Former Bachelor Colton Underwood is finally showing signs of improvement after he was prescribed a medication called hydroxychloroquine to help him battle against the coronavirus. Underwood revealed his COVID-19 diagnosis on March 20 and on March 24, he shared a video update on Instagram discussing how he is feeling now.
After days of struggling with his breathing, as well as symptoms of exhaustion, fever and a cough, Underwood says he feels better. In addition to hydroxychloroquine, Underwood was given a Z-Pak and an inhaler to help with his shortness of breath. He did not deny that it has been a rough journey toward recovery and was audibly still out of breath as he provided fans with an update regarding his health status. However, he is grateful that his situation was not more severe and that he was able to avoid hospitalization, he explained in the clip.
“Today, I woke up seeing light at the end of the tunnel. I had my best sleep in more than a week and feel closer to my normal self. I still have a mild cough but the aches and pains are gone. I’m just feeling grateful right now that I still have a life. I realize that my case was not as severe as others and I am lucky we managed it at home.”
He went on to thank doctors and nurses that are putting their lives on the line to help others during this difficult time. He also took the time to praise truckers, delivery works and grocery store employees, all of whom are continuing to risk their own health to ensure Americans get the products that they need.
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Hi, just wanted to give you a health update. The last few days were rougher than I expected. The most prominent symptoms are my cough, night sweats and shortness of breathe. Breathing is challenging, the best way to describe it is feeling like I only have access to 20% of my lungs. I can only imagine how people with pre-existing health conditions feel with this. I’ve been journaling throughout this and I’ll share some of those soon. I’m currently on hydroxychloroquine, Z-Pak and last night the doctor prescribed an inhaler, also. I’m hopeful that they are starting to work! This morning was the first time that I’ve felt any real type of improvement since the beginning of this. Im hopeful that I’ve turned the corner and will be back to 100% soon. We are very lucky that all of this was manageable at home after getting the proper medicine. I’m on the third story of the Randolph’s home, isolated from the rest of the family (The Health Department called and spoke to both Cassie’s mom and me to make sure we understood timing and what to do). When they make food they make an extra plate and drop it off and have been checking on me regularly to make sure I am comfortable and breathing! They have been amazing and have been taking great care of me. Stay positive people…We got this!
“We’ve learned that superheroes are real, not just in the movies,” he said of these hard working people.
Underwood also thanked his girlfriend Cassie Randolph and her family who have taken care of him at their home in Huntington Beach, California so that he would not have to recover alone in the hospital. He concluded with yet another plea that others take the pandemic seriously, practice social distancing and to do their part to avoid spreading the coronavirus.
“Let’s shut this thing down and put it in our rearview mirror,” he said.
As The Inquisitr previously reported, Underwood has been staying on the third floor of the Randolph home, separated from the rest of her family. Despite the fact that they have all been exposed, Cassie said that neither she nor her family members have exhibited any symptoms associated with the coronavirus.