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Thomas

Thomas is a young man originally from both Tohlaki and Becenti, NM. He grew up on the Navajo Nation, and graduated from Gallup High School. He attended Arizona State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. He currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, working at one of State Farm's headquarter hubs in Tempe, AZ as a Claim Associate; Special Project Teams & Contents Data.

On January 16, Thomas began developing COVID-19 symptoms and was referred to a free testing site, where he tested positive for COVID-19 on January 18. Although he followed all necessary CDC preventive guidelines, unfortunately, he caught COVID-19 from a relative who came to his home for a visit.

Thomas's illness lasted for two weeks. He started to develop a bad cough, chest pain, and other symptoms related to COVID-19

"A virtual doctor visit to a nearby Salt River Pima Indian hospital helped me a lot. They have provided me the medications to help me through this dreadful virus. It took a lot of rest, hydration, sleep, and walking to keep my lungs active helped me overcome my illness. Most importantly, our Native American remedies like sage also helped with my congestion and sore throat."


The challenges Thomas faced battling this illness was being away from family and fighting the virus alone. The lingering after-effects of COVID-19 have been a nightmare for him.

"Currently, my taste has not return to normal, and I have mood imbalance, depress returned insomnia, and random nausea and headaches that continue to persist."


"I would suggest to the Navajo people to continue to follow CDC guidelines and to respectfully protect those around you. I currently have lost more than eight family members to this virus and still have family members in the ICU due to COVID-19. We need to help each other to avoid the virus. No family should experience loss from the virus"


"Despite the struggles and fear of this pandemic, we will overcome this and continue to be resilient."


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