More than 153,000 people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus globally, according to the World Health Organization. The number of dead has risen to nearly 5,800 people.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on March 16, 2020

As governments worldwide increase limitations on normal life as the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continues to see infection rates rise, perhaps you think you’re fine, not at risk and beginning to think the wall-to-wall coverage is a bit of a pain.

More than 153,000 people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus globally, according to the World Health Organization. The number of dead has risen to more than 6,500 people, according to an estimate from John Hopkins University. Italy reported 368 new deaths from the coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases rose to 24,747, the country’s civil protection authority said. Iran announced more than 100 people had died in the past 24 hours, with the confirmed cases nearing 14,000.

But you’re 25, fit and healthy, just like Connor Reed. a Welsh teacher living in Wuhan, China, who was one of the first to be infected with coronavirus.

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“It was the end of November when I first became sick,” Reed said in a Facebook video.

“The first symptoms were just a common cold and the problem with the common cold is, you don’t think it is serious.

“During that time I had coughs, sniffles, a sort of pain behind the eyes, sinuses, and that’s the stage where it is most risky, because you can inadvertently spread it to other people.

“The first symptoms were definitely mild – you’re definitely not going to be going to work during that stage but you’re not going to die!”

Then came a second and third stage which are a lot more serious.

“The problem with the coronavirus is you get better before you get worse,” said Reed.

“I got better from the cold, thinking I was getting better, and that’s when it hit me and got worse.

“So from the common cold, I got hit with the flu.

“Now people say “Oh just the flu”. This was bad flu. Obviously “man flu” you’d think but this was bad.

“There were times where I really wasn’t feeling good.

“So the flu stage I was in bed, I was watching movies, just feeling bad about myself.

“From the flu I had massive ear problems and also throat problems. I was coughing so much that my voice died, I sounded like a frog.

“Now, this stage where I had the flu, it really felt like I’d been hit with a truck. It was difficult to move, difficult to do anything, not only physical symptoms but mental symptoms. It was a case of … I just didn’t want to do anything. It was debilitating.”

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Sounds horrific but there is a third stage – pneumonia.

“This is where it was the scariest,” said Reed.

“It felt like you were breathing through one lung, through a paper bag.

“You get up to go to the bathroom and you’re out of breath, you just can’t get that full breath.

“I did not think I was going to die, but I really was not well at all.”