A 43-year-old California man lost 50 pounds in six weeks after being hospitalized with COVID-19, according to BuzzFeed News.

Mike Schultz, a nurse from San Francisco, weighed 190 pounds and worked out daily before he became sick. Schultz went to a Boston hospital on March 16 because he felt ill during a trip. He had no pre-existing conditions and was intubated for over a month.

“I was so weak. This was one of the most frustrating parts,” he told the outlet. “I couldn’t hold my cellphone — it was so heavy. I couldn’t type, because my hands shook so much.”

Schultz now weighs about 140 pounds and shared drastic before-and-after photos on Instagram.

“I wanted to show everyone how badly being sedated for 6 weeks on a ventilator or intubated can be. Amongst other things, COVID-19 reduced my lung capacity with pneumonia. Over 8 weeks I’ve been away from family and friends. Getting stronger everyday and working to increase my lung capacity. I’ll get back to where I was in healthier ways this time….maybe even do cardio,” he captioned the photo.

The nurse hopes his story resonates with young, healthy people who think COVID-19 won’t make them sick.

“I knew what I thought going in [about the coronavirus]. I didn’t think it was as serious as it was until after things started happening,” he said. “I thought I was young enough for it not to affect me, and I know a lot of people think that.

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Melissa Matthews is the Health Writer at Men’s Health, covering the latest in food, nutrition, and health.

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