'You're not invincible': 21-year-old COVID-19 patient shares sto - FOX34 Lubbock

'You're not invincible': 21-year-old COVID-19 patient shares story

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"It was terrifying": Matt O'Sullivan shares experience with the virus "It was terrifying": Matt O'Sullivan shares experience with the virus
LUBBOCK, Texas -

"At the end of the day I wish I had never got the coronavirus, it was very scary, it was a very isolating feeling. Knowing that you were basically a walking contagion," 21-year-old Matt O'Sullivan said.

This week, he tested negative for COVID-19, but a few weeks ago it was a very different story.  He was exposed to the virus by an asymptomatic friend and ended up in the hospital, just 2 days later.

"Connected to IV fluids, getting steroids and everything like that. I started developing a drop in oxygen levels. It was terrifying, because I didn't know what the next day was going to bring," O'Sullivan said.

He's part of the age group driving the current outbreak in Lubbock.

"You're not invincible, 18 to 25 is not an invincible age," he said.

Like many others, O'Sullivan headed out to the overcrowded bars when they re-opened in late May.  A decision, he now regrets. 

But since becoming ill, he's urging others, especially his peers, to take this virus seriously.

"It's spread from person to person. And if we don't limit our person to person, or at least if we have to be around people protect ourselves from those people, it's just going to continue. And I don't know at what point people will wake up to the number of people that are dying, but this is nothing like the flu," O'Sullivan said.

Now, on the other side of his fight, he says he hasn't noticed any complications. 

"I'm grateful, I'm definitely blessed to say that I have recovered," O'Sullivan said.

Knowing that others may not be so lucky, he's now dedicated to sharing his cautionary tale. 

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