Marshall is a construction worker who lives in Albuquerque, NM. He was overtaken by COVID-19 in October 2020. Though Marshall took care and practiced the COVID-19 prevention safety measures, He admits he let his guard down and became infected by a coworker. The infection spread and infected about half of the construction crew at work.
“When I caught COVID-19, my wife, co-workers and boss were the only ones that knew I was sick. I didn’t want to tell my family back home on the Navajo Nation, I didn’t want them to worry, but things escalated one night. I called both my older brother and sister in the middle of the night because it was hard for me to breathe. I thought that night was my last night on earth”
“My sister and wife were the ones who made sure I got better. Once I confessed my illness to my sister, she gathered some traditional medicine, like sage for me to drink and inhale. My sister, and my wife, made sure I got to the hospital. I was admitted due to COVID-19 pneumonia and a low oxygen level.”
Marshall spent nearly a week at the hospital. His wife was tested for the COVID-19 virus because of her close contact with Marshall. She tested negative.
“I was fortunate enough to have daily calls with my siblings, ensuring them I was okay. I was giving them updates on my experience in the hospital. I believe that if I didn’t reach out to my siblings like I did, I wouldn’t be here today”
Marshall still has some lingering symptoms, such, as loss of taste and smell, and is still required to have an oxygen tank nearby, in case his oxygen levels become too low.
Marshall now emphasizes the importance of not letting your guard down to his co-workers and friends that live in Albuquerque.
“This virus is no joke, some experience this virus with no symptoms at all, some are suffering, and others are losing their lives, it’s a sad reality”
“Please, please, please my people. Don’t let your guard down, and don’t fight against any rules or regulations provided by the doctors, government and CDC, they are there for a reason.”
“I have high hopes we can overcome this virus”