MOTHER of four, Elizabeth Smith, has warned parents not to let their children out to play as she describes the terrifying moment she discovered her two-year-old daughter Lexi had contracted COVID 19.
Lexi has been in and out of hospital with symptoms and her mother is concerned that it will spread to her other children, who are all below the ages of 10.
Elizabeth, who lives in Cambridge, said, “Lexi started getting symptoms on Tuesday March 17. She started getting a dry cough and she had a temperature which reached 37 degrees. Over a week later her temperature had hit a high of 40.9 degrees.
“After five long hard days of fighting the virus, her little body couldn’t take any more. She became unresponsive and started fitting. She’s so unwell, but after a bag of fluids and medication we’re finally home. Probably have another five days of this.
“She is doing better now, however she is struggling throughout the day because her body hurts so much, and now myself and my husband have started getting symptoms. I woke up this morning and we were both coughing uncontrollably; we have awful headaches and our bodies are both hurting. I want people who are letting their children out to play with their friends still to see the effects of what can happen. We need to unite together and listen to the government so we can fight this.”
Another Coronavirus survivor, who wishes to be identified as only Steve, said, “It feels like I have been coughing up a lung. I am constantly coughing and it has caused me so much pain, I’ve never felt anything like it. I was waking up to my whole bed wet from sweats and I had a temperature reach 38 degrees. I had a shortness of breath and my whole body ached the whole time. Currently I have overcome the illness, however I am still coughing and my body shakes. It was the worst two weeks of my life.
“As I am a postman it has really affected my day to day life, although I am now better. NHS 111 have advised me to stay home for a further seven days to make sure the virus has gone, taking it to a total of three weeks where I have been off work and ill. I didn’t have any tests to see if I had the Coronavirus. I was told to stay home and wait the symptoms out as there are a limited amount of tests available, but I think the whole community, government and NHS are doing the best they can.”
The worldwide Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic has spread across 199 countries [as of April 3]. The virus was first found in Wuhan, China, and COVID 19 was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Many countries have gone into lockdown to try and prevent the spread of the virus.
The United Kingdom went into lockdown on March 23 with a series of regulations to follow which Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered police to enforce. Anyone caught breaking lockdown can be fined.
Mr Johnson, in a press annoucement, said, “You should not be meeting friends, if your friends ask you to meet you must say no.
“If you don’t follow the rules, the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.”
For more details of the Coronavirus and what to do if you get symptoms go to the NHS 111 website: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19