27-Year-Old Savannah Reporter Hospitalized With Covid-19

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel Comment

It’s been a long road for WTOC weekend sports anchor and reporter Lyndsey Gough, who contracted Covid-19 last month. After weeks of illness, the 27-year-old reporter is still in the hospital, and today posted on Twitter that she was “not doing so well.”

Gough, who has been at the Savannah, Ga., station since February 2019, was diagnosed with the virus on June 30 after feeling flu-like symptoms. She was bed-bound by the July 4 holiday weekend, and ended up in the hospital with appendicitis a few days later.

“For those who don’t know, I contracted Covid-19, I believe on June 20,” Gough wrote on social media about her experience with the virus. “The next 3 days I felt very tired, and the 23rd I began having flu-like symptoms (body and muscle aches, chills), a cough, congestion, nausea, fatigue, headache, lack of appetite and eventually losing my sense of smell & taste. I also experienced waves of abdominal pain making it hard to get up or sit up/lay down. I nearly passed out taking my dog for a short walk.”

Gough, who’s recovering in the hospital, says when she went to the ER, the doctor said her appendix needed to come out immediately. There was some good news though: she didn’t have any lung damage from the virus.

“My surgeon told me essentially, coronavirus had been like a ‘lightning strike’ to my system,” Gough wrote. “I now had appendicitis & it was very large. He would try to take it out with small incisions, but no promises. Before midnight June 8, I was off to surgery. Fortunately, pre-op chest x-rays revealed no lung damage from coronavirus. A win.”

Gough had been reporting up until when she got ill.

TVSpy will continue to monitor her feeds for updates. Viewers have donated money to help her pay hospital bills.

 

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🚨LONG POST ABOUT MY BATTLE WITH COVID-19 AHEAD🚨 Hello everyone, it’s been a bit! For those who don’t know, I contracted COVID-19, I believe on June 20. The next 3 days I felt very tired, and the 23rd I began having flu-like symptoms (body and muscle aches, chills), a cough, congestion, nausea, fatigue, headache, lack of appetite and eventually losing my sense of smell & taste. I also experienced waves of abdominal pain making it hard to get up or sit up/lay down. I nearly passed out taking my dog for a short walk. I waited 4 hours and was finally able to get tested for free (my second test) on June 26 (I had been quarantined). June 30 I got my results: positive. I was mostly bedridden with minimal appetite and mild cough (never did have a fever or shortness of breath) until around the 4th or 5th of July and I started to feel better and get some normalcy back. July 7, the abdominal pain came back- with a vengeance. Despite drinking lots fluids, rest, hot baths, & eating what I could, nothing provided relief. It was hard to move at all. I called my PCP, who referred me to urgent care, and on July 9, they referred me to the emergency room. July 9th I got to Candler’s ER and was given a lab work up and a CAT scan. After several hours, the doctor (a UK med school grad!) told me he was calling in the surgeon- my appendix needed to come out and SOON. They tested me again for COVID-19, still positive, though I had done my recommended 2-week quarantine & then some. My surgeon told me essentially, coronavirus had been like a “lightning strike” to my system. I now had appendicitis & it was very large. He would try to take it out with small incisions, but no promises. Before midnight June 8, I was off to surgery. Fortunately, pre-op chest x-rays revealed no lung damage from coronavirus. A win. Through all of this I was ALONE, mind you. COVID patients can’t have visitors. Behind-the-scenes I was arranging care for my dog (thanks to everyone who took care of her!!). I don’t do well with needles, blood- any of it, so this required some SERIOUS bravery on my part not to freak out (I cried once to my mom, can’t lie).

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