COVID patient tells her story

    Donna Pratt, patient in the Critical Care at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Donna Pratt wanted to tell her story to educate fellow Juneau residents about the dangers posed by COVID-19.

    Pratt returned from a trip to Anchorage during the first weekend in July.  She felt symptoms similar to a sinus cold.

    Her health condition continued to worsen to the point that she could not breathe.

    She was hospitalized and tested positive for COVID-19.

    "This is not a joke.  This is not a conspiracy.  It's real life and I am living it," she added.

    Pratt urged the community to take the virus seriously.

    "I am fighting for my life.  Take this COVID seriously,  Even if you think you are in a safe community, take precautions."

    She encouraged Juneau residents to wear masks in public and questioned whether they should go to high-risk locations.

    She said residents should think about the safety of others, their children, and elders.

    "It is a horrible disease.  You don't get it overnight.  Even after I am well enough to go home it will take months for me to feel 100 percent."


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