OTR truck driver who “thought the Covid-19 virus would disappear” after election will need oxygen for the rest of his life
Story by: AUDREY DUTTON
The long-haul truck driver Paul Russell was driving back to Boise from Florida, by way of Houston. It was early November, and somewhere along his route, the OTR trucker caught the coronavirus. – According to the article in idahostatesman.com
Russell, 63, knew he was sick by the time he crossed into Idaho.
“I didn’t know if I was infected with COVID or what,” he said. “My buddy was about an hour behind me. He caught up with me in Twin Falls. … He told me I didn’t look very good at all.”
Now, Russell said, he can’t work anymore. The long-haul trucker has become a COVID-19 “long hauler.” He survived the virus, but it did long-term damage to his body.
“I’m gonna be on oxygen the rest of my life, according to my doctor,” he said.
Russell once thought the coronavirus wasn’t a real threat. He didn’t believe in masks. All that has changed.
“Before I came down with the virus, I was one of those jackasses who thought the virus would disappear the day after the election. I was one of those conspiracy theorists,” he said
Read the full and original story HERE at idahostatesman.com
St. Luke’s was one of about 60 sites around the world to offer patients like Russell a chance to get the experimental drug between June and January. Thanks to @karensmiller1, Cleary Waldren and Mr. Russell himself for talking with us. https://t.co/7vchNMmpsz
— Audrey Dutton (@audreydutton) March 9, 2021
Source and credits: Idaho Statesman
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