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Andrew Watt, who produced Ozzy Osbourne’s latest album Ordinary Man, announced he tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19.)

The producer went public with his diagnosis in a lengthy post to Instagram where he describes what he’s going through and urges others, especially young people, to take the virus and all of the precautions related to it seriously. His post reads as follows:

“Yesterday, I was given the results that I am positive for COVID-19. I wanted to tell you all about my journey getting here in an effort to bring awareness to the severity of what’s happening in the world.

12 days ago, early morning of March 6th, I started feeling like I was hit by a bus. I couldn’t move out of my bed for days and started to run a fever. I was seen be a doctor at my house who told me I am positive for the regular flu and there’s no way I could have COVID-19 as I haven’t left the country and all I do is go to the studio and go straight home. I told all my friends I had been working with and anyone close to me that I’m laid out with the flu and quarantined myself. None of them even had a sniffle.

I was put on Tamiflu and constant Tylenol to fight the fever, but the chills, sweats and fever did not stop. I started to become delusional and then began the dry cough. I immediately rushed to the emergency room and begged to be tested for COVID-19 as this ‘flu’ was not subsiding. I was turned down for the test because of federal regulations. I begged and pleaded to be evaluated and finally was given a chest x-ray, the results of which were viral pneumonia, but still no test.

A private doctor was finally able to test me himself, and yesterday afternoon, it came back positive for COVIS-19.

Currently, my fever has gotten much, much better, and I have begun to have somewhat of an appetite again, but it is very hard for me to breathe as a result of this pneumonia. I am laid out in bed chugging Gatorade and using an oxygen machine to give my lungs as much relief as possible.

I am 29 years old. I am a healthy young man, and I am going to get through this no matter what. I am going to make a full recovery. But there are so many people in my life and in the world that could possibly not get through this due to their age and/or a compromised immune system. This is why I am writing this post. I can’t stress this enough: This is not a joke. Stay inside, stay sanitized. Please stop everything and take care of yourselves and the people you love around you until we are all through this.

To have the mentality, ‘I’m young. This can’t affect me’ is just straight up stupid and so dangerous to everyone around you. Social distancing is to protect someone’s mom and dad, someone’s grandmother. It’s not about you. It’s about everyone together fighting this as a team. Stay safe, now more than ever. Okay, I’m going back to ‘Men in Black III.'” 

Instagram post by WATT * Mar 17, 2020 at 11:44am UTC

24.6k Likes, 1,529 Comments - WATT (@thisiswatt) on Instagram

 

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