Unvaccinated 22-year-old battling COVID Delta strain

"I physically can't take a deep breath. No matter how hard you try your chest barely expands. You're trying to breathe. It’s like someone's foot is on your chest. You can’t get any air in,” said Tony Calcaterra, 22, who uses oxygen to breathe, as he fights what doctors suspect was the delta variant of COVID on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, at SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake Saint Louis. A healthy young man, Calcaterra has been hospitalized since Aug. 3, 2021. He wants to get vaccinated as soon as he can and urges others to do the same. His father Robert, left, who is also unvaccinated, says they will both get vaccinated as soon as they can. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, lskrivan@post-dispatch.com

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