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J Balvin Is Opening Up About His Battle With Coronavirus And He Says This Was His Worst Symptom

As more and more celebrities share their Covid-19 diagnoses, J Balvin is opening up about his intense fight against the virus. Not only did he suffer from the intense physical effects of Covid-19 infection, but he admits that he lost all hope because of it’s effect on his mental health.

The reggaetonero, who has long been open about his own struggles with mental health, confessed in an Instagram post that his anxiety came raging back amid his battle against Covid-19 -– causing him to lose all hope at one point.

J Balvin revealed that he lost all hope amid his battle against Covid-19.

Having been hit ‘hard’ by a Covid-19 infection, J Balvin says that he actually lost all hope as he fought back against the virus. Although the Colombian megastar did suffer from a particularly strong infection, Balvin revelas that it was his anxiety that had the biggest effect on him.

When he revealed he had contracted the virus, at the Premios Juventud, he said, “Right now I am just coming off COVID-19. They have been very difficult days, very complicated. Sometimes you think that it is not going to hit you but it got me and it got me very hard.”

Since that announcement, J Balvin has detailed his fight against the virus and it’s a reminder of how careful we all need to be. He confessed that suffering from the disease was one of the most complicated experiences of his life, and that it is a mistake for the rest of us to think of it as a game – because it’s very dangerous.

“It is one of the most difficult health experiences I have had in my life; you think it’s a joke because there is a lot of fake news,” he said. “I feel it’s almost killing me, fever of 40º C, chills, loss of smell, low oxygen, loss of taste, and fear of feeling that one of the worst nightmares of today is inside you. I had a very bad time,” he added.

Having long been open about his struggle with mental health, Balvin shared that anxiety hit him hard.

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J Balvin has long been open about his struggle with mental health. He’s one of the few Latino stars who is open about mental health issues and his openness has had a major impact on Latinos being able to speak about their own issues.

The singer is once again opening up about these issues as they came out in full force once again, as he battled Covid-19. For him, the days with the virus were complicated not only by the symptoms it causes, but also by the anxiety that came rushing to the surface once again.

With his heart in hand, he said: “I have suffered from anxiety and as a result of this event it became more potent, but I accept and face the aspects that affect my body and my mind and, I recognize that I am vulnerable and VERY fragile, before this and thousands of more situations.”

Balvin has previously been candid about his health — and in June penned a personal essay for PEOPLE, in which he opened up about his struggles with anxiety and depression. In the essay, the singer credited meditation with helping him overcome those struggles. In fact, Balvin said that the practice “saved my life.”

The reggaetonero gave a major shoutout to the medical workers who helped keep him – and so many others – safe.

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Although J Balvin suffered from an intense case of Covid-19, he has given several shoutouts to the medical team who helped make sure he was in good hands.

He uploaded a photo to his Instagram to show his immense gratitude to not only his doctor, but the tens of thousands of medical workers across the world who are working to protect and help those infected by the virus.

J Balvin explained that the photograph was taken by the doctor on a very critical day, in which he presented all the symptoms and in which they even thought of hospitalizing him. He goes on to say that he now considers these people who helped him as members of his family.

Speaking about the photo, he said “They are the ones who took care of me professionally, they are family. I remember this photo because at that precise moment, I had all the symptoms and I lost hope, to the level that they thought of hospitalizing me,” wrote the singer.

J Balvin is just one of many celebrities who have battled the virus.

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As beaches, restaurants, and even bars and clubs started to reopen, it was easy to forget that we are still in the midst of a global health crisis – one that continues to hit the Latino community, in particular, very hard. And stars, they really are just like us. Celebrities are also at risk of contracting Covid-19 and over the last few days, we’ve learned that several of Latin music’s biggest stars have in fact been infected with the virus.

As if a reminder that stars, they’re just like us, several of Latin music’s biggest celebrities have announced that they’ve tested positive for Covid-19. Karol G, Prince Royce, and Chiquita Rivera have all shared their positive diagnosis for the virus and are urging fans to stay home and use masks when they have to go out.

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People Are Actually Giving Their Children Honest-To-God Coronavirus-Inspired Names

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People Are Actually Giving Their Children Honest-To-God Coronavirus-Inspired Names

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Inspiration truly does strike at the weirdest moments.

Even in a pandemic.

According to reports from India a couple by the name of Preeti and Vinay Verma, chose to name their newborn twins Covid and Corona in an effort to remember the current pandemic. But it’s not just the parents of India finding inspiration in these dark times. A report out of the Philippines revealed that a pair of parents named their child Covid Bryant– an homage to both the virus and the recently deceased basketball legend Kobe Bryant.

Speaking about their new baby names Preeti Verma said she wanted to ease anxieties related to the names.

“We wished to ease the anxiety and fear associated with these words and also make the occasion memorable,” Preeti said in an interview.

