, I couldn’t even go to the bathroom alone. They’re putting diapers on me … diapers,” she told the paper.
One of the physicians treating her said that the rehabilitation period would easily take eight months, and she could still experience health issues after that. Like Martinez, other patients will undergo similar recovery therapy at the same hospital than you would expect to spend in the hospital for treatment of an infectious disease.