Andrew Smith, professor of practice in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications and chairman of the board of directors of Collegian Media Group, returned home Wednesday, marking a milestone in his ongoing road to recovery from COVID-19 and bilateral pneumonia
On Friday last week, he had hoped he would be hope by Monday, and it seems his estimation was only off by a couple of days.
Earlier on Wednesday, Smith made a second update video on Facebook. At the time the video was made, he was not on oxygen around the clock anymore and was hopeful his time in intensive care was coming to an end.
Smith says since he decided to go public with his diagnosis with COVID-19, he’s received an “outpouring” of support and concern from people all across the United States.
“It’s just been overwhelming for me and my family,” Smith said. “And we’re so, so grateful.”
While he says the pneumonia is starting to lighten up, there are still some lingering concerns. He says he’s “cautiously optimistic.”
“We are not talking beating and winning and victory really,” Smith said. “We’re trying to get an even play field and maybe mount a little bit of a lead.”
He is still battling fevers and other lingering effects of the virus, including liver problems.
“Things are looking up. We’re not to the finish line yet, but they’re getting better,” Smith said.
Smith said he hopes people will take the kindness and support they’ve been showing him and his family and turn that around to help their own communities.
“Be that person that brings together those in your community, and starts to push everybody on the same path,” Smith said. “We’re going to need each other. … Everybody’s got something to give.”