Coronavirus: Saskatchewan athlete Brock Weston recounts falling ill with COVID-19
|globalnews.ca 26 Mar 2020 at 12:22|
Weston is self-isolating in the basement of his parents’ house while they stay upstairs. He said he’s sharing the story of his symptoms and diagnosis so others will take the virus seriously, stay home and think of others.
COVID-19 certainly slowed him down, he said.
“I had absolutely no sense of smell and no taste. I had no appetite for five days. I lost over 10 pounds.
“I kind of got this migraine that just carried over four or five days that made my eyes just hurt. Couldn’t look to left, right, up, down.”
Weston said he’s now feeling almost 100 per cent, after lots of sleep and liquids.
And he’s helping out on the farm.
“It’s a little easier on the farm because I can stay six feet away from Dad outside.”
Weston is not entirely sure where he contracted the virus, but believes it was while he was in Nashville on a spring break with friends.
He has to have two negative test results to be out of quarantine. The first test is set for Saturday.
Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:
Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers across Canada are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. In Saskatchewan, international travellers are already required to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return to the province.
Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities .
To , experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.