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Briton who contracted coronavirus in Wuhan explains symptoms

March 9, 2020

It was a case of, I’ve never
experienced this before and that’s what worried me
the most. A the end of November, I was
feeling just a normal cold. and the problem with this virus
is that it progresses in stages. So you’ll have a cold, you’ll get better,
you’ll get worse, you’ll get better and then you get worse again. Personally, I started with a cold. I got better from the cold
and that’s when I was hit with the flu. But I got better from the flu and that’s
when I was hit with pneumonia. And the pneumonia stage, because
I’ve never experienced it before, that’s when I went to the hospital
and got it checked out. I was feeling achy, I just wanted
to curl up into a ball. I had ear problems and sinus problems,
where it felt like there was a balloon being blown up
in my face. From there, that’s when the pneumonia
stage hit and that came very suddenly. It was a case of going to bed,
waking up and not being able to breathe. It scared me because breathing is
the necessity to life. If you have the flu, you feel like
you’re going to die, but you’re really not. But when your lungs get affected,
that’s when it scared me and I couldn’t take a full breath. It’s the sort of thing … And especially how it progresses from
just a common cold to that. People can just have a cold
and still go about their daily business and start infecting other people
and this is why it’s very important that people in the UK, if they
have any symptoms of any disease, or problem or illness, that they should
go and get it checked out first and also try and stay home
as much as possible.


  • Reply Louise White March 7, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    Awful, poor guy, hope he manages to make a full recovery and that this terrible virus doesnt take any more lives 🙏

  • Reply Jeannie Campbell March 7, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    I feel I had something like this last year ..makes me wonder if I had a form of this ,I wonder if its possible I still have problems with breathing at times ,I guess there are many forms of flu that is why its confusing .

  • Reply Alex Warner March 7, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    There’s incredible variation in people who contract the virus, some people will be worse than this guy and still recover, while a lot will be a lot milder

  • Reply andrew furnell March 7, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    You was unable to breathe?We listening to your ghost then?eerie

  • Reply Stephen Hill March 7, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    Fear, fear, fear. Gobble, gobble, gobble.

  • Reply Najm Saqib March 7, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Anybody coming to UK is not checked for coronavirus. Why?

  • Reply Cryss sk March 7, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    If I catch the virus, can I sell it on Gumtree?

  • Reply Hind Chay March 7, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing, glad you got over it.. I’m trying to keep positive.. humanity overcame many viruses since ever, like Black Plague let alone the recent ones.. sars, swine flu, bird flu, cow and mouth disease etc..

  • Reply A B March 7, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    This guy is definitely the type of person to tell any old story just to fit in with the other kids!

  • Reply Jim Goodwin March 7, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    Sufferers struggle to breathe…..
    Shoppers stockpile bog paper…..!

  • Reply jean Henly March 7, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    dont worry its not that bad
    i am worried because it is that bad
    its life threatening

  • Reply Matt Frampton March 7, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    "Go and get it checked out" BY CALLING 111! Do not visit your GP at the first chance, call 111 and follow their advice.

  • Reply Rhys March 7, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    Poor man, wanna do duos?

  • Reply Susan March 7, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    The virus goes into your ACE2 receptors at the bottom of your lungs and it then replicates and you get viral pneumonia. That's the virus' job!

  • Reply Kit Hale March 7, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    I've had viral pneumonia and it's horrible. I was sleeping upright with pillows stacked behind me. The worse thing is until it gets bad enough ti become a secondary infection antibiotics wont help.

  • Reply Tess March 7, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    get it check out or stay home? one or the other buddy

  • Reply TOM S March 7, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    "Gets better then deteriorates again". Sounds like my relationship with my ex wife lol

  • Reply cool faces March 7, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    Are you ever gonna shut up about corona virus, peoples lives are now being impacted by this overreaction.

  • Reply Luke Madams March 7, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    Cool feel much better now

  • Reply Ritchie Schofield March 7, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Watching this is like looking at myself back in early Feb.
    I had every symptom and illness you're describing and in that order I'm 40 and in all my years I've never felt that bad it brought me to tears twice. I had horrendous flu then following that I was diagnosed with bronchl pneumonia I could not walk upstairs without nearly suffocating.
    I was coughing up phlem constantly for min 3 weeks I took amoxicillin which did nothing.
    Then I took ciprofloxacin which eventually cleared after another fortnight. Unless It was my body fighting it off naturally?
    At 1st I thought it was 50 50 I had it the more I look into it the more I think I had it. I then had a common cold followed by chronic post viral syndrome which flattened me I slept pretty much all day for another week. I looked like I was dying. 7 weeks on I'm 100% and back in gym. I'm so glad as my heart rate never dropped below 100 for weeks. My bp was elevated but not dangerous.
    Like 160/90. It's too late to test now as I'm no longer coughing up anything but it does make me really wonder. Thanks for upload BTW

  • Reply Andy Parker March 7, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    So this guy had it pretty bad… what – everyone who gets it will have different symptoms and a different degree of severity. This is yet more scaremongering.

