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NBC News correspondent Morgan Chesky details 'mental fog' after contracting coronavirus

"It’s a truly unsettling feeling to wake up every day and wonder how your body will respond to a virus that we’re still learning about," Chesky wrote.
/ Source: TODAY

Dallas-based NBC News correspondent Morgan Chesky has revealed has had the coronavirus and is opening up about how he’s dealing with his recovery.

Chesky, 34, first shared his status on July 2 in a lengthy message on Twitter in which he explained how he is feeling.

“Early last week I noticed I had lost my sense of taste and smell and within a few hours started to feel surprisingly tired and a bit lightheaded. When a cough soon followed, I was fortunately able to get tested and receive my results within 24 hours. Sure enough, after covering a pandemic for the past 6 months I became a part of it when the results Covid-19 came back positive.”

Chesky then went on to chronicle how he was not feeling up to speed.

“I spent the next several days in bed treating a dull, but constant headache, heavily fatigued, with occasional pain through my back. After hearing past patients complain of a mental fog, I found out what they meant when basic tasks seemed to become significantly harder to focus on and process,” he wrote. “Important to note, my ability to breathe was never compromised and I never felt a fever set in. All told, it appears I’m a mild case and for that I feel incredibly blessed.”

Two weeks later, Chesky returned to work to deliver a report on TODAY and to make mention he's on the mend after his diagnosis.

"It's certainly been a bit of a journey," he said. "This was an unsettling feeling. Since this virus impacts everyone in such a different way, (I'd) wake up and wonder what's going to happen next."

Chesky wrote about this anxiety in his earlier post on Twitter, noting it is not at all pleasant.

“I know what you’re thinking, and no, I don’t know where I crossed paths with Covid-19. During its estimated incubation time, I was in multiple cities so at this point it’s anyone’s guess. What I do know is that it’s a truly unsettling feeling to wake up every day and wonder how your body will respond to a virus that we’re still learning about.

“Even more frustrating was being stuck in bed, watching the simple act of wearing a mask somehow become a partisan issue We can beat this folks, but it’s absolutely going to take a team effort that starts with the proven basics to prevent this from spreading more than it already has,” he wrote.

In his post, Chesky also made sure to thank the people who have rallied to his aid.

“A special thanks to all of those who have checked in on me and my NBC family for being there every step of the way. And to my Mom who drove up from Houston to drop off Gatorade and snacks, thanks for proving the one thing we already knew, Moms are the best, but especially so in a pandemic. Much love, MC.”

Chesky is the latest member of the NBC News family to contract the coronavirus. Contributor Dr. Joseph Fair revealed in May that he had it. In March, Larry Edgeworth, a 25-year veteran of NBC News, passed away after testing positive.