How about a little good news during this awful pandemic? People have been really concerned about their loved ones who are most susceptible to this virus, and that means grandparents, almost always.
Ian Hornby had a big scare when his grandfather was taken to hospital with pneumonia.
It turned out he had coronavirus.
But despite the odds being against him, Ian’s grandad pulled through
And kicked COVID-19 to the curb!
Ian posted the video of his grandad leaving the hospital on Twitter and it’s
so heartwarming to watch!
It features the hospital workers clapping for him as he is finally discharged, he thanks them as he walks down the hall and he revels in his hard, well-earned victory.
He expresses his appreciation while limiting contact. He likely can’t get COVID-19 a second time, but the data on that is still inconclusive.
“Health officials in South Korea say it’s unlikely these patients got reinfected with COVID-19 a second time since they’re testing positive for a second time so soon, but rather that some people with COVID-19 may be experiencing a viral reactivation.
Health experts in the United States don’t think a reactivation of COVID-19 is likely since we’ve never observed viral reactivation in other coronaviruses.”
Still, after a hardfought ten days of suffering with the virus, I think he’s earned a quick highfive! (followed by a quick hand sanitization)
Seriously, it’s a powerful video to watch. Ten days of being unsure whether or not you’d make it out of the hospital alive would be utterly terrifying for anyone, let alone when your family can’t even come to visit you.
It’s clear that people weren’t expecting this 78 year old fighter to make it, considering the response he got for beating it and fighting his way to freedom.
But the fight isn’t over for this brave man or the healthcare workers.
The healthcare workers will still be pulling crazy long shifts and putting their lives at risk every day, even when they’re following protocol.
And Ian’s grandad will still have to continue limiting contact and self-isolating, staying vigilant and making sure the virus doesn’t rear its ugly head back around at him.
We’re all rooting for you guys, stay strong!
Things are admittedly a mess right now, but I think we need to be conscious of how we operate moving forwards in the new normal after the virus. It’s not enough to thank these essential employees, and we’re making them into martyrs and heroes without ever really asking them how they feel about it.
We need to reevaluate how we value members of our society and maybe work towards better treatment of important workers who we’ve otherwise taken for granted. Next time you see a Karen yelling at a grocery store till worker, consider how hard they’ve been working through this crisis, and stand up for what’s right!
He’s strong indeed, Ian, we’re glad you have your grandad back, safe and sound. We can’t imagine what you and your family have gone through up to this point!
Watch the video below for a little perk up just to see how good it feels to walk out of the hospital COVID-free after suffering for ten long, excruciating days.
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