Coronavirus: Woman issues warning from NHS hospital bed after contracting infection

NHS worker Sharon Cook is pleading with the public to stay home

Matt Mathers@MattEm90
Thursday 02 April 2020 17:10
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Tearful woman urges people to stay home after battle with coronavirus

A woman who tested positive for coronavirus has urged the public to stay home in a video shared from her hospital bed.

Sharon Cook was admitted to in-patient services on 23 March after contracting the deadly virus and remains in hospital.

She has since recovered from Covid-19 but subsequently contracted sepsis pneumonia and describes her ordeal in the short clip.

Ms Cook, an NHS worker from Lincolnshire, pleaded with the public to stay at home and heed government advice on social-distancing.

“I just want people to know how important it is to stay at home – it’s not worth going out even if you miss your friends,” she said in the video, which had been viewed 100,000 time on Thursday afternoon.

“I’m on the mend and I’m in my own room on two lots of antibiotics. I’m just struggling really to breathe but apart from that I feel so much better than I did.

“I had a temperature and felt so ill for over two weeks.”

Ms Cook said that she was missing her home and family

She added: “If someone gave me an injection to put me down I would’ve taken it.

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“This is awful because I can’t move or do anything because I have no breath – but at least I don’t feel like I did.”

“I’m really missing home and everybody. I feel sorry for myself. Hopefully I’ll be home soon and it will all be okay.”

The UK’s coronavirus death toll rose to over 2,000 on Thursday, health officials confirmed.

Later today, health secretary Matt Hancock is expected to set out a five-point plan to improve testing in the UK.

It comes after widespread criticism that the government was not doing enough to improve capacity.

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