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Former City Councilor Tito Jackson’s symptoms started the night of March 14 with a sore throat and dry cough, but quickly progressed to body aches, a sore throat and a fever.

He had suffered through the flu before, but it was nothing like what he was now experiencing.

“It was the worst illness I ever had,” he said. “The body aches and pain — it was the worst, times 10.”

The inflammation in his lungs manifested as pain in his back. But there was pain everywhere in his body.

“It felt like someone was shooting a laser through my ankles and knees,” he said. “Plus, I had difficulty breathing and a headache.”

Jackson had little sleep that night. At that point, he knew there was a strong possibility he was suffering through COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. He made the decision to self-quarantine the following day.

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