Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Mother, 46, battling coronavirus describes horror symptoms

A mother-of-three fighting coronavirus has revealed how it left her feeling like her whole body was on fire and she 'had swallowed glass'.

Photographer Mandy Charlton, 46, was admitted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle via ambulance on Friday evening with a temperature of more than 39C.

She is now self-isolating at home until the end of the week and taking paracetamol to recover.

Speaking about her horrific symptoms, Mandy, from Newcastle, said: 'I had a high temperature and a throat that felt like I'd swallowed glass. I've been sleeping approximately 20 hours a day.'

The coronavirus outbreak has caused havoc all over the world, with the government's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance admitting there are likely to be around 55,000 cases of coronavirus currently in the UK.

On Tuesday officials recorded the biggest daily spike in cases yet, with 407 patients diagnosed in the past 24 hours – meaning 1,950 Britons have now caught it. 

The death toll also jumped by 16 to 71 on Tuesday 

Speaking about her experience with the killer virus, Mandy said: 'I know my temperature was once 37.9 and once over 39. I have a weird dry cough which hurts.

'My body has felt like it has been on fire, waking up drenched, horrible. I've had flu before but this was something else.

'When it came to the hospital saying I was well enough to go home and self-isolate, I asked how I would get home.

'They said I could wait nine hours whilst they tried to get some isolation transport or I could ask a friend.


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