A CORONAVIRUS patient has begged people to stay inside and stop taking “unnecessary risks” – in case they end up stricken with the deadly bug like him.
Calum Wishart has been left in agonising pain in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after what he describes as the “most horrendous week of my life”.
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The 25-year-old – who struggles to move in his hospital bed due to violent coughing fits and breathing troubles – wants to use his experience of Covid-19 to warn public to better care of themselves during the pandemic.
Calum says being stuck in the house is “infinitely better” than going through the bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea caused by coronavirus – which has claimed 1,829 lives in the UK.
And he has also urged the government to impose stricter measures to try and stop the spread of the virus.
After coming down with a small fever a week past Thursday, Calum’s condition rapidly deteriorated to the point where he was constantly uncomfortable and unable to eat.
Over a week on from his first symptoms, in the early hours of Saturday morning, he was rushed to the hospital when his breathing worsened and he was confirmed as having coronavirus.
The customer service adviser said: “In a strange way, it was a relief to get the diagnosis because the thought of going through what I was then potentially getting coronavirus later was terrifying.
“But also because I had in mind that I wanted to do a post with a proper account of what it’s like to have the virus and how awful it is.
“I feel like I was seeing a lot of people take too many unnecessary risks and going out when it’s not absolutely essential.
“I want to try and help as many people as I can and crucially help the hospital staff, as they are going to struggle badly to have the resources to cope if loads of people get this.”
Calum, from Paisley, admits he was guilty of believing that younger, healthier people would not be too badly affected by coronavirus – but his week from hell has completely changed his view.
Stuck in his hospital bed – with visitors completely out of the question – he is now finding it difficult to perform basic tasks without putting himself in excruciating pain.
Calum said: “As soon as I move from a lying position, I start violently coughing. And this can lead to vomiting and diarrhoea.
“Even turning from my back to my side triggers it. It also makes me have to pant and I really struggle to breathe for several minutes afterwards.
“Anything like getting up to go to the toilet or to get a glass of water is a massive ordeal.
“The virus is so contagious that the hospital staff have to change their disposable gloves, mask and coveralls to a new set every time they come in and out of the room.”
Calum wants others to learn from his experience, rather than having to go through it themselves.
He said: “I can appreciate that sitting in the house not doing much can be boring but I can absolutely guarantee that it is infinitely better than having to go through coronavirus.
“Please just stay inside and only go out for food shopping. You’re protecting you, your loved ones, your community and also your local hospital staff.
“I feel the government needs to clarify exactly what essential work is – for me that’s medical services and technical services that tie in with emergency care and places that stock food.
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“The government should also be telling people only to go out if they need medical attention, are going to assist someone that needs help or they are going to get food.”
Calum was also quick to praise the “superheroes” that have been looking after him at the Edinburgh Royal.
He said: “The level of love and care that they’ve shown me and my fellow patients has been absolutely unbelievable. I’ll never be able to thank them enough for how they’ve looked after me.”