A retired NYPD honcho who contracted — and beat — the coronavirus chronicled “the stress and the isolation” of the illness online to give “comfort” to others battling the bug.
“As we draw on the love of each other, and our own humanity, we will certainly get through this, and somehow, even though this is so painful, we will be better off because of it,” former NYPD Transit Chief Joe Fox wrote in a post on his website titled, “Reflections During My COVID-19 Inflection”.
The 37-year-NYPD veteran contracted the disease in early March.
“One minute I was fine, and the next minute I knew I had a fever,” he recalled.
But he was lucky, he said, because he didn’t require hospitalization.
“Some days were a bit worse than others, but overall my experience was much better than what many others have been dealing with.”
Maintaining connections with friends and family while in isolation is critical, he said.
“It is important, and even helpful for each of us to recognize how bad the impact of this can be on us, emotionally and spiritually and physically,” Fox wrote.
“As we draw on the love of each other, and our own humanity, we will certainly get through this, and somehow, even though this is so painful, we will be better off because of it.”
He felt “very lucky” to recover from the bug,” Fox told The Post Saturday.
“I am symptom-free for seven days now. I feel so fortunate because although those 14 days when I was sick was no joke, many people have it a lot worse,” Fox said.
“The coughing that pretty bad, but I did not have to go to a hospital,” he added.
Fox, who began his career as a patrol officer in Brooklyn’s 70th Precinct, took a new gig in 2018 with a life insurance company aimed at protecting fellow first responders. He’s also a public speaker.
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