Coronavirus Patient Urges Social Distancing From Hospital Bed: 'Stay Away From Others'

March 16, 2020

As an Ohio man remains in the hospital, he wants to send out an important message to the world.

Kevin Harris is recovering from coronavirus and is urging others to take social distancing seriously as COVID-19 continues to spread, reported People.

Harris said he is “not out of the woods, but… better every day,” but it always wasn’t like that. He continues treatment at Mercy Health-St. Joseph Hospital in Warren, Ohio.

The coronavirus patient said in a Facebook Live video that his symptoms began on March 2 with a small cough, which then led to having body aches and a fever. He assumed it was the flu when he did not have a sore throat or runny nose.

“I never had any signs until the night… I started coughing,” he said. “That was the first sign and it went downhill in 24 hours, like gangbusters. I woke up several times thinking I was gonna die.”

He tested positive for coronavirus on March 11, making him the fifth confirmed case in the state of Ohio.

Speaking from his hospital bed with an oxygen hose in his nose, Harris emphasized how important it is for people to enact social distance from others.

“Do not go in the crowds. Do not shake hands. Stop hugging each other,” he said. “Wash your hands continually. Do not kiss on your kids. There are thousands of people carrying this virus around. They may never get it.”

Harris said that people need to stay away from others.

“People need to stay away from other people. They call it social distancing — I say just be anti-social. Just stay away from other people,” Harris said. “This thing is deathly dangerous. Treat everybody like it’s the zombie apocalypse. Don’t trust nothing anybody touches.”

“This thing is deathly dangerous,” he said. “Treat everybody like it’s the zombie apocalypse. Don’t trust nothing anybody touches.”

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