What it’s like to get coronavirus: Student from Wuhan reveals his three-week ordeal including 102F fever, pains ‘in every part of my body’ and a cough so bad ‘I thought I would die’

Friday, February 14, 2020
By Paul Martin

Coronavirus patient from Wuhan has revealed what it’s like to have the infection
The 21-year-old student said he first felt symptoms of the disease on January 21
He said the infection left him with a temperature of 102F (39C) pains in ‘every part of my body’ and a cough so bad ‘I thought I would die’
Ye was eventually put in quarantine, and said it took him three weeks to recover

14 February 2020

A coronavirus survivor has lifted the lid on what it’s like to contract the killer disease – including a soaring temperature, pains, and a cough so bad ‘I thought I might die’.

The 21-year-old student, going under the pseudonym Tiger Ye, said he first noticed symptoms on January 21 while at home in Wuhan, ground zero for the disease.

Ye said that the first signs he was ill came when he was too weak to finish his dinner, and noticed that he had a raised temperature.

With news of a new and potentially lethal virus spreading, Ye took himself to the city’s Tongji Hospital to get tested – only to find a waiting room filled with dozens of other people who also feared they were infected.

Facing an hours-long wait, Ye said he went to another hospital to get some medication that he thought might help, before quarantining himself at home.

Speaking about the first four days of his illness to Bloomberg, he said: ‘I suffered from a high fever and pains that tortured every part of my body.

‘I was coughing like I was going to die.’

After four days he went back to Tongji for a follow-up appointment where CT scans revealed that he likely had coronavirus, and that it had spread to his lungs.

But medics refused to give him a test that would confirm whether he had the virus, because they were running low on kits and his symptoms weren’t severe enough.

He was sent home to self-isolate a second time when his symptoms suddenly worsened.

Ye said his temperature soared to 102F (39C) and he thought he was ‘knocking on hell’s door’.

The hospital finally admitted him, gave him anti-viral drugs to bring his temperature down, and a test which confirmed he had the virus.

After him symptoms began easing then sent him back home with another course of medication after running out of beds.

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