Coronavirus sufferer releases tearful warning to stay at home
Coronavirus sufferer releases tearful warning to stay at home as she reveals she has been in hospital for over a week and is now battling sepsis pneumonia
- Sharon Cook, from Lincolnshire was hospitalised with coronavirus on March 23
- She urged the public to ‘stay at home’ amid the COVID-19 outbreak in a video
- Ms Cook, who has sepsis pneumonia, described symptoms virus left her with
A tearful coronavirus patient who now has sepsis pneumonia has urged the public to ‘stay at home’ in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.
In her appeal, Sharon Cook, from Cherry Willingham, Lincolnshire, who was hospitalised with coronavirus on March 23, described the ‘horrendous’ symptoms the virus had left her with and explained it was ‘not worth going out even if you miss your friends’.
Ms Cook took to Facebook from her hospital bed to tell the public: ‘I thought I’d do a quick Vlog. I’ve been in hospital since March 23 with COVID-19. I was tested as positive but now that’s getting better.
‘Now I have sepsis pneumonia which is why I can’t talk very well. I’m a bit breathless but I have oxygen so that’s good.
Sharon Cook, from Cherry Willingham, Lincolnshire, who was hospitalised with coronavirus on March 23, urged the public to ‘stay at home’ amid the COVID-19 outbreak
‘I just want people to know how important it is to stay at home, it’s not worth going out even if you miss your friends.
‘I’m on the mend and I’m in my own room on two lots of antibiotics. I’m just struggling really to breath but apart from that I feel so much better than I did.
‘I had a temperature and felt so ill for over two weeks. If someone would have given me an injection to put me down I would’ve taken it, it was awful.
‘The COVID-19 is horrendous compared to this. This is awful because I can’t move or do anything because I have no breath – but at least I don’t feel like I did.’
During the emotionally-charged footage, Ms Cook went on to explain that she missed her family and was still in her own room at hospital.
She continued: ‘I’m really missing home and everybody. I feel sorry for myself. My main warning is for people to not go out because it’s horrible.
‘At least we can get over this and we’ll have ages to do what we want to do. Hopefully I’ll be home soon and it will all be okay.
‘I thought I’d just let you know it’s not like a little flu and although I know you can get milder cases it’s still not nice.
Ms Cook told the public that while she missed her home she hoped she would be able to return soon
‘Anyway hopefully next time I’ll be okay and by the way I haven’t washed my hair for over two weeks.
‘Even if I had the stuff now I don’t have the energy.’
The emotional scene comes just a week after the Prime Minster Boris Johnson announced new UK lockdown rules stopping people from leaving their home except for food, medical treatment, one exercise per day or ‘essential’ work.
Last week Mr Johnson urged people across the country to remain indoors and said they could be met with fines or even arrest if they do not ‘stay at home’.
In an unprecedented move, the country’s leader ordered the immediate closure of all non-essential shops and announced that gatherings of more than two people would be banned in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.
In his address to the country Mr Johnson said: ‘Without a huge national effort to halt the growth of this virus, there will come a moment when no health service in the world could possibly cope; because there won’t be enough ventilators, enough intensive care beds, enough doctors and nurses’.
He added: ‘Though huge numbers are complying – and I thank you all – the time has now come for us all to do more.
‘From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction – you must stay at home.
‘Because the critical thing we must do is stop the disease spreading between households.’
Yesterday it was revealed that the UK had recorded another 563 coronavirus deaths, taking the nation’s total death toll to 2,352.
Health officials also confirmed that 29,474 people in the country have now tested positive for COVID-19.
WHAT IS SOCIAL DISTANCING?
Social distancing is a term used by health authorities to help slow the spread of coronavirus by keeping an appropriate distance between people.
Australian health authorities recommend at least 1.5 metres between each person at all times.
This is because coronavirus can be transmitted by:
- Being in the same space for a long period
- Touching the same surface
Social distancing also refers to limiting physical contact with each other as much as possible which has led to authorities encouraging people to work from home, avoid crowded spaces and public transport as much as possible.
Source: Australian Department of Health
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