News 12 reporter tests positive for coronavirus, shares story on TV
On March 26, News 12 Connecticut reporter John Craven tweeted the news that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
News 12 aired a segment in which Craven shared his experience with viewers.
"It hits you really fast, and that’s the thing that really scared me," he said on air. "I really underestimated this."
Craven shared that his illness started with a sore throat and escalated to a high fever and shortness of breath — the most common COVID-19 symptoms. He went to a walk-in clinic and was sent home with fever reducers. When his symptoms got worse, he "begged" doctors to be tested and received a positive diagnosis seven days after the test. But, he said he had to call the lab directly to receive the results.
His advice for people who think they may have the virus is to be persistent. "No matter what your doctor is telling you, I think your gut knows something's wrong," he said.
Craven is recovering at home at his New York City apartment and hopes to be back at work on Wednesday, News 12 reported.
"We don't try to be the story," Craven said on air. But he said he felt it was important to share his experience amid all the fear and anxiety that the coronavirus is causing people.
The main message he wants to give, he said, is: "Don't be scared."
A News 12 spokesperson said "The safety and well-being of our employees and customers is always paramount for us. We thank John for sharing his story and are glad that he is doing well."