  • Reply Liam Parkinson March 7, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    Surely when all this is over China needs to introduce safeguarding measures in these Chinese rural live food markets, like health and safety inspectors in the food industry do when they assess restaurants in the UK and USA, they need to implement this to prevent further viruses occurring, and lets be honest, its in their own best interests as its going to affect their economy very badly

  • Reply my lord March 7, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    This guy has a pretty large forehead

  • Reply UNRELEASED VEVO March 7, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    They need to find the cure for pneumonia

  • Reply MGTOW Stan March 7, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    What is the point to go to the common doctor the "check you out" ? They know what to do less then you. Nor do they care really. They cant care they aare helpless.

  • Reply Justin Case March 7, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    OMG someone was ill and got better but he might not have? That's it, I'm bulk buying and don't even care about big pharma's stocks or new laws to control me even more

  • Reply dave8323 March 7, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    This sensationalist story is ridiculous. Even the guardian. The uk has no free, impartial, or even rational press

  • Reply Justin Case March 7, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    The media needs to rank its crises narratives, and its awfully difficult. The coming economic, energy and water crises are going to make it really tricky

  • Reply Arch Stanton March 7, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Probably couldn't breathe for the peezle

  • Reply gopher wiretap March 7, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Have a couple of Capstan full strength, that'll get your lungs cleared up in no time !!

  • Reply Edward Spencer March 7, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    “I was unable to breath” bro what you living off petrol ?
    Seriously tho glad your all well

  • Reply K20rotrex March 7, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Stay home how ? No work no money no house

  • Reply Stephen Connor March 7, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Actor reading of cards,,lift you're eyes up,

  • Reply Jonny Sl March 7, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    I have previously , like most people , had bad chests and chest infections in the past .
    Moving forward ,
    Just before Christmas I suffered from a bad chest which was different from anything previous .
    I was so short of breath I thought I was going to suffocate .
    My physical ability was seriously impaired , I felt very short of oxygen .
    I was so short of breath I was unable to sleep because of inability to breathe .
    Painful coughing and coughing up blood .
    That was December through January .
    I now have the same symptoms but even worse than before .
    I have not been anywhere abroad since 2017 .
    I live in England .
    I rarely go out socialising .
    I have been to a hospital in January and they admitted me to their care but later
    Refered me to the care of my gp. however an appointment was not available for some time .
    After those looking after me protested to the Surgery an unknown Doctor rang me and said
    I did not sound short of breath at all , on the phone and when asked said the purpose of
    Her call was to determine whether I really needed an appointment , despite the urgency
    expressed in the release letter from the Hozpital Doctor .
    I asked Please may I have some antibiotics as requested by the Hospital Doctor .
    I was given no appointment and it took 2 weeks to get the first antibiotic .
    In the meantime my condition worsened .
    I have been to a Doctors Surgery once in February and once in March .
    I have never been to Wuhan .

  • Reply Shane redgate March 7, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    Everyone will get it.. the more that get it the more it spreads quicker

  • Reply Happy NewYear March 7, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    Wouldn't believe it but you where looking at a very intelligent person he's not at all, avarage corna virus catcher this guy is intelligent as hell

  • Reply evilboi March 7, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    I might have corona virus

  • Reply afsana parvez March 7, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    Happy you fully recover

  • Reply afsana parvez March 7, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    You are very brave

  • Reply Forbidaxe March 7, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    UK here… This guy is explaining something that I mostly had before Christmas, I caught a really rough cold that got better after 4 days, then got worse 12 hours later as thought it was full flu symptoms and like he said about the balloon, my face just felt like a slow motion grenade went off in my head, ear pressure imbalance pain was horrible, sinus infection and pus out of right nostril was never ending. On the 9th day I felt like I was really going to die and was an hour away from deciding on going to the walk in center as I was now fearing for my life… All this and I can't say I noticed any Pneumonia symptoms, maybe a little bit ???, had I got full severe Pneumonia symptoms on top of what I already had, I think begging for the bullet would have been a happy thought… Now I'm kind of thinking I don't want to try this Coronavirus thing, nor do I think it's just something small like a bad cold that people say don't be soft about. What I had before Christmas made me use 5 packs of Ibuprofen tablets and 7 packs of Cold/Flu tablets, they did nothing, which is an astonishing amount than I normally use for a cold, usually just a pack and a half or two of cold/flu tablets. I feel now I should have gone the walk in center earlier and had myself prescribed Amoxicillin, though I heard that was useless too.

