Doctor Shares Cautionary Tale: Covid-19 Infection Ends with Stitches and Hospitalization

Doctor Contracts Covid-19, Suffers Injuries Requiring Stitches After Fall

Dr. Robert Wachter, renowned for his expertise in advising on the risks of Covid-19, recently experienced a double surprise when he tested positive for the virus and ended up needing stitches due to an unfortunate fall. The Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, shared details of his ordeal on social media, highlighting the importance of being cautious even for those who are fully vaccinated.

Dr. Wachter revealed that his symptoms began with a dry cough on July 9, and by that night, he had developed a fever, chills, and a sore throat. Unfortunately, on the following day, he made a mistake by taking a shower while experiencing these flu-like symptoms. The consequence was a fall that left him unconscious and resulted in injuries requiring stitches on the back of his head and his forehead.

Known for being an influential figure on Twitter, where he shares his risk assessments and Covid advice, Dr. Wachter emphasized the lesson he learned from his own experience. He warned against showering or taking a hot bath when dehydrated and unwell, as it can cause blood vessels to dilate, leading to a dangerous drop in blood pressure.

Fortunately, Dr. Wachter had his future son-in-law nearby to rush him to the emergency room at UCSF. He was admitted to the hospital, underwent several scans, and was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma, which occurs when blood accumulates between the brain and the skull. Additionally, a CT scan revealed a neck fracture in one of his vertebrae.

Expressing his gratitude to his colleagues who treated him, Dr. Wachter acknowledged that at his age, a few scars don’t bother him much. He stated that his main focus now is on recovering and minimizing the severity and duration of the illness, as well as the risk of experiencing long Covid. To aid in his recovery, he is taking antiviral medication and plans to continue his cautious approach if Covid cases remain low.

While Dr. Wachter admitted that he sometimes removes his mask in non-crowded meetings, he stressed the importance of being more careful about dehydration and hot baths. He hopes others can learn from his experience and avoid similar accidents.

In conclusion, Dr. Robert Wachter’s personal encounter with Covid-19 serves as a reminder that even vaccinated individuals can contract the virus and face unexpected challenges. His cautionary tale urges everyone to remain cautious and prioritize their well-being, especially during times of illness. With the hope of a full recovery, Dr. Wachter continues to advocate for responsible behavior amidst the ongoing battle against the pandemic.