He's a 30-something Ironman athlete -- but COVID-19 nearly killed him

MINNEAPOLIS — The COVID-19 mystery of Ben O’Donnell, a 30-something Ironman athlete, remains as baffling today as it did March 10 — when Minnesotans learned the state’s first coronavirus case needing intensive care was someone in his prime.State health investigators were perplexed, given the virus’ history of hitting the sick and elderly the hardest.Minnesotans lost hope, because being young and healthy were not surefire shields against COVID-19.“It made everything a lot more real,” said Haley Kramer, an intensive care nurse who treated O’Donnell, “because he was me, he was my husband, he was ...


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