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Dr. Shawn Wilson recalls being diagnosed with COVID-19

Posted at 9:53 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 23:58:33-04

"The sore throat has subsided, the body aches have subsided, but again I'm not assuming that is the end of be all end all of the virus, were going to let it works it's course and monitor all of the symptoms. I'm looking forward to days without those symptoms"

Louisiana's transportation secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson, remains in quarantine at home here in Lafayette but says he feels better.

Through a video conference call he spoke one-on-one with our Katie Easter, about his diagnosis and his message, amid unprecedented restrictions on everyday life.

It was Sunday, March 15th when Dr. Shawn Wilson says he started feeling sick so he went to the doctor.

"We went in to get a flu test, and the flu test came back negative, at the same time I spiked a fever. And adhering to the governor, I immediately quarantined myself Sunday afternoon and proceeded to get a test" Wilson said.

Wilson was given a test for COVID-19, on Wednesday it came back positive.

"My fever persisted, the body aches persisted, a lot of the same things you're hearing from other victims, I have experienced"

Q: So you also just said you're finally getting rest, does this virus not let you sleep?

A: "Yeah it was very difficult to sleep on Monday and Tuesday, lots of tossing and turning and body aches" Wilson said.

Q: Where do you think you came into contact with this virus?"

A: "You know it's too difficult to tell. So I have interacted with folks from around the world here in Louisiana, in the nature of my business, I participated in routine conferences and meetings, and I have been in 3 or 4 different parts of the state"

Wilson, his wife and son, are all in quarantine as a precaution.

Q: How is your family doing ?

A: "They're doing well. In common areas were wearing mask, and constantly cleaning, wiping down shared facilities, and exercising the hygiene we talked about, that's the one thing that seems to be working"

Wilson will remain in quarantine until he no longer shows any symptoms.

"I would ask the community to remember all of those folks who are impacted, especially those who don't feel a need to take precautions. And those who might be walking around not understanding the severity of it. Lets pull together and beat this thing" Wilson said.