Dr. Gatta Speaks on "A Physicians Intimate Experience with COVID-19"
 
It was a 45-minute drive to the Everett Memorial Stadium in Snohomish County. And the entire way, Dr. Prakash Gatta, a general surgeon with MultiCare in Tacoma, recalls thinking that there was no way his COVID-19 test would turn out positive. Sure, he'd had a sore throat, coughing and sneezing, but he didn't have some of the major stereotypical symptoms. No fever. No loss of taste or smell.
 
"I was thinking, I want to get tested because, hey, there's a one in a million chance I could have this," Gatta says. "I'm certainly not going back to work and infecting my work family." 
 
But he did test positive.
 
He'd never had chest pains, but he has now. He'd never had shortness of breath, but he has now. And the symptoms have had this eerie way of lingering.
 
"A month out, I still have fatigue, sleep is abnormal. I'm more tired. More weight loss, "
Gatta says. "A couple of days ago, on Sunday, all of a sudden I felt chest on fire, chest tenderness, shortness of breath, which I hadn't felt for a while. And then I was better on Tuesday."
 
But he's survived. He's going to donate his blood plasma to a Mayo Clinic plasma trial, so scientists can study the antibodies.
 
And he's gone back to work.
 
Dr. Gatta has been through hell before. He was living in Kuwait when Iraq invaded three decades ago.
 
"I saw war and gunfire and grenades on the street at the age of 13," Gatta says. He lived as a refugee for months, fleeing back to his native India. But still, he says, this (Covid-19) feels like the closest thing to war he's experienced.
 
And that struggle, he knows, is just beginning. 

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