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‘I’m a cystic fibrosis warrior and I beat COVID-19:’ Clarksville boy recovers from virus

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Posted at 10:28 AM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 11:28:02-04

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A 6-year-old Middle Tennessee boy with cystic fibrosis has recovered from COVID-19.

Joseph Bostain spent two weeks in quarantine at his Clarksville home after he received confirmation that he had the virus. He was first tested at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt after displaying symptoms of fever and cough.

On Friday, his mother shared an update on Facebook with Joseph announcing, “I’m a cystic fibrosis warrior and I beat COVID-19!”

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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.

Prevention

The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.