27 YEAR-OLD REPORTER’S MESSAGE AS A COVID PATIENT

Lyndsey Gough

We have been learning about this virus since “coronavirus” entered society’s vernacular.  One of many myths that has been disproved is that the virus is really only dangerous to the eldery or those with pre-conditions.  Four months in, we, as a society, still have to fight not only the virus but those pedaling damaging information which can have consequences.   The governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp is prohibiting local municipalities across his state from mandating that masks be worn in public to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

A small section of Georgia is one young reporter’s beat.

According to CNN, Lyndsey Gough is a weekend sports anchor and reporter for WTOC in Savannah. She has been sick since late June. She tested positive for Covid-19 on June 30, a week after she first felt flu-like symptoms. She was bedridden over the July 4th weekend. A few days later she wound up in the hospital with appendicitis, while still testing positive for Covid. She has been live-tweeting the experience. “My surgeon told me, essentially, coronavirus had been like a ‘lightning strike’ to my system,” she wrote Tuesday.

Gough is still in the hospital. “I’m making progress, but still in lots of pain and am weak,” she wrote. She has shared that: “COVID does NOT just affect the elderly. I’ve been sick every day since I turned 27. I’ve had ‘just the flu’ and it’s NOT that.” She went on: “Death isn’t the only thing that quantifies this. It’s been 3 weeks and I have no clear end in sight. I don’t say this for pity, but for transparency and hopes that people will take it seriously & be safe.” She added, “Hopefully I’ll be back reporting before you know it.”

Gough has been live tweeting her experiences in the hospital

At this point, she had COVID-19 for more than 15 days.

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