‘It got very, very scary very quickly’: Williston man talks about battle with COVID-19

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Todd Townsend assumed he’d been battling a cold for days. The Williston contractor and a couple of coworkers had cold symptoms.

That changed March 28.

“I woke up Saturday morning,” he said, “and it was like I was hit by a train.”

He spoke with a friend on the phone and had to take a deep breath after every sentence. His next call was to his doctor, who recommended a COVID-19 test.

“It got very, very scary very quickly,” Townsend said.

He spent that weekend on the couch, barely moving. “It felt like I had run a marathon just to get up and go to the bathroom,” said Townsend, 38.

Test results March 30 showed he had COVID-19. By then he felt better. He was more scared for his wife, as well as his father in South Burlington who’s recovering from cancer. Townsend said many people he’s close to have been tested, and none tested positive for COVID-19.

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“Four weeks from my first symptoms I have days where I feel OK and days where I feel crappy, but no day where I feel great and 100 percent,” Townsend said. He’ll do yard work and wind up breathing hard, sweating and suffering head and body aches.

He wrote about his experience April 12 on Facebook.

“It’s an intangible thing if you don’t know somebody who’s sick,” Townsend told the Burlington Free Press.

An actor and set designer in the Vermont theater community, Townsend wanted to help friends understand the need for social distancing. He warned them to steer clear of misinformation spreading on social media about the disease.

He also provided hope.

“I really wanted people to know, ‘Yes, it’s scary, yes, people are dying,’” Townsend said, “but also, ‘I’m here, I’m alive, and I’ve survived it.’”

Contact Brent Hallenbeck at 660-1844 or bhallenbeck@freepressmedia.com. Follow Brent on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BrentHallenbeck.

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