Fit and healthy 40-year-old ‘floored’ by coronavirus begs people to stay indoors

A fit and healthy man has warned people to stay indoors after contracting the coronavirus that left him "breathless."

Andrew, 40, required hospital treatment after testing positive for COVID-19, and since then has urged others to stay at home after "the worst week of his life."

Although he has now recovered, Andrew has been left finding it difficult to breathe due to lung inflammation caused by the bug, despite being a non-smoker, reports Manchester Evening News.

In a Facebook post, he wrote: "Here’s a picture diary of part of my week with Covid 19, the worst week of my life.

"Thankfully with a good outcome, thanks to the great work and care of all the staff at UHSM.

"I’m back home now free from the virus but left breathless from the lung inflammation it caused. This takes time to settle. Thank you for all the support from friends and family, it means a lot."

Andrew added: "I’m a well 40 year old, don’t smoke and keep myself fit. This floored me and I see how this can kill some people.

"Reports say 40% of hospital admissions are in 20-54 age group, people like me who usually never go to hospital.

"Then there are the rest including those who are much older, who are more vulnerable and are more likely to die. ICU’s in London are already at breaking point.

"This is going to get worse. Follow all the advice: hand washing, self isolation etc.

"Now pubs, bars and restaurants are closed just stay at home with your family or walks in the great outdoors.

"As hard as it is don’t mingle, the spread is cranking up and more people will need hospital and more people will die."

Last night, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a national shutdown of all non-essential stores.

The national address came days after Brits refused to listen to calls for social distancing to prevent coronavirus from spreading.

So far, the UK has 6,650 cases of coronavirus, with 335 deaths.

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