One experience can change your whole outlook on life, according to Brighton Police Chief Paul Southard.
“You get that new breath in life, and when you start to think things are tough or when you start to let things get you down,” he said. “I just remember where I was a year ago. “
Last year, Southard battled COVID-19 for two weeks while sedated on a ventilator.
“The first thing I remember when they took me off the ventilator were people standing around me, and they were all wearing PPE, so I couldn’t see their faces. I couldn’t make out anybody; all I could see were their eyes looking back at me. It was confusing to say the least, it was confusing. I didn’t know who these people were, I didn’t even really know where I was, ”Southard said.
He said that as other parts of his body recovered, his mind was left with side effects that persisted for months.
“The hallucinations continued until I was off the ventilator,” Southard said. “Calling my wife thinking I was in another state, thinking I was in a movie theater. I could go on and on about the different things I’ve been through. ”
Although the United States officially surpassed 600,000 deaths from COVID-19 this week, the federal antiviral program for pandemics was also announced on Thursday.
The $ 3.2 billion plan will support clinical trials and treatments for COVID-19 in hopes of securing FDA approval for certain antiviral treatments.
“Although we’ve gone beyond mask mandates and things like that, you still have to be concerned and be careful,” Southard said. “Six hundred thousand people died from this [COVID-19] in this country. “