He still isn’t sure how he was exposed to the virus. Once he got sick, Carol stayed out of work to care for him and got tested for COVID-19 even though she showed no symptoms. She tested positive but still hasn’t felt sick. She quarantined for 14 days.
“It just shows you even in households it could take down one person, and another may not have any illness at all,” Charlie says.
He credits the team members at Tidelands Health for their sacrifices — putting themselves in harm’s way to treat COVID-19 patients like himself.
“You guys are ready for it there. That is very evident,” says Charlie, who thanked the “heroes at Tidelands Health” on Twitter. “Y’all had your A-game, and you were ready.
“Here are these people on the front lines – they have family and they don’t know me – but they are helping me, getting my treatment going. It is really, really impressive.”
He’s also taken the opportunity to warn others about the seriousness of the virus and encourage them to be smart and not take life for granted.
“It’s very real, and it’s very strong,” Charlie says. “I would just encourage everybody to make smart decisions for themselves and the people around them.”
Charlie is still regaining his strength and expects it will take some time to get his lung capacity back up to normal. He’s hit the golf course twice since his release from the hospital, though he’s not up to playing a full 18 holes yet.
“I’ve been feeling better every day,” Charlie says. “Every day, I’ve been getting a little stronger. It’s good to get outside and push a little bit.”