Miami Journalists Describe Worsening Covid-19 Symptoms

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

WPLG journalists in Miami, who tested positive for Covid-19 this week, are walking viewers through their experiences battling the virus.

In an interview Wednesday evening, anchor Nicole Perez, who is married to WPLG reporter Roy Ramos, got choked up on air as Ramos discussed his symptoms. Ramos said he had experienced night sweats and chills along with coughing fits that left him breathless.

“For me, over the past few days it’s been difficult, especially at night,” Ramos said. “It’s hard for me to sleep. It’s really hard for me to maintain a steady body temperature. I’ll cover myself and then I’ll start to sweat. Then I take the covers off and I’ll start to get the chills and body aches. It was really bad last night. In fact, in the morning, I started coughing so bad that I couldn’t catch my breath. It went on for about 15 minutes or so.”


Perez’s symptoms have been milder, but she says she has been unable to taste or smell anything and has had a persistent cough.

The husband-and-wife team first announced that they had contracted the virus on July 7. Both are quarantining at home while they recover.

WPLG has had eight people test positive for the virus. Perez’s co-anchor Calvin Hughes says the station has administered more than 96 Covid-19 tests to employees and their family members.

Listen to the couple’s entire interview here.