Lakeland resident Richard DeFreese has had asthma since childhood. Later in life, he also developed a chronic lung disease commonly known as COPD.
“I can’t run 30 feet. If I do, I’m bent over sucking in air,” says the 75-year-old retiree. “So that’s what it does, it just incapacitates your lungs.”
That’s why he worried so much about catching the coronavirus. But, despite taking advisable precautions, DeFreese and his wife contracted the virus earlier this month.