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Retired chief master sergeant Juan Lewis recovers from the coronavirus in a Dutch hospital in Sittard, Netherlands, across the German border from Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base, where Lewis works. Also known as the Fired Up Chief for the uplifting talks he gave airmen, Lewis said the virus ''hit me so hard that it made me want to die.''
Retired chief master sergeant Juan Lewis recovers from the coronavirus in a Dutch hospital in Sittard, Netherlands, across the German border from Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base, where Lewis works. Also known as the Fired Up Chief for the uplifting talks he gave airmen, Lewis said the virus ''hit me so hard that it made me want to die.'' (Juan Lewis/Facebook)

In this review episode, Military Matters podcast hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris talk some more with one of last week's guests, retired Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Juan Lewis — also known as the Fired Up Chief — about how his recovery from COVID-19 is coming along.

Lewis is continuing to improve, but he's not yet able to go home from the care facility. He talks about his current health status, what it's going to take to be able to go home, how long his doctor says his overall recovery is expected to take and what the full measure of that recovery might be.

Lewis also talks about the value of keeping a positive mindset while battling the disease, as well as the importance of following CDC guidelines as states and communities look to loosen restrictions to restart the economy.

Stars and Stripes' podcasters are working to get you information you need to help you get through this worldwide crisis. Stay safe, and subscribe today!

The full transcript of the podcast can be found here.

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