茄枝视频As the coronavirus grows to more than 191,000 cases across the world and the death toll climbs to 7,800-plus, people are sharing their stories of fear, resiliency and recovery.
NBC News' Social Newsgathering team interviewed people from the United States to the West Bank on how their lives have been disrupted. In firsthand video accounts, they pointed to a new way of living and thinking in the age of a pandemic.
Hyun Park is now free from a two-week quarantine. While inside his home in the city of Busan, Park spent those days in isolation recovering from COVID-19 after being hospitalized for nine days at Kosin University Gospel Hospital in South Korea.
The Republic of Korea has a total of 8,320 confirmed cases, including 84 new cases Wednesday, and.
茄枝视频While hospitalized, Park, 47, said he had difficulty breathing that “would come and go” and dealt with side effects from medication, but said the advice from his doctor to stay positive helped him focus on his recovery.
“My body temperature was fluctuating, as well. The doctor told me not to worry about fluctuating too much. It will be like that continuously, so focus on the positive thinking, so I was trying to be positive all of the time,” he said.
“I’m very happy that I’m well now,” Park said over Skype from Busan. “The situation in Korea is still bad, so I hope that the other people can be ... it works, so they stay positive and strong so that they will be recovered.”
茄枝视频The Courters are back home in Crystal River, Florida, after being quarantined aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Yokohama, Japan, and at the Lackland Air Force Base in Texas for 28 days.
茄枝视频Gay Courter said it was difficult going through “the emotional experience that this was the end of people’s lives” aboard the cruise ship. A total of 712 COVID-19 cases and seven deaths have been, where Courter and her husband, Phil, were confined to their room.
“Just living in that room for all that time, we’re both finding that we’re off kilter, that our memories aren’t as sharp as they used to be, that we’re a little off balance, and I physically feel off balance,” she said.
茄枝视频Since returning, the Courters have experienced “some touches of [post-traumatic stress disorder]” after being quarantined for so long. People have been asking her on social media about the risks for traveling right now.
Courter said “until things get better,” she’s not planning any more trips. They had planned a safari in Kenya but have since canceled it. The Department of State has advised Americans not to travel abroad right now.
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茄枝视频Roberta Politi's family owns a supermarket in a small Italian town. Since the pandemic, the number of shoppers allowed in the store at one time has been reduced to prevent lines.
茄枝视频Politi's family has owned the supermarket since the 1970s and opened two ice-cream cafés in Lecce in recent years.
茄枝视频“We put some plastic protections, for example, between the cashiers and the public,” she said.
Since the quarantine, Politi and other family members have not been able to hug their grandmother for fear of exposing her. Politi said she is receiving messages from friends overseas who want to know what the situation is like in Italy. The country has now exceeded more COVID-19 deaths than China.
茄枝视频“I’m just saying, stay safe, wash your hands,” she said.