  • Reply matias johnston March 7, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    If you drink a Corona beer it cures the Coronavirus

  • Reply matias johnston March 7, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    The latest advice is to frequently clean your whole body with bleach, 5 times a day

  • Reply VeryDarkとても暗い March 7, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    For Your Information, the Corona Virus or COVID-19 may seem alarming at first, but the media always to tend to over exaggerate things and deaths from the virus are more likely due to people being older and already have pre-existing medical conditions.

    To be safe, just cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing perhaps where an anti pollution mask, wash your hands with soap and water and keep your immune system in check.

  • Reply Not just another guy March 7, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    It seems like it does NOT come in stages for most people, seems like most people are hit suddenly with a fever followed by a cough, then it progresses until the fever goes down and you start to feel better quite rapidly. Like it hits you on the way in and it hits you on the way out, without any warnings. That's from what I've seen on most survivor stories. This guy makes a mistake saying that it does come in stages, when he should have said it CAN come in stages, because his experience seems to be rather unusual.

  • Reply kingda117 March 8, 2020 at 12:13 am

    If we look on the bright side, it might strengthen the gene pool by eliminating those who get their medical information from Donald Trump.

  • Reply Jack Striker March 8, 2020 at 12:30 am


  • Reply Michael Weaver March 8, 2020 at 12:33 am

    Complete scare mongering

  • Reply Chillpanse March 8, 2020 at 1:05 am


  • Reply Hippopotatotatotamumus March 8, 2020 at 1:47 am

    Don't be like my friend here who got the coronavirus, getting the coronavirus is part of the problem

  • Reply The High Llama March 8, 2020 at 3:10 am

    If this disease gets so serious that all travel is banned and people are forced to stay home, I hope Trump issues an executive order forbidding landlords, banks, and insurance companies from evicting tenants, collecting on payments owed, or from cancelling insurance plans (for 60 days at least). If I can't leave my house or commute to work, how can I pay my bills?

  • Reply bubba gump March 8, 2020 at 4:28 am

    China just murdered the world.

  • Reply MsFlipped365 March 8, 2020 at 4:32 am

    Soooooo, now I see the hype. 😭

  • Reply Michelle March 8, 2020 at 5:39 am

    I've had a cold for 9 days now….hmm

  • Reply Pacific Traveler March 8, 2020 at 6:01 am

    man this guy mouth scary as is imagine that and coronavirus RIP to this guy girlfriend

  • Reply Jay Cee March 8, 2020 at 6:21 am

    What you’re describing is exactly how I felt in 2019
    I had a serious sinus issues early in the year , which kept being an ongoing thing , I would have vertigo also, I then started with throat infections and sinus infections that would come and go , then lots of fatigue, no fever though. This went on for months on and off, come July my chest was affected, I felt I had constant mucus build up, yet there was no sign of ‘infection’ in my xrays, my breathing sounded so wheezy I felt short of breathe, with a sore / swollen throat and sinuses. I just couldn’t shake it off

    This was ongoing for 6 weeks I later found out after a swab that I had Type A influenza ‘supposedly’ unfortunately my brother also got sick and died. This was last year August. I wonder whether we had this virus back then ?

  • Reply charles the entertainer 2 March 8, 2020 at 6:36 am

    The next virus will be very very very bad worst than covid

  • Reply Jose Arredondo March 8, 2020 at 6:49 am

    I haven’t heard that there are several stages sick better sick better

  • Reply James Simpson March 8, 2020 at 7:10 am

    Somehow "go and get it checked out" and "try to stay home as much as possible" do not belong in the same sentence. One can pick up a whole range of ailments whilst in a medical waiting room.

  • Reply M.A.P Productions March 8, 2020 at 8:03 am

    Is anyone else on here thinking, "oh my poor old heart bleeds, what a goddamn pity"

  • Reply tiah lol March 8, 2020 at 8:11 am

    I have a bad cold right now. Am I gunna die at 14?

  • Reply manashi pachani March 8, 2020 at 8:26 am

    Thank you for sharing this message

  • Reply Tom Meyer March 8, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    If you couldn’t breathe you would die

  • Reply UNRELEASED VEVO March 8, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    I have a cold rn…..

  • Reply Athena SuperHeldin March 8, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Did he jst say the end of november I started getting sick?!

  • Reply xiao neo March 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Wuhan city hosted t the 7 th CISM military world games between 18/10/2019 to 27/10/2019. Gamers from 109 different countries went there.Then ,one month later the disease emerged. Coincidence?maybe,or maybe not.

  • Reply Trish Poppins March 8, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Glad you are doing ok …xx

  • Reply Durze March 8, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    كورونا لايك أزا عربي

  • Reply melissa March 8, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    People that get flu shots are more susceptible to coronavirus…

  • Reply katrina berntsson March 8, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    It is still in him as it has a
    hiv repetitive strain

  • Reply Julia Gray March 8, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    Take high dose vitamin c

  • Reply Toni Santos March 8, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    Gurl y u lying

  • Reply Neil Wilson March 8, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Don't go to the doctor's surgery or a hospital if you have symptoms. Call 111 in the UK. The shots of thousands of sick people queuing at a hospital in South Korea were horrifying to see.

