‘I am losing folks I love’: Rev. Horace Sheffield speaks about impact of COVID-19 as he recovers from illness

Death toll continues to rise

Detroit Rev. Horace Sheffield III shared what the toughest parts of his battle with coronavirus (COVID-19) have been.

DETROIT – Detroit Rev. Horace Sheffield III shared what the toughest parts of his battle with coronavirus (COVID-19) have been.

Sheffield, 65, tested positive for the illness about two weeks ago.

He said the worst parts about COVID-19 are that he doesn’t know if his health could take a turn for the worse and the news he keeps hearing about the virus is heartbreaking.

April 8 update -- Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 20,346; Death toll now at 959

“People are dying," Sheffield said. ”Every single day I am losing folks I love."

Sheffield said members of his church have tested positive and died days later.

His wife, stepdaughter and some of his friends have all testes positive for the virus. They are doing well and recovering.

Sheffield is concerned about the people not taking the illness seriously, especially those still meeting up.

Hear more from Sheffield in the video above.

MORE: What the CDC says you should do if you believe you have coronavirus (COVID-19)

How COVID-19 Spreads

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • Spread is possible before people show symptoms. People who are not showing symptoms can still be carrying the virus and can still pass it on to other people.

Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily the virus spreads

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

Prevention & Treatment

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Click here for more guidelines from the CDC.

People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

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About the Authors:

Local 4 Defender Shawn Ley is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has been with Local 4 News for more than a decade.