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San Diego family infected with coronavirus

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Posted at 10:42 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 02:18:37-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A san Diego family had their world turned upside by the Coronavirus.

Yara Ayala, 45, her husband, Miguel, 42, and their 22-month-old son, all tested positive for COVID-19, according to Yara.

"My husband started two weeks ago, and a week ago is when he could not breathe anymore," Yara said. "We took to the emergency room at 4:30 in the morning on Saturday, and by 6:30, his lungs started shutting down. And he had to be incubated too after I dropped him off."

Yara says Miguel had heart surgery three years ago and is taking blood pressure medication. Doctors told her those could be playing a part in his fight against the virus. His condition hasn't changed since going to the hospital, according to Yara.

Doctors tested Yara and her son, confirming they both have the virus. They have been self-isolating at home since. Yara says her son's condition appears to be getting better. However, she is plagued by a relentless cough, and she is continuously weak. Yara says she has to monitor the oxygen in her blood, and if it drops below a certain level, she's been instructed to call the emergency room.

While the virus has taken a physical and emotional toll, it's also taken a financial one. A family friend has started a GoFundMe to help. Meanwhile, relatives, friends, and members from their church have been dropping off food outside their door.

"We've been very blessed with food for the past week," she said. "But we're both unemployed, so I have to figure out what to do.

Yara says it's unclear how they got the virus. Both she and her husband had been working from home for nearly a week before symptoms began to show. They hadn't traveled out of the country recently, and they've been following social distancing guidelines. She hopes that others realize that they can't be too careful when it comes to the Coronavirus.

"We never thought that we would catch this. That's all I can say, just stay home," Yara said.