WATCH: She Realized Her Dream of Becoming a Nurse. Then Tested Positive for COVID, Twice.

Paola Georgia Nurse

Image via courtesy Paola Miranda Pizzi

By Giselle Balido

May 12, 2020

After realizing her dream of becoming a nurse, she tested positive for coronavirus. As she recuperates at home, the young frontline worker is ready to go back to the job she loves. 

Because of her own health issues as a child, Paola Miranda Pizzi grew up with one dream: to help those who feel scared and vulnerable when facing a health problem, just like she once felt. So she studied and worked diligently to receive her nursing degree from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida.

Her dream came true and she currently works at Northside Hospital in Georgia, where she’s been employed as a Registered Nurse since August of 2019.

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“I love the environment there.  Everyone is so friendly and just wants to help,” she told The Americano.

However, when Paola recently started feeling unwell, she went to get tested for COVID-19. The test came back positive.

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After a couple of weeks recuperating at home, dealing with the extreme fatigue and other symptoms of the illness, Paola was again retested for the virus the day after posting this video for The Americano. Once again, the results were disheartening.

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“I tested positive for coronavirus a second time. I felt frustrated because I felt like I was improving. This illness has me so drained and so tired that I am ready for it to be over,” says Paola, who is eager to get back to work and continue her life’s calling of helping those in need.

“I am ready to go back to work, to see my coworkers, and to continue helping and taking care of my patients,” she says. For now, this young frontline worker continues to recuperate at home. 

At The Americano, we salute and honor Paola and all nurses around the world on your #InternationalNursesDay. Thank you for all you do. Stay safe.



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