Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Donna Pratt wanted to tell her story to educate fellow Juneau residents about the dangers posed by COVID-19.
Pratt returned from a trip to Anchorage during the first weekend in July. She felt symptoms similar to a sinus cold.
Her health condition continued to worsen to the point that she could not breathe.
She was hospitalized and tested positive for COVID-19.
"This is not a joke. This is not a conspiracy. It's real life and I am living it," she added.
Pratt urged the community to take the virus seriously.
"I am fighting for my life. Take this COVID seriously, Even if you think you are in a safe community, take precautions."
She encouraged Juneau residents to wear masks in public and questioned whether they should go to high-risk locations.
She said residents should think about the safety of others, their children, and elders.
"It is a horrible disease. You don't get it overnight. Even after I am well enough to go home it will take months for me to feel 100 percent."