Of course, there’s no doubt COVID-19 will be a defining virus for people across the globe and for generations as well. Speculation that the pandemic will spark a “coronial” generation gained quite a bit of hype. The Brookings Institution, however, estimated that the U.S. birth rate will decline by another 7-10%  this coming year which equates to nearly 300,000 to 500,000 less births. A Guttmacher Institute survey found that “34% of women said they wanted to get pregnant later or wanted fewer children because of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

But what about the babies that are being born during the pandemic? It turns out the pandemic might actually be inspiring more and more of their names. A survey, conducted by ChannelMum.com, recently revealed that 43% of parents believe the coronavirus outbreak will affect what they will name their newborns. The survey also found that 7% of parents have had a change of heart on what to name their children as a result of the pandemic.

For some less morbid name inspiration check out some of the best monikers inspired by lockdown that we could find, below!

Vida

Spanish for “life” which is pretty sweet and optimistic.

Anthony

Some parents might opt to name their children after the voice of wisdom during these strange times.

Cora

Less intense and direct than Corona.

Vira

Vira means “hero” in Hindi.

Tina 

Short for quarantine.,

Demi 

Short for pandemic.

Hope

Much more optimistic in these strange times.

Solita

Spanish for solitude, which a lot of us are experiencing right now.

Stella

Which means “light” and also draws hope.

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As El Paso Becomes A Covid-19 Hotspot, One Nurse Says The Most Severe Patients Are Being Left To Die In “The Pit”

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As El Paso Becomes A Covid-19 Hotspot, One Nurse Says The Most Severe Patients Are Being Left To Die In “The Pit”

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Cities across the United States are experiencing the worst yet of the Coronavirus pandemic. From California to New York, the country is struggling. However, one area that has emerged as a severe hot spot for the virus is El Paso, Texas.

The city has emerged as one of the nation’s hardest-hit regions. To put it into perspective, El Paso has more active Covid-19 infections than the entire country of Mexico.

In addition to a major spike in cases, the city is also seeing an increase in Covid-19 deaths that is seriously overwhelming healthcare workers, public health officials, and the network of morgues. It’s so bad that the city was using inmates to help transport bodies until the Texas’ governor finally deployed the National Guard to assist.

El Paso is emerging as the face of the second wave in the U.S. and the scenes are terrifying.

The El Paso community is struggling to control it’s severe spike in Covid-19 cases as it becomes a national hot spot for the pandemic. As infection rates rise, El Paso has registered more active Covid-19 cases than the entire country of Mexico.

El Paso (a city of 840,000 people) has 34,487 active cases while Mexico (a nation of 129 million) has 23,284. Although, it’s worth noting that many say Mexico’s actual number could be as many as ten times higher thanks to a severely-limited testing program.

El Paso’s government has attempted to get ahead of the virus and had implemented a wide-ranging stay-at-home order that called for hair salons, gyms and restaurant dine-in services to close. However, a court ruling last week by the 8th Circuit struck down that order, putting thousands of lives at risk.

One nurse went viral after telling her story inside “the pit” where many victims are left to die.

One nurse who worked in an El Paso hospital has gone viral after sharing her harrowing story from inside a Covid-19 hospital. In a nearly hourlong Facebook Live video, Lawanna Rivers, a traveling nurse, said that her time spent at the University Medical Center of El Paso was the worst experience she’s had since the pandemic began.

“Out of all the COVID assignments I’ve been on, this one here has really left me emotionally scarred,” she said. “The facility I’m at has surpassed the one I was at in New York.”

Rivers was most upset about how the sickest patients at the hospital were treated. She said they were all put into an area called a “pit,” where they are essentially left to die.

“My first day at orientation, I was told that whatever patients go into the pit, they only come out in a body bag,” Rivers said.

Rivers said doctors at the hospital would not enter the area, and nurses like herself who were stationed in them were under orders to perform CPR just three times on a patient before letting them die.

Rivers said she learned that doctors wouldn’t enter the pit when she called a physician for help one day with a patient who was bleeding profusely. She said the doctor told her they don’t go into the rooms for the sickest COVID-19 patients, so as to not expose themselves to the disease.

Inmates are joining the frontlines as they help to move the bodies of Covid-19 victims.

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As the city struggled to manage the spiraling number of infections and deaths, inmates at the County Detention Facility were called upon to assist the El Paso Medical examiner with the overflow of bodies at the morgue.

Inmates were seen in full PPE gear assisting mobile morgues with the rising body count. A spokesperson for the county did not further detail exactly what the inmates were being asked to do but that they were being paid $2 per hour and were serving time for low-level sentences. The county also defended the decision to use inmate labor, saying it was either that or force families to wait even longer to start funeral arrangements.

The National Guard has been called upon to help work in mortuaries.

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After El Paso resorted to using county jail inmates to move bodies for nearly two weeks, the Texas Army National Guard is sending a 36-person team to assist with mortuary services.

“This is very much needed in our community, and we’re really thankful for [the Texas Division of Emergency Management] and the governor’s action on this,” Democratic state Rep. and Sen.-elect César Blanco said Friday.

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