“Hit by a truck”: what a severe case of coronavirus feels like

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH RESIDENT OF WUHAN, CONNOR REED, SAYING:

“… that felt like I’d been hit by a truck”

Hit by a truck. That’s what it feels like to have a severe case of coronavirus.

Connor Reed, from Britain, was hospitalized after the virus brought on pneumonia – and left him struggling to breathe.

And all of that in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak – and also where he lives and works.

He talked to Reuters about his recovery.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH RESIDENT OF WUHAN, CONNOR REED, SAYING:

“I first had a cold – just a everyday cold, a thing that everybody gets. I then got better before I got worse. So from the cold I progressed into the flu.

Now I’ve had the flu a few times in my life and this was definitely the worst flu that I’ve had. From the flu, I got better again, and that’s when I (then) had pneumonia. The pneumonia stage was when I went to the hospital because I thought it was quite serious […] it was quite debilitating in regards to just generally feeling unwell.

The lights were affecting me, (and) sound. I just wanted to rest. It really wasn’t great.

However, it wasn’t life threatening. When I had pneumonia, that’s the point where it was getting quite serious. It felt like I could only use half my lung capacity, and every breath that I took wasn’t enough and I just couldn’t get enough air […] Everything’s changed.

Everybody’s taken the time to adjust and we all have adjusted.

It’s a case of people doing the best with what they have.”

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