When Luis Vargas came down with a cold in late November, he had no idea how serious his condition was going to become.
“I was working hard at my job and was always on the go. I started to feel sick,” he says. “I was coming down with a cold, and I thought that this was normal from working so hard, but then the cold turned into the flu.”
In early December, Luis visited his family doctor, who diagnosed him with pneumonia and prescribed him antibiotics. “My doctor told me to see him in a week for a follow-up. But despite taking antibiotics, each day, I was getting worse. My sense of taste was all over the place, I was hallucinating, out of breath, I had a fever and was sweating. It was a nightmare,” recalls Luis, “I felt like I was dying.”