Coronavirus Survivor Explains symptoms
Connery actually got the disease early, he recovered from it, and just talked us through the different stages and what they felt like.
“So, this particular virus it happens in different stages. You get better before you get worse so in my case the first stage was. I had a cold just a common cold my nose was stuffy and I had ear problems, sinus problem that sort of thing but then you get better before you get worse. so I was getting better and that’s when I got hit with the flu now I’ve had the flu half a dozen times and this was probably the worst I’ve felt with that.
It really was quite bad it wasn’t life-threatening but I did feel terrible and with the flu and I would be stuck in the bed I was I had a headache and I was just generally feeling unwell. I was getting better from the flu and that’s when I got hit with pneumonia now pneumonia I’ve never had that before so that was quite serious for me and that’s the point I went to hospital and when you had pneumonia just describe to us we’ve all heard the word but none of us so most of us don’t know what it feels like.
Coronavirus affected his Breathing
So pneumonia feels like you’ve only got 20% of your lungs working, you can’t take a full breath like you need to and if you stand up and go and walk into the kitchen you’re out of breath because you just can’t get that breath and it also sounds like you’re breathing through a bag and your breath is very crackly and croaky and it generally is not a fun thing at all and it can be very very serious.
During that time it was just because I don’t really drink I don’t smoke and having that problem was very scary just because breathing’s life, if you can’t breathe you can’t live and so having that thought of being affected was quite a serious thing for me.
I have been living in isolation, I’ve been here for 40 days now, over 40 days it’s been a long 40 days to be honest
40 days because you’re on your own right you have a cat but you’re on your own there, you’re not living with other people yeah with the technology age now
I can message somebody straightaway I’m all over the world so look it’s not very lonely as such I can I can speak to people on Facebook or on my phone no problem with that but the actual interpersonal interaction that I’m lacking that definitely is taking a toll.
Start of the Isolation Period
I do miss the face-to-face contact with other people I do yes and many other people are in the same boat as well because you go down on the streets and normally this city is very vibrant and there’s a sense of life you go on the streets at night there’s people dancing, people singing people with families and at the moment there’s just nothing like that anybody that you do see there they have a mask on they’re going to do something and they go straight home there’s no lingering there are no groups of people chatting and it’s quite sad.
This isolation has also affected my mental health and those of other people being isolated from me. There’s nothing we can do about it so there’s no point in us being down or being unhappy it’s just it is what it is it will be gone soon we’ll get over it.
I can imagine people in Britain living the same way that you’re living at the moment because they have to because of the rate of infection I know I don’t think that lifestyle is very different herein there’s no Western influence and it is completely foreign to what we would be used to I believe that lockdown of a week or maximum two weeks in the UK I would be fine but then people would be wanting to get out
People would be wanting to break the curfew and and there’s no way that the government could really stop them doing that so considering what i’ve had to go through, I do think that eventually, I will feel safer in China when it comes to the virus than if I were living in the UK.
The city that is very densely populated and you’ve got thousands of people in the same area so I believe that the spread happened here so fast because of that but back in the UK, I believe that the government will have a handle on it and will be able to deal with it in the manner that they should so you don’t think that levels of isolation that we’re seeing in China at the moment that you’ve been experiencing yourself will be necessary in the UK.
I believe that if the infection rates were to skyrocket and then those measures will have to be implemented and it will be a case of people that will have to go through some discomfort and just to help everybody else finally Connor if we get to the same level of isolation that you’re experiencing at the moment what advice would you have yeah my advice would be to have a lot of things that will keep you entertained take up a hobby learn a language.
I would also advise that people don’t panic, panicking doesn’t help anybody, if there is an isolation process where everybody has to be isolated they shouldn’t think about themselves but think about other people if you are affected don’t go out don’t infect other people stay at home, not because it’s uncomfortable but to protect the people around you.
How he has taken advantage of the isolation Period
I’ve read a fair few books I have a Kindle which is really handy I’ve painted, I’ve never been good at painting but I’m slowly learning I’m learning Russian at the moment just in my free time my days are busy even though I am isolated it’s definitely important to keep busy so so every morning for half an hour.
I do sit-ups and push-ups and just to keep myself from going mental and I’m learning how to cook properly I’ve never really cooked decent meals just anything that you can think of and make sure that whatever you’re doing you’re interested in it and you and you want to do it.
There are many more people in this city that are doing the right thing and ideally, following the rules These are excerpts from Connery’s interview.”
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