He shared before-and-after photos to illustrate just how serious COVID-19 can be.
He shared two images to his 30,000 Instagram followers, one taken about a month before he fell ill, the other snapped at a Boston hospital. His weight dropped to around 63 kgs as he battled the disease.
'I thought only a week had gone by, ' he said. I wanted to show that it can happen to anyone.
Though he knew about the virus, Schultz told BuzzFeed News that because he was young and had no underlying conditions he figured he could risk a trip to see his boyfriend, a 29-year-old DJ named Josh Hebblethwaite, perform at the festival.
Nurse Mike Schultz is now a strolling billboard for how COVID-19 can ravage your physique, assuming you survive - the previously tremendous match man is almost unrecognizable after a 6 week battle.
Schultz then explained why he chose to share the photos of what the coronavirus did to his body, stating, "I knew what I thought going in [about the coronavirus]". "I wanted to show it can happen to anyone". "There aren't enough words to describe how thankful I am for his help, for the support from my family, and for the thoughts and prayers of so many of you".
'I was so weak. "This was one of the most frustrating parts", he recalled. He said holding his cellphone felt heavy and his hands shook while trying to type.
He also had no idea just how long he'd been in hospital for, having lost track of time. Among those who attended the Miami festival, 38 had tested positive for COVID-19 and three reportedly died of the infection.
He said they were aware of COVID-19 at the time but there were no lockdowns or restrictions in place.
Within days of arriving in Boston to go to his boyfriend, Schultz's fever hit 103 and he struggled respiration.
He was given oxygen and sedated before being transferred to another hospital where he was intubated for more than four weeks.
That's when she let him know he hadn't been in the ward for one week but he'd been there for six. "It was definitely scary".
Schultz said that he and Hebblethwaite received some negative criticism online for attending the Winter Party.
"It was pretty much like he was in a coma".
Before contracting the virus, he had weighed about 86kg.