  • Reply Tauridium March 8, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    Corona Virus… Hmm a nicy bottle of whiskey should do the trick xD

  • Reply chrlii March 8, 2020 at 11:41 pm

    He sound Australian

  • Reply william evans March 9, 2020 at 12:05 am

    Ho get it checked out and try to stay at home if possible. If it spreads like butter people will take their kids to A&E

  • Reply Bilbo Baggins March 9, 2020 at 12:26 am

    How can you go and get it checked out if you have to stay at home??

  • Reply Mr Moon March 9, 2020 at 1:26 am

    Is there any evidence this guy actually had Sars cov2?

  • Reply JeepCherokeeful March 9, 2020 at 1:33 am

    Absolutely don’t go and get it checked out! Horrible reporting

  • Reply blastman8888 March 9, 2020 at 1:51 am

    Telling people to run to the hospital when they get the sniffles is going to overload the system. The virus is going to spread the best advice is to stay home if you get sick and not spread it around even if it's just a common cold. If your fever last more then 3 days, or shortness of breath go to the hospital get it checked out or see your doctor first if you can.

  • Reply mybluebelly March 9, 2020 at 3:44 am

    I hope after you get it you become immune. Wouldn`t want to have this type of flu on an annual basis.

  • Reply Deborah E March 9, 2020 at 4:12 am

    He never mentioned he had coronavirus. This video could be from years ago. And the video was obviously trimmed a bunch probably to make it sound current.

  • Reply Snoww Wwhite March 9, 2020 at 4:34 am

    nobody wants to know unless you were in wuhan or with people from wuhan, tests? what tests? college kids dont get tested, not even when they got terrible coughs for two weeks.

  • Reply Dad StopLikingMyComments March 9, 2020 at 7:28 am

    Who else is sick and low key thinking they have corona 👀

  • Reply Mustafa Kasim March 9, 2020 at 7:44 am

    Woah! I didnt know covid 19 could lead to pneumonia!

  • Reply Mustafa Kasim March 9, 2020 at 7:44 am

    Restrict people’s movement for goodness sake!!!

  • Reply Instagram: SugarRayQ March 9, 2020 at 8:15 am

    Does it kill young people? I mean ofc but I mean is it a high chance ?

  • Reply Kerstin March 9, 2020 at 9:00 am

    I am so dissapointed with the media coverage these days….did you all forget, that a normal flu cost around 20.000 death per year (in germany for example)?! Stay alert not anxious and we should do so with the normal flu.

  • Reply Guardian News March 9, 2020 at 9:19 am

    Coronavirus latest updates: all countries must make containing outbreak 'highest priority', says WHO ►

    Coronavirus facts: what's the mortality rate and is there a cure? ►

    Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should I see a doctor? ►

  • Reply Matowix March 9, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Sounds like fun. Can't wait to experience it

  • Reply MrStr8den March 9, 2020 at 10:07 am

    His symptoms of a common cold first started the end of November; does this mean the virus been around months longer than thought?!

  • Reply snake gamer March 9, 2020 at 11:53 am

    I think i have it. Please message me. Not sure and don't want to spread sickness by going into drs

  • Reply Mat 2k March 9, 2020 at 11:56 am

    Problem is you can't tell if he got a normal cold or flu before he got Covid-19. Story seems not very likely.

  • Reply ally March 9, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    Well…. right now I have a cold 🙂 and I have some bad respiratory problems so ill let you all know.

  • Reply Shah Ji March 9, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    The whole world should get together and destroy china

  • Reply Oz Osborne March 9, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Where's his accent from can't place him but sounds like someone else can't think who

  • Reply Sid Sed March 9, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    Can anyone please just tell me how come the Corona viruses jumped from China and landed all the way in Italy??

  • Reply John Hunter March 9, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    Why is he not looking at the camera?

  • Reply Shubham Pandey March 9, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    The cure for coronavirus is a herb called boosts your immunity and attacks cold and fever viruses!!!

  • Reply Lily C March 9, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    I just flew internationally from Spain and now have a cold 😳🤬😖

  • Reply JP callaghan March 9, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    I've had the flu once in my life, and i felt like i couldn't breath, this guys obviously never had the flu, cos the way he spoke about the flu, as if its just like a really really bad cold is not how it is, your whole body aches your temp goes sky high, your chest feel heavy and you feel like your breathing smokey air, you have sneezing fits, cough to the point your ribs hurt and sometimes cough up blood. However corona virus sounds really similar, i'm not looking forward to it, and we will all get it at some point

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