‘You’re not invincible’: A warning from a 28-year-old COVID-19 survivor

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Of the 32 days Jock Allen spent hospitalized for COVID-19, 24 were spent on a ventilator.

Allen said he thought that when you received a positive coronavirus test result, it would mean only spending two weeks in self-quarantine.

“Fourteen days turned into 32 days. Twenty-four on a ventilator and still recovering now,” Allen said.

During his stay at UAB Hospital, Allen had a tracheotomy, a feeding tube, and daily blood work. Now, he is sharing his story hoping other young people understand that their age isn’t immunity.

“You’re not invincible. I thought the same thing.”

Jock Allen

While Allen was recovering in the ICU, he found out the coronavirus claimed the life of his mother, Candace Allen.

“When you get news like that, you want to be with family. All I had was the nurses,” he said.

Allen said his boss, Steven Johnson, spent every chance he could to visit Allen in the hospital while he was in the critical care unit.

Allen joins over a thousand families in Alabama grieving the loss of a loved one due to COVID-19. As deaths are trending up, so are hospitalizations.

“I believe today, the overall number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Jeffco was about 250. That number is more than twice what it was this time last month,” Jefferson County Health Officer Dr. Mark Wilson said..

ICU beds are scarce, forcing hospitals to reassess elective procedures.

“We only have 13% on our ICU beds available statewide. Which works out to about 222. I am very concerned about what the future looks like for hospitalizations,” Alabama Hospital Association President Dr. Don Williamson said.

The Alabama Hospital Association is encouraging all cities and counties with high COVID-19 cases to consider mask ordinances. 


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