“In June, a patient came in severely coughing, so I took him into the room to examine him,” Solt said. “I helped adjust the patient’s mask, I didn’t think anything of it since I was wearing full PPE, the gown, gloves and a mask.”

Within a week, Solt said COVID-19 symptoms began to set in, including coughing, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches and loss of taste and smell. The 50 year old believes she contracted the virus from that sick patient because she wasn’t wearing eye protection.

“It got very hard to breathe. When I laid down on the bed, I felt like I was drowning,” Solt said. “At one point, I woke up with this feeling of impending doom, you know like something very bad, and I knew, it was time to go to the hospital.”