Riley Behrens Wiki – Riley Behrens Biography
Riley Behrens is an athletic, healthy, guy following COVID-19 precautions almost to the letter. He is in a hospital bed hooked up to tubes and wires, he opened his Twitter to find that his story had gone viral overnight.
on Wednesday evening, the 23-year-old went to bed with a headache. Three days later, he was admitted to the hospital. He knew something was wrong, but he never expected a brain injury.
Riley Behrens is 23 years old as of 2020.
He suffered a serious health event more often associated with older people is sharing his story to help others understand the very real consequences of COVID-19.
Ahead of his trip home to the San Francisco Bay Area planned for Thanksgiving, Behrens said that he made sure to quarantine for two weeks in his apartment in Tempe, Ariz. His father is immunocompromised.
When his friend lost housing, Behrens offered him a place to crash on the condition that he was being careful to follow health precautions.
The two got tested the Sunday ahead of Behrens’s trip. On Wednesday, their results came back: positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Thank you all so much for the love and support, and to the healthcare staff that treated me and helped me recover enough to go home this evening. While the journey won’t be easy, I‘m going to work my hardest to get back to 100%. For now, it’s one day at a time. #MaskUpAZ pic.twitter.com/Y4jzypn0PX
— Riley Behrens (@RileyBehrens) December 1, 2020
It took exposure to just one friend who had been to a wedding that Behrens didn’t even know about “until it was too late” to give him what at first seemed a mild case of the novel coronavirus.
After five days during which he got sicker and sicker, he started “experiencing sudden weakness in the left side of my body, dizziness, and spotty vision,” he wrote. This on top of chest pain and headaches that were “written off as mild Covid-19 symptoms.”
All this happened in less than 48 hours, he recounted. All this after he had taken precautions.
“I wore a mask in public, social distanced while I was around others, and almost always ordered groceries for delivery or curbside pickup,” he tweeted. “Despite this, I was exposed and got sick.”
He had also quarantined in his apartment for two weeks before heading back to San Francisco to visit family, including his immuno-compromised father, for Thanksgiving, he told the Arizona Republic.
Doctors and studies have noted blood clot issues and neurological symptoms in coronavirus infections since spring, especially in young people, though the virus was first thought to be primarily respiratory.
Riley Behrens Twitter Story Gone Viral
He is in a hospital bed hooked up to tubes and wires, he opened his Twitter to find that his story had gone viral overnight.
Earlier today, I was diagnosed as having suffered a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), or what's commonly known as a mini-stroke. I'm 23 years old and I just had a stroke due to Covid-19 complications.
Not taking this pandemic seriously? Keep reading.
— Riley Behrens (@RileyBehrens) November 30, 2020
Behrens said he’s been “super careful,” buying groceries online and limiting his outings, but he believes his peers aren’t being as diligent.
It’s why he tweeted about his experience while hooked up to tubes and wires. It was mainly for his inner circle, to say “I’m close to you. This happened to me.”
His story resonated far beyond his own friends. The Twitter thread has since gone viral, amassing thousands of likes and retweets.
“I want people to know this is real,” he said.
“Had you asked me a week ago if I would be this sick, I probably would’ve laughed in your face. At 23, I never thought I’d be sitting in a hospital bed barely able to move my left side or have trouble with my sight.”
Behrens believes his story should serve as a “wake-up call.” Even a young, healthy person who did “all the right things” can still find themselves sick. He believes he was exposed by a friend he let crash at his apartment after the friend lost his housing. He had even asked the friend about his recent close contact history.
“This is not some sort of hoax or a joke. It’s not that ‘the media is making it worse.’ If you don’t think this is real, you need to open your eyes,” he said.
“I had no idea I’d go from being able to play a whole rugby game to getting tired walking down the hall of my apartment.”