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"It's not worth what I went through": Survivor of COVID-19 asks business owners to open with caution

Posted at 11:25 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 02:25:32-04

David Kanyinda didn't think he'd get sick.

Kanyinda works as a personal trainer in the Valley, and was hopeful good health would keep him from becoming one of the thousands who've tested positive in Arizona.

"I told myself even if I do get it I’m young I’m healthy I eat well," he said.

Kanyinda tested positive in March, and endured a grueling 14 days of symptoms, describing everything from migraines, fever, nausea, weakness, and shortness of breath.

"I was lying on my bathroom floor gasping for air," he said. "I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, I think it’s one of those experiences that taught me to really appreciate life."

He's thankful to be healthy again, but worried those who take drastic measures to re-open businesses and start gathering before state leaders recommend could set progress back.

"I think a lot of people are operating under the sense of all there’s not that many cases in terms of the global scale," he added. "This is with social distancing being implemented, you know, what could happen if it’s relaxed too soon? I think history has already told us. So, are we going to listen?”