Ex-state Rep. Nick Zerwas describes terrifying experience with COVID-19

Zerwas spent time in an ICU ward receiving supplemental oxygen.
Author:
Publish date:

Former Minnesota State Representative Nick Zerwas is recovering at his home in Elk River after a spell in the hospital with COVID-19. 

Zerwas, who resigned in 2019 from his position as a Republican serving District 30A after undergoing heart surgery, posted a thread on Twitter explaining how shocking and frightening his experience with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus has been. 

"It’s time I let everyone know about what happened this week," Zerwas began. "Sunday my cough that I believed was connected to a cold our 4 year old Jackson had the previous week (he had a neg Cov test) began to rapidly get worse.

"Sunday night I went to bed early coughed and struggled to breathe for most of the night. By morning even getting out of bed, going through the shower, and coming downstairs was absolutely exhausting."

Zerwas said he was having "breathing challenges" and a pulse oximeter registered his oxygen levels in the low to mid 80s when it is normally around 97%. 

After a trip to urgent care for a COVID-19 test he was advised to go to Maple Grove Hospital's ER, where he was admitted into the IC and given supplemental oxygen. 

"For the next 5 days I received the same treatment President Trump had received at Walter Reid. Convalescent Plasma infusion, Remdesavir IV, and Decadron (Steroids)," he explained (though Trump also received the antibody cocktail known as "Regeneron.")

"I was released today (Friday), and I while [sic] I’m still sick I can’t explain how much better I felt and how quickly I began to feel better following the beginning of those treatments."

Since tweeting his story, Zerwas has been subject to criticism about a tweet he posted in early September about COVID-19 models that he accused of being difficult to believe because they were so far off in the early stages of the pandemic. 

Zerwas tweeted skepticism about Minnesota's first predictive model on May 20, which turned out to greatly overestimate the early peak of the virus in the state. 

But while the early peak didn't get close to the worst-case scenarios projected by Minnesota's model, many of the predictions from infectious disease specialists that America would see a huge spike of COVID-19 cases in the fall and winter are now bearing out.

Minnesota is currently seeing exponential growth in cases, which in the coming weeks will likely have an even more severe impact on the state's healthcare system.

Follow Bring Me The News on News Break

Zerwas closed his Twitter thread by thanking healthcare workers and describing the virus as "serious" and "scary."

"I honestly believe I made it through Covid because of the amazing care I received at all levels from North Memorial.

"Now, I won’t get preachy.... and I get that my Pre-Existing condition made be especially susceptible to Covid, but this virus is serious and it’s scary. At one point Mon when I was in the ICU alone and my O2 levels were not coming back up I thought I might be placed on a vent.

"At that point I was terrified I wouldn’t ever get off that and I wouldn’t hug my wife or son ever again. This s*** is real and scared the absolute Hell out of me. I’m home now, both Bette and I are still sick, but we are gonna make it. Be smart, be safe. God Bless.

"I wanted to do my part to let ppl know just scary this can get and how quickly it can head downhill."

Next Up

Kevin Fiala, Jordan Greenway

Wild blanked by Blues; playoff fate is in Colorado's hands

It comes down to the final day of the regular season.

Screen Shot 2021-05-12 at 10.04.32 PM

Number of suicides in Minnesota decreased in 2020

While the number dropped, 723 people still died by suicide last year.

Vikings fans, U.S. Bank Stadium

Ranking the most difficult games in the Vikings' 2021 schedule

The Vikings have some interesting matchups on their 17-game slate.

Spencer Silver

Chemist who co-invented Post-it Notes dies at home in St. Paul

He developed an adhesive that could stick to paper – repeatedly – without damaging the paper.

Danielle Hunter

Here is the official 2021 Minnesota Vikings schedule

How does an early January game at Lambeau Field sound?

Blake Bortles

Amid Aaron Rodgers drama, Packers reportedly sign Blake Bortles

The former No. 3 overall pick is headed to Green Bay.

You Houa Thao

Missing St. Paul man found dead in wooded area

The 73-year-old was reported missing May 8.

YouTube - Jim Klobuchar

Jim Klobuchar, celebrated Minnesota columnist, dies at 93

He died Wednesday after a battle with Alzheimer's.

Jerry Burns

Former Vikings head coach Jerry Burns dies at 94

Burns spent a total of 24 seasons with the Vikings as an offensive coordinator and head coach.

Related

Zach Halverson

KFAN's Zach Halverson released from hospital, still fighting COVID-19

Halverson was sent home with oxygen tanks and will receive daily nurse visits.

jim hagedorn

Rep. Hagedorn tests negative for COVID-19 after flying with President Trump

Hagedorn flew on Air Force One with the president while the president was possibly infectious, a day before he tested positive for COVID-19.

Screen Shot 2020-03-26 at 8.14.32 AM

Winter carnival queen shares video about her COVID-19 experience

Not everyone with COVID-19 will experience the same symptoms.

PPE, coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, August 11

ICU numbers dropped but hospitalization totals increased overall.

Screen Shot 2020-05-08 at 8.44.54 AM

COVID-19 exposure sends KFAN's morning show home

Producer Zach Halverson was in the studio before his symptoms began.

covid-19, coronavirus, ICU

Tuesday's Minnesota COVID-19 figures; ICU cases rise again

Total hospitalizations dropped, though ICU cases increased.

Screen Shot 2020-05-27 at 1.47.56 PM

Osterholm reiterates COVID-19 going dormant could be bad signal

The infectious disease specialist has said this a few times now.