Mum says horrifying coronavirus symptoms that made ‘her body feel like it was on fire’ and as if ‘she’d swallowed glass’ – The Sun

A MUM today revealed the horrifying coronavirus symptoms that made "her body feel like it was on fire" and "as if 'she'd swallowed glass".

Photographer Mandy Charlton, 46, was admitted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle via ambulance on Friday evening with a temperature of more than 38 degrees Celsius.

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She is now self-isolating at home until the end of the week and has been sleeping for 20 hours a day and taking paracetamol to recover.

Mandy, from Newcastle, said: "I know my temperature was once 37.9 and once over 39. I have a weird dry cough which hurts.

"My body has felt like it has been on fire, waking up drenched, horrible.

"I’ve had flu before but this was something else."

Coronavirus cases today hit 1,963 with 71 deaths in Britain as the killer bug grips the UK.

A nine-month-old boy in Manchester is just one of the latest cases reported this week while a baby in Norfolk was confirmed with the virus.

Meanwhile, the UK’s youngest coronavirus victim was last night named as 45-year-old Craig Ruston – as his devastated wife paid an emotional tribute.

Boris Johnson this week announced drastic new measures in an attempt to slow the spread of the bug – with confirmed cases worldwide today topping 200,000 worldwide.

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Mandy said she had been left horrified around how to get home after her hospitalisation.

She said: "When it came to the hospital saying I was well enough to go home and self-isolate, I asked how I would get home.

"They said I could wait nine hours whilst they tried to get some isolation transport or I could ask a friend.

"I had a panic attack at that point, thankful for my best friend who risked her own health to get me home.

"I don't for one moment blame the doctors or the nurses, I wholly place the blame on the government."

Entrepreneur Mandy started feeling unwell after one of her daughters came home from school with a fever last week and believes she contracted the virus from her.

She claims despite being admitted to the hospital’s coronavirus isolation unit upon arrival, she was ‘shocked’ to find the porters pushing her bed to a scan allegedly weren’t being given face masks and even paramedics were having to borrow them from the wards.

Mandy spent a night in the hospital, before being discharged 12 hours later, and claims she had to use a hospital gown as a pillow because the hospital had run out of pillows.


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She said luckily, her children are old enough to be able to look after themselves during her self-isolation period.

Mandy said: "One of the nurses said I was lucky to be admitted when I was.“At the moment they’re coping, but in a few weeks they won’t be.

"The porters weren’t even given masks.

"I asked one of them and he said the day before they’d had to wear plastic visors but then on that day, Friday, they’d been told they would be fine without any protection.

"The paramedics were having to borrow masks and aprons as they’d run out."

The PM last night promised a £350bn 'war-time' bailout to stop coronavirus from wrecking the economy.

His people’s bailout will be the biggest rescue package in peacetime.

The PM has warned the nation to avoid pubs, theatres, restaurants and all social gatherings.

And he cautioned last night: "I stress that although the measures announced are already extreme, we may well have to go further and faster in the coming days to protect lives and the NHS."

Brits were this week advised to work from home where possible as the Foreign Office advised against all non-essential foreign travel for at least 30 days.

And while schools remain open, Boris dropped a heavy hint they could be closed within day.

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