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Coronavirus survivor reveals what it’s like to have Covid-19

Connery thanks very much for joining us now. You actually got the disease early on you recovered from it. Just talked us through the different stages and what they felt like yeah, so this particular virus. It happens in different stages. As you said, you get better before you get worse, so in my case the first stage was: I had the cold, just a common cold. My nose was stuffy and I had ear problems. Sinus problem that sort of thing, but then you get better before you get worse, so I was getting better and that’s what I got hit with the flu. Now I’ve had the flu half a dozen times, and this was probably the worst I’ve felt with that. It really was quite bad, it wasn’t life-threatening, but I did feel terrible and with the flu and I would stuck in bed, I was I had had a headache and I just generally feeling unwell. I was getting better from the flu and that’s what I hit got hit with pneumonia now the pneumonia I’ve never had that before. So that was quite serious for me and that’s the point I went to hospital and when you had the pneumonia just describe to us, we’ve all heard the word, but none of us so most of us don’t know what it feels like.

What did that feel like to you yeah, so pneumonia feels like you’ve only got 20 % of your lungs working. You can’t take a full breath like you need to and if you stand up and go and walk into the kitchen you’re out of breath, because you just can’t get that breath and it also sounds like you’re breathing through a bag, and your breath is very crackly. And croaky – and it generally is not a fun thing at all and it can be very, very serious and you’re young and you look healthy, so that must have been a really scary thing yeah. During that time it was just because I don’t really drink. I don’t smoke and having that problem was very scary, just because I breathing’s bike to life, if you can’t breathe, you can’t live, and so having that being affected was quite a serious thing. How long have you now been living in this apartment in this room that we can all see in isolation? I’Ve been here for 40 days now over 40 days. It’S it’s been a long 40 days to be honest, and how does that feel 40 days because you’re on your own right, you have a cat but you’re on your own there’s you’re, not living with other people yeah with the technology age. Now I can message somebody straightaway, I’m all over the world. So so look it’s not very lonely. As such, I can.

I can speak to be on Facebook or on my phone, no problem with that, but the actual interpersonal interaction that I’m lacking that definitely is taking a toll. So do you miss the face-to-face contact with other people? I do yes and and many other people are in the same boat as well, because you go down on the streets and normally this city is very vibrant and and there’s a sense of life. You go on the streets at night. There’S people dancing people singing people with families and, at the moment, there’s just nothing like that. Anybody that you do see they’re there they have a mask on they’re, going to do something and they go straight home. There’S no lingering there’s no groups of people chatting and it’s quite sad really. What about your mental health and the mental health of you know your the people that you’re communicating with in will have mental health wise we’re all in the same boat. This there’s nothing. We can do about it, so there’s no point us being being down or being unhappy. It’S just it is what it is. It will be gone soon, we’ll get over it. Do you imagine people in Britain living the same way that you’re living at the moment because they have to because of the rate of infection? I know I don’t. I.

I think that lifestyle is very different here in there’s no Western influence, and it is completely foreign to what we would be used to. I believe that lockdown of a week or maximum two weeks in the UK, I would be fine, but then people would be wanting to get out. People would be wanting breaking the curfew and and there’s no way that the government could really stop them doing that. So considering what you’ve had to go through, do you think that eventually, you will feel safer in China when it comes to the virus than if you were living in the UK? I bill. I believe yes and no, the city that I mean it’s very densely populated and you’ve got thousands of people in the same area. So I believe that the spread happened here so fast because of that, but back in the UK, I believe that the government will have a handle on it and will be able to deal with it in the manner that they should. So you don’t think that levels of isolation that we’re seeing in China at the moment that you’ve been experiencing yourself will be necessary in the UK. I believe that if the the infection rates were to skyrocket and then those measures will have to be implemented, and it will be a case of people that will have to go through some discomfort and just to help everybody else. Finally, Connor: if we get to the same level of isolation that you’re experiencing at the moment, what advice would you have yeah? My advice would be to have a lot of things that will keep you entertained. Take up a hobby learn a language.

I would also advise that people – don’t panic. Panic, doesn’t help anybody if there is an isolation process where everybody has to be isolated, they shouldn’t think about themselves but think about other people. If you are affected, don’t go out, don’t infect other people stay at home, not because not because it’s uncomfortable, but to protect the people around you have you done anything in the last month. You you know. You’Ve always wanted to do but haven’t found the time to do. Have you learned to language? Have you read a book that he haven’t read before tell us yeah I I’ve read a fair few books. I have a Kindle, which is really handy. I’Ve painted I I’ve. Never been good at painting, but I’m slowly learning I’m learning Russian at the moment, just in my free time my my days are busy, even though I am isolated, it’s definitely important to keep busy so so, every morning for half for now I do sit-ups and push-ups And just to keep myself from going mental and I’m learning how to cook properly I’ve never really cooked decent meals, just just anything that you can think of and make sure that whatever you’re doing you’re interested in it and you and you want to do it – sounds Like you’re the model citizen in the age of the virus, I wouldn’t say that I do. There are many more people in this city that that are that are doing the right thing and ideally the rules Connery. Thank you very much for talking to us. Good luck. No thank you. You

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