Andrew Watt, who produced Ozzy Osbourne's latest album, "Ordinary Man", says that he has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Watt said he received his test results yesterday.
As of earlier today, Andrew has "begun to have somewhat of an appetite again" but says that it is "very hard" for him to breathe, according a statement posted to Instagram.
Watt, who isn't sure how he contracted the virus, says he got his diagnosis after being tested by a private doctor.
His full statement reads as follows:
"Yesterday I was given the results that I am positive for COVID-19. I wanted to tell you all about my journey getting here in an effort to bring awareness to the severity of what's happening in the world...
"12 days ago, early morning of March 6th, I started feeling like I was hit by a bus. I couldn't move out of my bed for days and started to run a fever. I was seen by a doctor at my house who told me I am positive for the regular flu and there's no way I could have COVID-19 as I haven't left the country and all I do is go to the studio and go straight home. I told all my friends I had been working with and anyone close to me that I'm laid out with the flu and quarantined myself...none of them even had a sniffle ...
"I was put on tamiflu and constant Tylenol to fight the fever... but the chills, sweats , and fevers did not stop. I started to become delusional and then began the dry cough....I immediately rushed to the emergency room and begged to be tested for COVID-19 as this 'flu' was not subsiding. I was turned down for the test because of federal regulations. I begged and pleaded to be evaluated and finally was given a chest x ray...the results of which were Viral Pneumonia...but still...No Test. A private doctor was finally able to test me himself and yesterday afternoon it came back Positive for COVID-19...
"Currently...My fevers have gotten much much better and I have begun to have somewhat of an appetite again but it is very hard for me to breathe as a result of this pneumonia.. I am laid out in bed chugging gatorade and using an oxygen machine to give my lungs as much relief as possible.
"I am 29 years old. I am a healthy young man and I am going to get through this no matter what. I am going to make a full recovery... But...there are so many people in my life and in the world that could possibly not get through this due to their age and/or a compromised immune system... this is why I am writing this post.
"I can't stress this enough...This is not a joke. Stay inside, stay sanitized. Please stop everything and take care of yourselves And the people you love around you, until we are all through this.
"To have the mentality 'I'm young this can't affect me' is just straight up stupid and so dangerous to everyone around you. Social distancing is to protect someone's mom and dad, someone's grandmother...it's not about you. It's about everyone together fighting this as a team. Stay safe. Now more than ever...
"Okay. I'm going back to Men in Black III.
There is no known cure yet for the flu-like virus, which originated in China.
Officials have made it clear that the elderly — especially those with heart, lung and immunological conditions — are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus, with at least 25 deaths linked to one nursing home in Washington.
In Italy, which has one of the oldest populations in the world, one hundred percent of the people who have died have been over 60, and the vast majority over 80.
According to the Centers For Disease Control And Protection (CDC), coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person — between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet), and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
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