S. Korean student tests positive for COVID-19 on Mar. 25
This is a video diary he uploaded in his days at the hospital
I was diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier today and this my first day at the hospital.
I was in the U.S. to study as an exchange student for the semester. But, my school was shut down mid way through the program, due to the worsening COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S.
After returning to Korea, I was spending my days at home in self-quarantine when I heard the news that a friend of mine who I lived with in the U.S. had tested positive for COVID-19. So, I went to a drive-through testing center to get myself checked out this morning and was diagnosed with COVID-19. Now, I’ve been admitted to a hospital.
Day spent in a negative pressure room
There isn’t much I can do aside from eating, sleeping, and getting tested periodically, because I’m stuck in my hospital room.
I am feeling very well at the moment, and have almost no symptoms whatsoever.
That’s the machine which keeps the air pressure in the room lower than the outside environment. It runs 24 hours a day and can be quite loud.
I want to talk about the hard work being put in by the medical staff that I’ve seen here.
The workers here put on protective equipment and go around testing patients starting at 6 AM, taking their temperature, blood pressure and blood oxygen level. Because of the risk of patient-to-patient transmission, they have to undergo disinfection every time they test a patient before moving onto the next one, so it takes lot of hard work. Test are carried out three times a day and they also bring food and water to us.
The patients are checked and monitored thoroughly, and doctors visit me several times a day for examinations.
Remembering the sacrifice
of S. Korea’s medical workers
on the frontline of patient care
I was tested on day 10 after my diagnosis
and unfortunately, the results came back positive.
I’m hoping to be released from the hospital before April 15 at the latest
I want to give others hope by getting healthy again and leaving the hospital.
We pray for the full and speedy recovery of all COVID-19 patients