COVID positive man recounts his time in quarantine

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(WEHT)- What do you go through when you are in quarantine and suffering symptoms of COVID-19 and test positive? Eyewitness News talked to a man who works at the Tyson plant in Henderson County who lived that experience. He’s back on the job now, but it was a rough two weeks.

A routine day at Tyson took a sharp turn for 29 year old Aaron Keller on April 8th.

“I came home from work and I just started feeling like bad bodyaches. I ended up having like a 103.6 fever,” he explains.

Keller says it started a few hours after he settled in. A virtual visit later he was tested for COVID-19 at a drive-up site at Methodist Hospital in Henderson. He says once he knew the results were positive he spent the next few days with an illness he’ll never forget.

“The fever I think is what caused it to be so rough. The body aches were probably the worst thing about that first couple days. After that the fever broke I asked the body aches but they kind of came and went,” Keller says.

Keller’s girlfriend also had symptoms. They were stuck at home for two weeks. She did not get tested. Keller says due to a shortage of tests. For both it was a time to wait.

“So a lot of our time was spent sleeping and just hanging out watching TV,” Keller says.

Those first few days were hard and as Keller says were strange.

“Because you can feel really good one day and you’ll be like ‘oh yeah I feel really good’ and then the next day or hours later you’ll feel horrible again.”

Even experiencing one of the newer symptoms.

“I lost my sense of smell, taste. I couldn’t taste or smell anything,” he continues.

Keller says he was cleared by the Green River District Health Department to return to work. He says Tyson was in constant communication with him during the ordeal. He returned to work this Monday.

Keller and his girlfriend have made a full recovery. He says neither were treated with any kind of medication.

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(This story was originally published on April 29, 2020)

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