A 34-year-old man who recently visited Walt Disney World and Universal Studios has died after testing positive for COVID-19. He developed symptoms while still in Orlando on 3/7, then traveled home to California, where he received the positive test result on 3/13.
TMZ reports that Jeffrey Ghazarian was in town for a work conference, and visited the popular theme parks with friends while he was here. When he returned to Los Angeles International Airport on 3/9, he has a high fever, and immediately went to the emergency room.
While there, medical personnel performed a chest x-ray and confirmed that Ghazarian had pneumonia. He was also tested for COVID-19 and was sent home to self-quarantine with antibiotics and fluids while he awaited the results.
When the positive result came back on 3/13, things escalated quickly. TMZ reports that the next day, he was taken to the ICU by ambulance, where doctors discovered that his lungs were 60-70 percent blocked due to the progression of pneumonia. Doctors chose to sedate and intubate him in hopes that using a ventilator would help his lungs heal, but Ghazarian was pronounced dead Thursday morning.
Despite his young age, his family states that he had a history of asthma and frequent bronchitis as a child, and recently beat testicular cancer, putting him at a higher risk for contracting coronavirus.
His sister said, "He suffered a lot and put up a good fight. We will miss our Jeff every day but we are thankful for all the fun happy memories of the times we had together."
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