British Man Diagnosed with COVID-19 Shares His Symptoms and Feelings during Illness
Andy Hardwick, a British man from Essex, has provided some insights on what it feels like to have the coronavirus. In a world where a lot of people still seem to have issues understanding the disease, this could be a great way to start.
In a Facebook video, 51-year old Hardwick explained that he tries to keep a healthy lifestyle, including gym visits at least thrice a week.
He added that he’s also asthmatic, but for most people, the virus’ symptoms usually start with a cough. Then, you feel “generally crappy,” before your lungs begin to tighten. He said in part,
“I didn’t have a fever in this stage, but I went to bed thinking it’d pass. I woke up a few hours later, not being able to breathe properly. Temperature. Sweat. Clammy, but freezing.”
He also added that he’s been feeling severely thirsty, while body parts like his neck, back, and spine hurt as well. As for alleviation techniques, he explained that paracetamol helps to reduce the temperature.
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He ended the video by advising viewers to stay at home and protect themselves as well as their loved ones. Hardwick’s video goes to show how things could be for people who might have some underlying health issues.
There are complexities and differences in symptoms for now.
Usually, the coronavirus amplifies these problems and leaves people highly vulnerable. However, some people don’t display a lot of these symptoms but are still acutely vulnerable.
When popular actor Idris Elba revealed that he had tested positive, he commented that he hadn’t shown most of the symptoms but still had the virus nonetheless.
Earlier this week, Mirror reported that Dennis Wilson, a 74-year-old man from Kansas, had died from the virus after he wasn’t treated because the doctors didn’t believe that he was “sick enough.”
The report confirmed that he had been suffering for a while. However, the doctors didn’t test him for the virus because he didn’t show enough of the symptoms.
If Elba’s video has shown anything, it’s that instances like these shouldn’t happen. It’s also worth noting that while older people are especially vulnerable, we shouldn’t give up on them.
The New York Post reported earlier this week that Alma Clara Corsini, a 95-year-old woman from Italy, has survived the virus and made a full recovery.
It’s undoubtedly great to see that some are still strong enough to fight their symptoms and come out victorious.
We at AmoMama do our best to give you the most updated news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, but the situation is constantly changing. We encourage readers to refer to the online updates from CDC, WHO, or Local Health Departments to stay updated. Take care!