“I was afraid they were going to tell me there was nothing else they could do”

For Fort Worth resident Bryan Ayala, COVID-19 struck quickly and hit hard.

At the beginning of May, he was more concerned about the fact that he’d been laid off from his job than he was about catching the virus that was sweeping the globe. In those days, it was thought that COVID was something only people over 60 or with pre-existing health conditions had to worry about and Bryan, 21, had none.

One day, without warning, he noticed he couldn’t take a deep breath.