LEIMERT PARK – While participating in the
National Brotherhood of Skiers annual summit in Sun Valley, Idaho, February.
March 29, 7 Nyla Jefferson signed a contract with COVID-19.
At the time, the corona virus did not have
nevertheless become a threat in the United States
Four months later the COVID-19 health
The crisis has exploded across the country and hit California particularly hard.
Due to the increasing number of new cases of coronavirus and an increase in hospital stays
California is closed again, except for key companies or those who can
work safely outdoors.
Jefferson was not the only one
infect the virus during the National Brotherhood of Skiers Summit. Unfortunately,
Almost 200 fell ill and five died.
The group consisted of
of 55 black ski clubs from 43 cities and a membership of more than
3,000, recognized by the ski industry as the largest gathering of black
Skiers and snowboarders. The summit is one
Opportunity to bring all black ski clubs together for what is essentially one
Black family reunion with picnics on the slope, theme parties,
Fundraisers and board meetings.
During a recent interview, Jefferson
talked about her time at the summit and later heard the diagnosis and what
it felt like she was recovering.
Although she doesn't belong to a black man
Jefferson had visited the last five peaks with her cousin and
younger sister and was looking forward to taking part in this year's event
again with her younger sister Myka Godwin, her son Akil Barnes and his
"We were all looking forward to it"
Said Jefferson. "It was me, my sister, my son and his friend."
The week was filled with a number of
"NBS is a lot of fun," said Jefferson, "
who works in the executive offices of the Los Angeles County Board of
Supervisor. "There is a party every day. It is a festival
Towards the end of the trip, Jeffersons
Health took a turn.
"I just felt terrible," said Jefferson, "
who lives in Leimert Park. "I longed for a place to sit because I was so tired. I
I didn't know at the time that it was COVID-19. I had read about it before going to
the summit, but I never thought it would hit a small town in Idaho. I was so
tired. At first I thought it was a cold. "
She soon got a cough.
"I thought it could be COVID, but
I wasn't sure, "she said." I knew it was transmitted through a cough. So when I was
I got on the plane to get home and coughed in handkerchiefs. I was tired then me
was not. The virus gives you the illusion that you are fine if you are not. I would know
I was sick."
When Jefferson came home on March 7th,
She still had no idea what was coming.
Even though she wasn't feeling well
Jefferson accompanied a friend to Costco.
"I couldn't even walk," said Jefferson.
his friend never got sick. "I had to sit on a couch while my friend was shopping.
The next day, I went to the emergency room. I had chills, cough and was very tired. I
was tested for the flu. They said they should go home and isolate themselves until they knew that
Jefferson, whose sister also had
got infected with the virus at the summit, but her son was spared, said her roommate
Panic after hearing about her symptoms.
"She wanted to be tested," said Jefferson
said. “But because she lived in the same place, the emergency doctors told her that she was
couldn't come in and isolate. "
Finally the dreaded call came.
“March 9th or 10th is public health
The department called and said I had the virus, ”said Jefferson. "My doctor called
say the same thing. I called everyone I was in contact with. The
The health department tracked my contacts. I received a letter saying that I was quarantined
until March 31. ”
Once she got the results
Jefferson called her job and told them she needed to isolate herself.
She said her reaction was, "Oh no.
Stay at home."
Although the news was not what it was
wanted to hear Jefferson, who didn't have to go to the hospital, said she wasn't
"I had a feeling," she said. "Not me
get sick very often. I know what the flu feels like. It felt different for
me. My illness was pretty severe. I had terrible chills. I would just cough and
To cough. The slime in my lungs was light greenish-white and thick. My doctor
prescribed Mucinex. "
Jefferson remained isolated from her
Roommate from March 7th to April 6th. She ordered food from Postmates and ordered
Food from Ralph. She ate fruit and raw vegetables and lost 15 pounds.
Jefferson felt so bad all she could do
was staying in bed.
"It took me a full 14 days to recover"
Said Jefferson. "I couldn't even brush my teeth or shower because it was me
So weak. For 14 days I just coughed, slept and watched TV. "
During that time, Jefferson said
Everything she ate tasted bad.
"I had no sense of smell or taste," she said
said. "I don't know when my sense of smell and taste has disappeared. I only know
that the food tasted bad. At the time, I didn't know you could lose your mind
of smell and taste. "
Jefferson said she received a call from
the health department every day.
"On the 15th day, they said they would broadcast
a release form so I can go out into the world, ”said Jefferson. "If I
began to leave my room and leave my house, I would be out of breath and
would have to sit down. "
Jefferson, who started working remotely
April feels better now, but she says there are some persistent side effects.
"I still feel tired and low
Perseverance, ”she said. "It is still in a recovery process. My lungs are
compromised. My breath is still hard. I am short of breath, but I am
feel better i think it will only take some time Count me in
I am now building up my stamina again. "
Throughout the ordeal, Jefferson
I never thought that she would die.
"I was too naive to think," said the
Native to Nashville. "I saw it as a cold. I never thought of it
as deadly. "
Jefferson studied on March 21
A friend that others who attended the ski summit had tested positive for COVID-19.
"I just couldn't believe it."
What can you only describe as
COVID-19 blew membership in the National Brotherhood of Skiers
like wildfire. Days after the event, the organization emailed its
Members who tell them that participants have tested positive for the deadly
Virus. Of the 600 participants, hundreds were affected by the virus and five
died, including three who lived in California.
Jefferson faithfully wearing a mask
and uses hand sanitizers, believes in their good health before getting infected with the virus,
"I'm doing sports," said Jefferson, who
has high blood pressure. "I am also a vegetarian. I think it helped. It is not
a disease that can be easily taken. It is a real illness. Who knows what that
Long-term effects will be? "
Asked if she would ever visit another national
Jefferson said she would.
"I would return," said Jefferson. "It's not her fault that it happened. It's just one of those things that happened there."