After 10 difficult days in the hospital, 29-year-old Javier Lara has finally managed to fight off the virus, which has so far killed over 10,000 people across Spain.
When he had the first symptoms, he felt "panic" and wondered if he had passed the virus on to his eight-week-old daughter.
Despite his youth, healthy lifestyle, and the fact that he had no medical problems, it was "not an easy experience," he said.
"Can you imagine that you are 29 years old, playing sports, not smoking and hardly ever going to the doctor. You are in the intensive care unit with oxygen and no one in your family is allowed to see you," he said.
"It's a pretty shocking situation."
Lara, who lives in Seville, is one of a growing number of people who have recovered across Spain.
Spain has the second highest death toll in the world after Italy. So far, the virus has killed 10,003 people and the number of confirmed cases is over 110,000.
It is unusual for a 29-year-old to be so badly affected. The vast majority of patients are hospitalized from the age of 60.
Another man who was brought to the same hospital at the same time as him – a 70-year-old American tourist – died a few days later. His body was detained at the morgue more than a week before he was returned, a hospital worker told AFP.
– headache, no appetite –
Lara says he first showed symptoms on March 5.
"I started to feel uncomfortable, I wasn't very hungry and my head ached and two days later my temperature rose quite a bit."
A few days later, he went to a health center in Seville, where his glamping hub startup is located.
He had never been to China or Italy and did not know if he was in contact with anyone infected with the virus.
"They told me that they wouldn't test me under the guidelines of the Department of Health," he said, which was probably something else.
He went to work twice the next week, but made "all the necessary arrangements" at home to make sure that he didn't give everything he had to his wife and little daughter: use a mask, eat separately, and sleep alone .
"I panicked that my daughter would be infected," he admits.
"When I started to show symptoms, I said I would not hold them or go near them or change their diapers."
– "But will I die?" – –
When the fever and chills showed no signs of disappearing, he went to the hospital on March 13 in his hometown of Ronda, 130 kilometers southeast of Seville.
This time he was tested and the results showed "a rare, severe case of pneumonia in both lungs and very little immunity".
He tested positive and the hospital immediately transferred him to the intensive care unit.
"It was the worst moment in my life because there was so much uncertainty," he said.
"I asked them & # 39; will I die? Will I get better? & # 39 ;. And they said & # 39; we just don't know, this is so new & # 39 ;. It was a shock."
In the intensive care unit, they gave him lopinavir + ritonavir, two antivirals used to treat HIV patients that impair the ability of the virus to reproduce and attack the immune system.
The treatment worked and he was removed from the intensive care unit 48 hours later.
His breathing continued to improve, the fever dropped, and he was discharged from the hospital on March 23.
– Still breathless –
At home, he "lived a normal life" while being extremely careful about hygiene after warning him that the infection could remain in urine and feces for another 14 days.
Lara said some of his friends and acquaintances had mild symptoms, although none had been tested positive for the virus or taken to hospital.
And no one around him showed any symptoms, neither his wife, nor their daughter, nor their parents, who all had to go through quarantine.
So all of his precautionary precautions "to make sure no one was infected with the virus at home" seemed to have worked.
Although he felt good, he was told to stay between 30 and 60 days from work and he couldn't exercise, he said.
"And when I talk too much, I get a little breathless because you don't cure pneumonia overnight."
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