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'I Wish I Could Do Something for You,’ My Doctor Said

That is the title of this powerful opinion piece at the NY TImes Website.

The subtitle reads Young, healthy people like me are getting very, very sick from the disease caused by the coronavirus.”

The author is Mara Gay, a member of the Times editorial board, who has had frequent appearances on MS-NBC.

Her powerful piece begins like this:

The day before I got sick, I ran three miles, walked 10 more, then raced up the stairs to my fifth-floor apartment as always, slinging laundry with me as I went.
The next day, April 17, I became one of the thousands of New Yorkers to fall ill with Covid-19. I haven’t felt the same since.

A few paragraphs down we read

The second day I was sick, I woke up to what felt like hot tar buried deep in my chest. I could not get a deep breath unless I was on all fours. I’m healthy. I’m a runner. I’m 33 years old.

Gay never had to go on a ventilator.

She had a strong support system, including people with medical expertise.

After telling us she didn’t need a ventilator, she writes

I survived. But 27 days later, I still have lingering pneumonia. I use two inhalers, twice a day. I can’t walk more than a few blocks without stopping.