Austin American-Statesman photojournalist tests positive for coronavirus From a hospital bed, Austin American-Statesman photojournalist Lola Gomez shares her experience of testing positive for the coronavirus.
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People blame the media saying we’re creating panic but that’s not true. This is a real crisis affecting the entire world. People tend to not believe what is happening out there until they have someone close to them suffering the consequences. I want to share my story as a journalist to show no one is exempt from this. If they don’t believe the news, they should believe the people telling their own stories of suffering with this vicious illness. I’m dictating this from my hospital bed to a colleague who is helping me craft my story.
I stood six feet away when I spoke with runners, and sanitized everything I could. But from there, things started to go downhill. That night I developed a fever of nearly 102 degrees, but in the morning it was gone. But the following night, the fever came again, and, suddenly, the pain in my body was unbearable, as if a truck had hit me. Twice.