A 28-year-old man who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 has shared a desperate plea for all young people from his hospital bed at Kerry General Hospital in Ireland.
“I caught the coronavirus in London. I had no symptoms. I tried to avoid a potential lockdown in London so I could be at home with my mother,” Michael Prendergast told Sky News.
“I arrived home on the 16th of March, on Monday, and by Tuesday I had horrific shortness of breath, an extremely hot temperature. By Wednesday it had exacerbated.”
Prendergast explained he has now been in hospital for five days, and says there is a dangerous misconception amongst the general public that COVID-19 is akin to the flu.
Prendergast says the illness, which originated in Wuhan, China, has almost killed him.
At the time of reporting, on March 24, coronavirus has killed over 16,000, and infected almost 400,000 worldwide.
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The young man, who is an asthmatic, added that his suffering from coronavirus has been “indescribable”.
“It will come in waves. I could feel poorly but then I would get a wave that would last four or five hours that would be the most intense, overwhelming feeling,” he explained.
“I was shaking and by Wednesday night, I was having convulsions in bed… I would’ve never imagined I would have been so sick.”
‘I never imagined I could have been so sick’.
Micheal Prendergast is 28 and has been in isolation in hospital with acute COVID-19 symptoms.
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“It has been an ordeal that I will never forget and it brought about a lot of existential questions, being trapped in this isolated room,” the 28-year-old reflected.
“And I thought, if my life ends now, have I been a good person? And have I done enough in my life? There’s still so much I want to achieve.”
The 28-year-old had a specific message for young people, too, saying: “If you don’t get affected as bad as I have, I guarantee you that your parents, or your aunts and uncles, or your grandparents are going to be.