Nurse reveals dramatic muscle loss after 6-week fight with COVID-19
By Josh K. Elliott Global News
Posted May 20, 2020 2:25 pm
Mike Schultz, 43, is shown before (left) and after his COVID-19 diagnosis. Mike Schultz/Instagram
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A California nurse and bodybuilding enthusiast has revealed the shocking toll that the coronavirus took on his body after he spent six weeks in the hospital with complications from COVID-19.
Mike Schultz, 43, says he weighed about 190 pounds and had no underlying health conditions before he contracted the coronavirus in early March. He ended up spending 57 days in hospital with the virus and came out weighing only 140 pounds, he wrote in an Instagram post. The post also included before and after photos documenting the dramatic change that his body went through during the ordeal.
“Took this selfie last week to show how much hospital deconditioning affected my body after being sedated for six weeks, intubated and on a ventilator,” Schultz wrote. “I hope it opens some eyes to those who think they’re not at risk. I had no prior medical issues.”
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Schultz calls himself the “bearded nurse” on Instagram, but COVID-19 also cost him that, too, as hospital staff had to shave his face for the ventilator.
He says he first came down with the virus in early March after attending the Winter Party Festival in Miami, Fla., with his partner, Josh Hebblethwaite. Several cases have since been linked to that festival.