Local paramedic speaks on his experience fighting COVID-19
The Coronavirus hit close to home in our local medical community.
AMR Paramedic and Deputy Chief Charles Wise is back at work this week after suffering from COVID-19 since mid-March.
After posting the news of his positive diagnosis on Facebook, Charles received numerous support from the local community as he sat in isolation at the hospital and at home for 14 days.
Now, as he continues to recover, News 25 spoke with Charles about his experience with the virus. He says it was the most sinister illness he’s ever had. “On the 19th of March I started feeling ill, thinking more that it was going to be the pollen in the air with my allergies. Over that weekend I noticed it got worse. That Thursday I went to the hospital because I could not breath. I mean, I was really having a severe time breathing, but after the regimen of antibiotics I was placed on after about 36 hours I felt a total difference in my whole body.”
Charles said he wouldn’t compare the Coronavirus to the flu, but rather pneumonia because of the severe shortness of breath, a feeling of smothering, and the inability to do regular daily activities.