A healthy UK teen diagnosed with coronavirus has shared his symptoms diary to show other youngsters they must take the pandemic seriously.
The teenager from Oldham, Greater Manchester, was rushed to hospital by paramedics after falling severely ill with Covid-19 symtpoms.
The teen, who has no underlying health conditions, was in and out of Royal Oldham Hospital over a period of six days as he battled the virus.
The teen, who asked not to be named, wants to thank the medical staff for the fantastic care he received.
But he also wants to warn young people to not be complacent – as they may not suffer mild symptoms.
Even if they do have a milder illness, they could still pass the virus that has already killed hundreds in Britain on to someone more vulnerable.
Thee teenager outlined for the Manchester Evening News what happened to him in his own words.
Tuesday, March 10
On Tuesday, I was burning up. I felt hot then it went away.
Wednesday, March 11
I began feeling ill. I had muscle cramps and aches, I felt really drowsy.
Thursday, March 12
On Thursday morning I woke up at 5.30am shaking, I went freezing cold. I woke up and took a big breath, but I couldn’t catch a breath.
I was breathing in and out no air was going in. It was the most horrible feeling I’ve ever had, I didn’t have a clue what was going on.
I called 999. An ambulance came, I couldn’t breathe properly. I was freezing and had a temperature of 38.4C.
When the paramedics came I felt better. I was still shaking, I didn’t want to go to hospital but I did because of the symptoms.
They controlled my breathing with breathing exercises.
When I arrived at hospital I went through to a nurse.
They said they didn’t know what it was. They all had masks and gloves on and aprons.
But it wasn’t a coronvirus ward, it was A&E. They were working so hard.
I began to feel better. I self-discharged while waiting for a doctor. I felt fine, I wanted to go home.
I went back home on Thursday afternoon.
It got to 3.30pm. The shaking started again, I felt dizzy and nauseous on top of everything, and my temperature came back. I couldn’t stop shaking, I felt really cool.
My dad took me back to hospital, he drove me. We didn’t know what it was.
(At the hospital) I had bloods taken, then I was taken to the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) ward.
I had my own room, they thought it was viral meningitis. I was given an IV drip of fluids with antibiotics for bacterial meningitis as a precaution.
I was kept in overnight.
I had swabs taken for MRSA as standard.
Friday, March 13
I woke up feeling better Friday. I was better but not 100pc. I went home Friday afternoon.
Saturday, March 14
I began feeling better.
Sunday, March 15
I woke up on Sunday feeling groggy, and got a call from a doctor, telling me I had tested positive for coronavirus.
The test was taken when from the swab when I was tested for MRSA. I had to go back to hospital on Sunday night.
I suffered a constant headache, shaking and dizziness.
They kept me in the Sunday night. I went to a side room at the AMU.
The doctors and nurses came in with masks. They gave me IV fluids and checked my temperature.
It was on and off, really weird. I left the Monday afternoon.
A warning to others
The patient said he now feels better. He felt ‘very tired’ for a while but he is now ‘right as rain’.
When he recovered fully he went to the AMU ward with five bags full of shopping, to say thanks to the medics that cared for him.
No one in his household suffered any symptoms but they have all been in self-isolation as per government guidance.
The teen, who has had pneumonia once before, said he ‘can’t believe how stupid some people are’ after seeing reports that youngsters have been ignoring the rules around social distancing.
He said: “I can’t believe how stupid people all are.
“If they get it and bring it into their house, they might not be as lucky as I have been. We’ve see pictures of people dying, they might not be as lucky. (Young people) can’t visit (their dying relatives) in hospital, that could be their fault.
“Stay indoors – it’s not that difficult.”
Today, it was reported that a 21-year-old woman with no underlying health conditions died from coronavirus.
The family of Chloe Middleton, from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, told the Mirror they are going through ‘unimaginable pain’ following her death.