Here Is How Coronavirus Can Wreck Your Body, Survivor Shares Shocking Photo

Grant Boone
May 23, 2020

Mike Schultz, a 43-year-old nurse from San Francisco, is one of 38 people who contracted the novel coronavirus after attending the Winter Party Festival in South Beach Miami in early March.

Mike Schultz, a nurse from San Francisco, weighed 190 pounds and worked out daily before he became sick.

But after dropping 50 pounds amid the ravages of COVID-19, Schultz chose to share two images to his 30,000 Instagram followers - one taken about a month before he fell ill, the other snapped at a Boston hospital. The post also included before and after photos documenting the dramatic change that his body went through during the ordeal.

He was given oxygen and sedated before being transferred to another hospital where he was intubated for more than four weeks.

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Soon after he was transferred to a major hospital and later intubated for nearly five weeks as doctors tried to beat the COVID-19 virus that had taken hold of his body. Several cases have since been linked to that festival. He told BuzzFeed just standing up to take the photo took a lot of effort. "I think I lost some of my taste", he said, "but it was good".

"I thought I was young enough for it not to affect me, and I know a lot of people think that", he confessed to BuzzFeed News.

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A couple of days after arriving in Beantown, Schultz began feeling very sick and headed to a hospital. The photo on the right was taken about a month before he was hospitalized, and the one on the left in a recovery ward.

Explaining to BuzzFeed how the virus had reduced his lung capacity significantly, he said: "I was so weak".

'I couldn't hold my cellphone, it was so heavy. "I couldn’t type, because my hands shook so much", he recalled.

He says he took his post-coronavirus photo once he felt strong enough to stand.

Schultz and Hebblethwaite celebrated his recovery with some McDonald's ice cream last week.

"I'm doing breathing exercises to get my lung capacity up, and plenty of exercises to stabilize my legs so I can finally walk without doing a penguin shuffle", he joked to Health. "I'll get back to where I was in healthier ways this time ... maybe even do cardio". When in Boston, he first had the symptoms and was burning up from a 103-degree fever. Some people can develop a more severe illness.

Though he knew about the virus, Schultz told BuzzFeed News because he was young and had no pre-existing conditions, he figured he could risk a trip to see his boyfriend, 29-year-old DJ Josh Hebblethwaite, perform at the festival.

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