“I never thought, at 21, I would be on the verge of death,” he said.
At first, the infection looked just like the flu or a cold, he said, and the symptoms lasted for several 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 doctors perform several tests, including chest x-rays and CT scans to find the root of the problem. Everything came back clear, he says, but within 48 hours Rollyson was in the ICU.
“That’s when it all started to close,” he said. “In two days, my body quickly fell.”
The young man’s disturbing experience illustrates a point that health experts have highlighted when it comes to coronavirus in new groups of people. While many seem to go through infection without symptoms, there is still no word on how each individual will react to the virus.
Rollyson said doctors told him his body went into a hyperactive state trying to fight the coronavirus before suffering heart failure, acute respiratory failure and severe sepsis. Weeks after his recovery, Rollyson’s heartbeat is still being monitored and he is still on medication for his blood pressure. He says doctors have told him the medication will continue for at least another year.
“It almost extended my life a month ago,” he said. “So it’s not something to play with. Just be safe, wear masks, wash your hands.”
“I can’t push it enough.”