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After nine members of our family—ranging from 9 months to 67 years old—contracted
COVID-19, we made a commitment to protect others from this dreaded virus. A lack of access to adequate disinfecting supplies should never be a reason why someone falls victim to COVID-19. Yet that is the position we found ourselves in, and we were far from alone.
In April 2020, we (like most families around the world) were doing our best to avoid a virus that would lead to the worst global pandemic in over 100 years. My wife and I did what we could to protect ourselves and our two sons, who were 9 months and 4 years old at the time. We only left the house for essential errands and the occasional leisurely drive to escape boredom. However, our efforts to keep our family safe were thwarted by constant shortages of disinfecting and sanitizing products. Nobody in our family could find them anywhere, except when they were occasionally offered online at unconscionable prices.
My cousin was our family’s first confirmed case. She would suffer a grueling battle with COVID-19. While spending more than seven weeks hospitalized and on a ventilator, she experienced numerous close calls, so many that we thought she would not survive. But she had other plans. Her will to survive was greater than any doubt. As my cousin fought for life, my mom began to exhibit symptoms. It started with a cough that worsened within a few days, followed by severe fever, chills, and weakness. She got tested for COVID-19, and we were all terrified when it came back positive. Then my wife and I tested positive. Our first thought was our children. Would they be safe? Will they get it? Should we send them to our relatives while we endure our own battle with the virus? We ultimately decided to keep our children home with us to avoid any further spread. As is well known, younger children tend to do well against the virus. Our boys only had slight congestion and a cough. After about two weeks, on an emotional, mental, and physical roller coaster, the five of us were able to fully recover.
Unfortunately, my dad, who is 67 years old but had always been strong and healthy, started showing symptoms. He lost 30 pounds in eight days. He suffered through fevers, chills, fatigue, and drops in his oxygen levels. After it became increasingly difficult for him to breathe, we decided to take him to the hospital, and it was the most scared we had ever been. We gave him a picture of all of us to take inside so he would not feel entirely alone. Because of the hospital’s COVID-19 protocols, we could only drop him off. We could not accompany him inside, so we had to say our goodbyes at the door, not knowing if we would ever see him again. While in the hospital, his condition fluctuated. We called him every day and recorded our video chats in case they would be our last memories with him.
When we were told that my dad would be discharged from the hospital, it was the greatest thing we had ever heard. He was rolled out in a wheelchair 50 pounds less than he normally weighed and with tubes delivering supplemental oxygen to his nose. We were ecstatic and grateful that we all survived. And we consider that a miracle. It was at that moment we thought to ourselves: How can we help prevent other families from going through what we just did?
Our ordeal is one that too many can relate to, and it is the reason we created PyurX. We've developed partnerships with companies in the USA, Europe, and Asia to ensure that no matter what happens in the world, our flow of high-quality, affordable disinfecting products will continue.
Unlike other companies out there, our fight against COVID-19 is personal. We have firsthand experience with its devastating effects and are steadfast in our mission to help protect your family as much as we strive to protect our own.