A young, fit South Korean coronavirus patient said he contracted the deadly illness despite “overusing hand sanitizer” and taking several health precautions — as he warns others not to be “stupidly overconfident.”
Hyun Park, a 48-year-old university professor, wrote in a Facebook post that he wanted to share his experience as a lesson to help “friends and loved ones to ward off the highly contagious virus.”
Park said that he lived a healthy lifestyle so he was “stupidly overconfident” about his chances of getting infected.
“I was a healthy guy going to gym 5 times a week, washing hands all the time, and overusing hand sanitizer, and staying in Coronavirus-free area,” he said. “So, I was naive and stupid to think that it is not my problem.”
But last month, on Feb. 21, he began to experience a “very mild” sore throat as well as a dry cough, which quickly progressed into discomfort in his chest.
Within days, Park said he began to have trouble breathing so he decided to get tested for COVID-19 on Feb. 24.
The next day — four days after he displayed initial mild symptoms; the test came back positive and he was hospitalized due to the severity of his condition.
“Since then, my condition were [sic] up and down several times a day,” Park wrote.
But following eight days of hospitalization, he finally tested negative for COVID-19; placing him on the path to recovery, he said.
After the reality check, Park is now cautioning others to take the virus that has infected more than 196,000 people worldwide seriously.
“We need to stay healthy and positive to keep our condition well and immune system high,” he wrote. “Fear and panic do not help us at all. And also, we should not take this [lightly].”