COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Coronavirus cases continue to rise across the country including Ohio where 1,277 cases were reported between Tuesday, July 7 and Wednesday July 8, the third-highest single day spike since the pandemic began.
Health officials around the country say a lot of cases are being seen in people ages 20 to 40.
One of those people includes, Gigi Meyer Pruett, the daughter of former OSU football coach Urban Meyer. She says she never imagined she would fall victim to COVID-19.
“I just had a 100-degree fever and body aches,” said Meyer Pruett. “That went away and a couple of days after that I started to get this pain in my chest when I would breathe in really deep and I was like, ‘That is odd. I’ve never had this before. What is this?'”
She said that was when she decided to get tested for COVID-19. She says a few days after those symptoms started she lost her sense of smell and even taste.
“I was eating and I was like, ‘Brian [Pruett] I can’t taste my food. I can’t taste any of this,'” Meyer Pruett said.
The couple said they haven’t really been out since the pandemic started except a few times. She says she put two and two together and figured out exactly where she contracted the virus.
“A few weeks ago, my friend had a birthday party and it wasn’t anything crazy. I think there were maybe 20 people there,” she said. “A few days later, I was posting about it and people at the party were like, ‘I actually tested positive too.'”
She said she was surprised she got the virus because she’s been taking it seriously by constantly washing her hands and trying not to touch her face not touch her face.
“It just shows you how easily it can spread,” she said.
She contributes her mild symptoms and experience to her health and having a strong immune system.
“Fortunately, I’ve been living a pretty healthy lifestyle for quite sometime, being raised by someone that prioritizes that and being an athlete especially fitness and nutrition,” she said.
Once Meyer Pruett thought she had COVID-19, both her and her husband decided to isolate for a while to make sure no one else got sick. He chose not to get tested and assumed he either had it and was just asymptotic or didn’t have it.
Meyer Pruett’s brother-in-law is a coach at Ohio State and she shared what she thought about the possibility of an upcoming season.
“It would be devastating if they had no football,” said Meyer Pruett. “I think they’re having constant conversations about what could happen in the future, but there is so much uncertainty. They’re still preparing as if it will happen.”