A man suffering from coronavirus has spoken of a “delay” symptom he claims may be the first sign of Covid-19.
While the number of positive Covid-19 cases rose to 14,579 across the UK on Friday, officials warned “we are all at risk”.
And one man, Shiraz Maher, called his symptoms “particularly cruel” while outlining his experience.
His comments come two weeks after first developing signs of Covid-19 and showing symptoms related to the deadly insect.
The 38-year-old, with no underlying conditions, started having symptoms two weeks ago.
He had a mild fever that went very quickly, reports the Mirror.
Unsure whether he had coronavirus, he believed he would come and go while feeling better until, after a short delay, his “lungs began to pack and my chest tightened”.
Describing the cough that then developed, he said: “[It] it was dry and unlike anything I’ve ever had before. It was much more extreme and pronounced than a dry cough that you might have during a flu attack.
“There seems to be something deeply lodged in your lungs, which they are (violently) trying to expel.
“Of course, there is really nothing to expel. The resulting cough is dusty, dry and painful.
“Much more frightening is that you are not sure when you will stop coughing. You have no control over it. There have been times when I was worried that I would start vomiting because the cough was so severe.”
He says the “particularly cruel” nature of coronavirus means that recovery is not linear, which means there are times when he started feeling better before he got worse again.
A fortnight after his first symptoms, he says he finally feels like he is starting to beat him, but remains far from 100%.
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“Coronavirus seems to have a completely different trajectory in different people,” he said on Twitter.
“I can’t find a pattern.
“Some shake it relatively easily. Others suffer a lot. The hardest part of this is the extent to which it takes over the lungs.
“I have lost several days of my life due to this disease. Many, many other people will lose our lives.
“This virus continues to spread everywhere and you – literally, you – can help stop it with the most basic efforts. Wash your hands. Stay home. Do it now.”