PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia-area doctor is recovering from a frightening battle he had with COVID-19.
His symptoms first appeared late last month. But Dr. Marc Rabinowitz, whose office is in Southampton, Bucks County, says they weren’t your typical signs of coronavirus.
He felt fatigued and achy, and his food tasted very salty.
Things went rapidly downhill from there, and the doctor soon became a patient.
“My oxygen levels just kept dropping and my fever went up to 103 and finally, after several days, I said I can’t take it anymore. So I went to the emergency room, where I needed supplemental oxygen and I was admitted to the hospital with what’s known as coronavirus double pneumonia,” he explained.
The 61-year-old doctor spent four days in Holy Redeemer Hospital, recovering and reflecting.
“You know, as a doctor, it’s very humbling because you do everything right and I’m in perfect health. I exercise four times a day, I compete in races, I do boot camps, I eat incredibly healthy,” he said.
Rabinowitz says he will bring a message of hope when he returns to the office in the next week or two.
“I survived this and there are many people living with it themselves, people who have family members to please don’t give up hope, that people do pull through this. People do recover,” he added.