KANSAS CITY, mo. – A 20-year-old Manhattan woman hospitalized with COVID-19 hopes her story will go home with young people who don’t take the virus seriously.
Cecilia Erker first noticed a loss of taste in early July and didn’t think too much. However, when she woke up the next day, she had all the classic symptoms.
“I’ve never been more ill in my life,” Erker said. “I felt like I was hit by a bus, I had a 102 degree fever, I was coughing, vomiting.”
The bay window is isolated at home, but he did not succeed. She embarked on several trips to the ER in Manhattan, undergoing computed tomography and chest x-rays. She learned that she had developed a secondary lung infection.
Doctors said she needed more intensive care, and she was sent to the University of Kansas Medical Center, where she spent three days in KSK and five days in isolation on the COVID wing.
She has developed a secondary infection and will undergo surgery to remove most of her lungs next week.
Bayer said she lived an active and healthy lifestyle before taking the positive test.
“I never thought I̵7;d find myself in a situation where I would be in two weeks from the age of 21 and basically lose my lungs,” Erker said.
Bayer described the experience as intimidating, but she hopes it will hit the house of those who don’t take the virus seriously.
“It’s very real; nothing is invincible, no one has immunity. Whether you’re young, old, healthy,” Erker said.
The bay window is one of a growing number of young people across the country. Missouri and Kansas show the highest number of cases in the 20-30 age group.
Medical Director of Infection Control and Prevention of the Health System of the University of Kansas dr. Dana Hawkinson said the meetings were most likely to blame.
“If we remember wearing masks and gathering in small groups, certainly less than 10 are much safer in smaller groups than in larger groups, we can really start reducing the spread of the disease,” Hawkinson said.
Erker expects others to think about her story when she thinks in opposition to such advice.
“I went out to restaurants, I had an account with friends. Now I pay the price for it and I’m sorry about that. If I could take it back, I would,” Erker said.