Florida orthopedic surgeon returns to practice after recovering from COVID-19

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Orthopedic surgeon Jeffrey Deren, MD, recently returned to work at Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic in Orlando (Fla.) after recovering from the novel coronavirus, NBC affiliate WESH 2 reports.

Dr. Deren began experiencing symptoms of the virus on June 26 — fevers, aches, a cough and shortness of breath — and decided to get tested.

After a positive result returned, he was admitted to Orlando Health Regional Medical Center, where he spent four days.

Healthcare workers at the hospital gave him remdesivir and decadron, a corticosteroid, to help him recover.

While in isolation, fear started to creep in for the surgeon. "You're left with this feeling that you have a disease that killed half a million people and there's no real treatment for it," he told WESH 2.

Dr. Deren was discharged July 7, quarantined at home, and returned to work July 20.

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