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Leon County COVID-19 survivor shares important message of caution

Posted at 6:18 AM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 07:42:53-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Over the weekend, ABC 27 spoke a Leon County man who says he and his wife have recovered from the coronavirus.

Now, they're ready to get their lives back to normal.

Doctors say his wife caught COVID-19 from her recent travel to London, but William Boller isn't convinced.

Boller says he first started showing symptoms on March 2, days before his wife ever left the country.

"Thought it was a little bit of cold, you know, and then when she got here on the seventh she started feeling symptoms about the 9th or the 10th so two or three days later."

Boller did visit the VA, but was told he didn't meet the criteria for testing. It wasn't until after the health department confirmed his wife's case that he got tested too.

"I think it's negligence on the VAs part and that we've completely missed a huge number of cases that have already come to Florida and Leon county specifically. They just went under the radar."

While frustrated that he was not tested sooner, Boller says he accepts some responsibility for taking so long to get help.

"I didn't realize how mild the symptoms could be or that it was even here."

With him and his wife's names now added to the list of survivors Boller offers a word of caution to us all.

"Don't just think about yourself. Be selfless in this situation. we have to come together as a community. I know it's boring. I know this sucks. However even if you don't come in contact with the elderly or immunocompromised you could be spreading to someone who does," Boller said.

As for how he got the virus, Boller believes he got it from a friend of his who tested positive.