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40-Year Old Nacogdoches Man Shares His Brush With Covid-19

Courtesy: Erik Nutt

YOUNGER PEOPLE INFECTED-  For the past several weeks,  the news about Covid infections on the rise has become routine as many parts of the country and especially the deep south have seen considerable increases in hospitalizations.  And doctors have noted the ages of patients are getting younger and younger than the covid surges from a year ago.  They say it’s because of the newer, more infectious Delta variant of the disease.  While the more elderly segments of the population are still at risk,  younger  people are showing up in emergency rooms unable to breathe due to Covid.

40-year old Erik Nutt of Nacogdoches, Texas is one of those people.  A former  U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer,  Erik  was in  good physical condition and kept  his  social  distance working at home in his  job as a marketing director for a wholesale crawfish company.  But  earlier  this  month,  he started  having  problems.   

"I was running 103.4 fever and it just kept going back and forth, going through the fever segments and I started having shortness of breath," Nutt explained. "So when I got admitted (in the hospital) my oxygen level was down to 67%."

Just two days before he fell ill, Erik received his first dose of the Moderna vaccine. He says he was waiting for FDA approval before getting the shot.  Although he got Covid,  he and his doctor  credit  the vaccine for keeping him from getting worse. 

"I think the Moderna shot had something to do with it like the doctor said because it kept the inflammation out of my lungs," Nutt said.  "Because if I wouldn't  have had the vaccine, they said  I could have done more serious in my oxygen levels."

"I think the Moderna shot had something to do with it like the doctor said because it kept the inflammation out of my lungs," Erik Nutt, Covid-19 Survivor

Credit Courtesy Erik Nutt
Courtesy Erik Nutt
Erik Nutt is a former US Coast Guard rescue swinner.

Erik says he underwent steroid  and breathing treatments  and was placed on a ventilator for 90 hours  before his oxygen levels returned to normal.  He was hospitalized for about 5 days and has  since  been discharged, currently under quarantine at his East Texas home.  During his hospital stay, Erik said he could hear Code Blue calls meaning other Covid patients on the floor were going into cardiac arrest.  After his experience he offers these words to those who’ve yet to get vaccinated.

"If you really want to stay close to your loved ones I would recommend you take the vaccine, you have an 80% chance of fighting the infection versus not doing the vaccine and that's scientifical fact" Nutt said.

If you’d like to know where you can get vaccinated,  we’ll have locations posted on our website.  Go to redriverradio.org and click on the links.       


Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.