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Cleveland area family fights COVID-19 together

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Regardless of taking precautions, each mother and father & three daughters caught the virus, forc

BEACHWOOD, Ohio — Once we first met assistant nurse supervisor Jeff Woolf, he was working the COVID-19 testing traces for Cleveland Clinic. On the time, he stayed away from his household for 3 months to keep away from the chance of bringing the virus house.

He reunited with them on Father’s day, however six days later, what he feared got here true: He had contracted the coronavirus.

“It is an terrible situation, and I do not need anybody to take it mild[ly] as a result of you do not know how extreme you are going to get,” Jeff instructed 3News.

It began with headache and fatigue. He knew to get examined, and stayed away once more whereas awaiting outcomes.

However it was too late. The virus had quickly unfold to his household.

“As quickly as I began getting signs, they escalated actually shortly,” 15-year-old daughter Annie recalled, including her signs alongside along with her mother’s began with headache and fatigue. She then remembers feeling heavy and lightheaded every time she tried to get off the bed.

“I had lots of aches and pains and simply drained total,” 18-year-old sister Mary, who additionally developed a fever, stated. “I simply awoke someday and my head was hurting and I used to be getting physique aches and feeling actually awful and by the top of the day I had a low grade fever. My fever lasted about 4 or 5 days, it by no means acquired tremendous excessive however the entire time I used to be tremendous scared that I might worsen and find yourself within the hospital.”

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Mother and spouse Cori says she acquired it the worst.

“I used to be scared to demise that I used to be going to finish up within the hospital,” she remembered. “I had 12 days straight of fever, and it harm to breathe.”

“It was tougher to breathe, nevertheless it took a full week or two earlier than I began feeling like myself once more,” she stated.

17-year-old sister Emily’ signs differed. She by no means developed a fever, however actually felt the consequences.

“I had a fairly dangerous dry cough,” she stated. “I did lose my style and scent fairly severely. I am solely simply beginning to get it again now.”

The largest concern was for oldest daughter Megan. The 20-year-old has a uncommon autoimmune dysfunction, neuromyelitis optima, that requires chemotherapy.

When she was identified in 2016, she needed to isolate at house for 2 years. This time, she’s the one who left house to remain secure.

“It is loopy as a result of we had been all sporting masks and we have all been tremendous cautious and cautious,” she defined, “however that simply goes to indicate even if you happen to’re cautious it may well nonetheless have an effect on you,” Megan stated.

As quickly as Jeff thought he may need it, your complete household separated to totally different elements of the home, which can be why Megan did not get it. Her sister Emily desires individuals to grasp COVID-19 impacts individuals in a different way, and simply because her household had comparatively delicate instances doesn’t suggest different individuals can fare far worse. It is why she and her household hope individuals take the rules critically.

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Jeff misplaced three weeks of labor making an attempt to get better. Now, simply over a month later, the household remains to be feeling the after results, primarily fatigue.

“I am discovering it very tough to work for lengthy intervals of time,” Mary stated.

“There’s additionally a warmth intolerance that we’re going by means of so we simply get winded quicker I suppose,” Annie added.

Jeff believes he is probably the one who introduced the virus house, however he has no thought how. He was again managing the Clinic’s Beachwood Surgical procedure middle as an assistant nurse supervisor when he turned sick, now not on the COVID testing line.

Whereas Jeff cannot change what occurred, he and his household wish to be cautionary tales for others. This might have been a really totally different story in the event that they did not shield Megan.

Jeff’s additionally planning to present one thing else that the virus left behind.

“Since I did come down with this and I recovered from it, I’ll donate plasma,” he stated. In case there’s any immunity I now have, it might be able to assist another person.”

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