(London) Infection with coronavirus in ten months: forty positive tests and seven hospitalizations later, Dave Smith, 72-year-old Briton, talks about surviving the test, which is considered the longest COVID-19 infection in the world. …
“I pray (ice) all the time, ‘The next one will be negative, the next one will be negative,’ but it never was,” the driving instructor told the BBC about his PCR tests. Bristol Retreat (South West England).
Dave Smith was infected in March 2020, at the start of the first wave of the pandemic in the United Kingdom, and remained active for about 300 days. Her immune system was weakened by leukemia, which was treated with chemotherapy in 2019.
“My energy level dropped quickly, I couldn’t lift anything else,” he recalls. “I once coughed for five hours without stopping […], from 5.00 to 10.00, without a break. Imagine the stress this puts on your body. ”
His growth was about 117 kilograms, but during his illness he melted more than 60 kilograms. “I was ready to give up,” and I’m ready to die, ”he says. “My wife started organizing the funeral five times,” he explains to the daily. The keeper…
“At one point I was bedridden for two or three months. My wife had to wash and shave me in bed because I couldn’t get up. ”
Dave Smith finally tested negative 45 days after being treated for compassionate treatment with an experimental cocktail made from the American Regeneron group, not licensed in the United Kingdom. It’s the same with former US President Donald Trump.
The good news is that he and his wife celebrated with champagne. “We don’t usually drink, but that night we poured out the bottle,” he said.
“It feels like a new life,” although “I’m not 100% (in my shape) because COVID-19 destroyed my lungs, I was quickly out of breath.”
His case is being studied by the University of Bristol.