A 37 year-old coronavirus victim gave chilling live updates of their battle with Covid-19 as it killed them. Pj McClelland, who was non-binary and used ‘they/them’ pronouns, died on April 11 two days after sharing a Facebook post so disturbing they included a trigger warning for ‘references to death/dying.’ McClelland, of Brandon in Florida, was diagnosed with Covid-19 late March, and wrote thousands of words on her experience with the disease. Early on in their battle with the illness, they said: ‘I’m getting sicker by the day. It feels like I have a migraine, bronchitis, and the flu all at once. My temp went up to 102.2. I called Brandon Hospital to ask if I needed to come in.


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A 37-year-old Tampa Bay resident has died from complications of COVID-19, making them one of the youngest in the area to perish in the outbreak. They had chronicled their agonizing fight with the virus for weeks on Facebook, sharing hope and humour. PJ McClelland and their COVID-19 battle are now being remembered for their honesty and bravery until their dying day.

"I'm getting sicker by the day. It feels like I have a migraine, bronchitis, and the flu all at once," PJ McClelland shared in their first Facebook post in late March. "Don't worry about me. I'm relatively young and healthy. Worry about the people I've been around who are EXTREMELY high risk. It breaks my heart to think I may have given this to them."

McClelland was non-binary and used "they/them" pronouns.

They started chronicling their story on Facebook on March 27 after testing positive for COVID-19. They discovered their diagnosis after going to Raymond James Stadium to be swabbed at the county’s drive-through testing site.

Their posts ranged from updates on their declining condition to descriptions of their treatments at Brandon Regional Hospital, but always included near-constant pleading for people to stay home.

"Assume you, and everyone else, has the virus and act accordingly," they warned in a later post. "I still see people on my friend list who aren't taking this seriously."

Brandon Hospital


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A 37 year-old coronavirus victim gave chilling live updates of their battle with Covid-19 as it killed them. Pj McClelland, who was non-binary and used ‘they/them’ pronouns, died on April 11 two days after sharing a Facebook post so disturbing they included a trigger warning for ‘references to death/dying.’ McClelland, of Brandon in Florida, was diagnosed with Covid-19 late March, and wrote thousands of words on her experience with the disease. Early on in their battle with the illness, they said: ‘I’m getting sicker by the day. It feels like I have a migraine, bronchitis, and the flu all at once. My temp went up to 102.2. I called Brandon Hospital to ask if I needed to come in.


Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2020/04/16/coronavirus-victim-37-gave-terrifying-live-updates-covid-19-killed-12565612/?ito=cbshare

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MetroUK | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MetroUK/

A 37 year-old coronavirus victim gave chilling live updates of their battle with Covid-19 as it killed them. Pj McClelland, who was non-binary and used ‘they/them’ pronouns, died on April 11 two days after sharing a Facebook post so disturbing they included a trigger warning for ‘references to death/dying.’ McClelland, of Brandon in Florida, was diagnosed with Covid-19 late March, and wrote thousands of words on her experience with the disease. Early on in their battle with the illness, they said: ‘I’m getting sicker by the day. It feels like I have a migraine, bronchitis, and the flu all at once. My temp went up to 102.2. I called Brandon Hospital to ask if I needed to come in.


Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2020/04/16/coronavirus-victim-37-gave-terrifying-live-updates-covid-19-killed-12565612/?ito=cbshare

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MetroUK | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MetroUK/

A 37 year-old coronavirus victim gave chilling live updates of their battle with Covid-19 as it killed them. Pj McClelland, who was non-binary and used ‘they/them’ pronouns, died on April 11 two days after sharing a Facebook post so disturbing they included a trigger warning for ‘references to death/dying.’ McClelland, of Brandon in Florida, was diagnosed with Covid-19 late March, and wrote thousands of words on her experience with the disease. Early on in their battle with the illness, they said: ‘I’m getting sicker by the day. It feels like I have a migraine, bronchitis, and the flu all at once. My temp went up to 102.2. I called Brandon Hospital to ask if I needed to come in.


Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2020/04/16/coronavirus-victim-37-gave-terrifying-live-updates-covid-19-killed-12565612/?ito=cbshare

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Earlier this month, McClelland told how they’d been turned down for hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug which has allegedly shown promise in treating seriously-ill COVID-19 patients, because they weren't in critical care, and that they’d also discussed end-of-life measures with medical staff.


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McClelland said that while they were initially admitted to Brandon Regional Hospital, they were sent home to recover.

"I asked for a rx for chloroquine, since it was approved by the FDA today. He said that rn they're only giving it to patients in the ICU for whom essentially all hope is lost. Although I'd like to have it, I'm very, very grateful that I'm not in that position," they said in another update.

During their journey, McClelland offered comfort and company to those who were also battling the virus, including welcoming those who had tested positive to visit.

"I'm currently battling COVID19, and I'm all alone under mandatory quarantine. I know I'm not the only one. If you are feeling lonely, you can message me here, or text or call me. We can also video chat. If, and only if, you have already tested positive and need to be around another human, you're welcome to come over and chill on my patio with me," the post stated.

McClelland's last update was on April 9 where they called themselves "lucky" compared to other patients.

“I know I’ve said this, but it bears repeating: I’m one of the lucky ones,” they wrote. “I’ll update later, assuming I don’t collapse from sheer exhaustion.”

They died two days later from complications.

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