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Is coronavirus actually as bad as this claims? Surely we'd of heard more about that?

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YellowEllis Mon 15-Jun-20 15:52:53

I was finally becoming relatively relaxed, but I find this very alarming?

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peekaboob Mon 15-Jun-20 16:00:41

My next door neighbour has had a mild case. Currently on week 6 and has been given an inhaler, never having needed one in his life before. He's just been signed off work for a further two weeks.

Waxonwaxoff0 Mon 15-Jun-20 16:04:44

I tend to take things I read on social media with a pinch of salt.

bottle3630 Mon 15-Jun-20 16:07:13

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Quartz2208 Mon 15-Jun-20 16:10:53

She has is saying in BAME adults over 45 that are severe enough to need hospital attention she is seeing a widespread inflammatory response (further down on her twitter). Something that has I thought been widely known?

One person in the US has had a lung transplant already

Quartz2208 Mon 15-Jun-20 16:12:50

On the same reply thread someone is genuinely telling someone who tested positive for Covid that they didnt have it because for them it was no worse that a cold. Because you know if you have had it.

Even though we know lots of asymptomatic cases and he had a positive result they pass off as a mistake

bumblingbovine49 Mon 15-Jun-20 16:13:48

there is some emerging evidence about ongoing problems in some patients

This article says "The UK National Health Service assumes that of Covid-19 patients who have required hospitalization, 45 percent will need ongoing medical care, 4 percent will require inpatient rehabilitation, and 1 percent will permanently require acute care.*

But obviously it is just a cold hmm

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colouringindoors Mon 15-Jun-20 16:16:20

A good friend of mine, white, 50ish has been extremely ill with Covid and remains very debilitated- chronic fatigue etc 3 months later. It can have take months to recover and it can cause permanent lung, heart and metabolic damage.

Powerof4 Mon 15-Jun-20 16:16:28

Yes, it’s true. It may cause inflammation of the blood vessels. Haematologists are saying it can cause clotting throughout the body. A Chinese ICU consultant said in early cases people died as the lines they put in clotted immediately and were therefore ineffective. No one was prepared for this. It can simultaneously cause failure to clot in the same patient in another part of the body. Studies about long-term organ function are ongoing at the moment. Why it affects some like this and not others is not yet known.

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Mustbetimeforachange Mon 15-Jun-20 16:18:52

"intelligent virus"? Viruses are encapsulated pieces of genetic material which replicate using host cells, not sentient beings.

Squiz81 Mon 15-Jun-20 16:20:56

This is the same with all viruses though isn’t it. My friend had swine flu when that was doing the rounds and felt the repercussions for ages. My father in law ended up with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome after the flu years ago.

Senoritaono Mon 15-Jun-20 16:21:11

Really appalling scaremongering from a nurse. Hardly a professional way to communicate and not really the role of a nurse to be communicating the effects of a disease to the public anyway, especially on social media. He/ she communicating this to the world through her anecdotal experience of what she has picked up through the ward...just not how things should be done.

DomDoesWotHeWants Mon 15-Jun-20 16:23:35

DS1's partner is having serious lung problems weeks after the virus has gone. She's in a support group of local people with similar issues.

It doesn't seem to be newsworthy. Very worrying.

Kitcat122 Mon 15-Jun-20 16:27:26

I had it mildly in March and still suffer shortness of breath and chest pain. I was an exercise freak before now I can only walk very slowly. It's very frightening. I just hope I will recover.

WrinklesShminkles Mon 15-Jun-20 16:31:52

As an ICU nurse she isn't going to see many non-serious cases though, is she? She sees the worst cases and seems to be thinking that's what they're all like. It's a spectrum, and very dependent on your state of health before infection. I think that's why the UK has had so many deaths, because our average state of health is pretty poor.

ArcheryAnnie Mon 15-Jun-20 16:33:40

I got ill in late March. It's now June, and I'm still not well. I'm a lot better than I was, and I can have very good days, and then something will happen (my blood pressure will plummet suddenly, or I will get breathing problems again, or I will have vomiting and a bad stomach, or I will just be so tired it exhausts me to sit on the sofa) and then I'm back in bed again. There's been times during the course of this illness my teenage DS has had to come and check on me every 15 minutes or so, just in case I get worse, and there's been times I have been afraid to go to sleep at night in case he finds my corpse in the morning. (I believe I'm past that point, but there's been so many weird things about this disease that it's hard to relax.)

I'm a "mild" case, and there's plenty like me. I have had a couple of weeks of beginning to work again, to go out (I'm no longer infectious) but I've basically spent most of lockdown bedbound, doing fuck all, alternating between sleep and terror.

Long story short: yes, for many people, even ones who mostly rode it out at home, it can be very bad.

If you get it, you probably won't die. That's what kept the worst of the fear away. You probably won't die. You might be completely asymptomatic, and have no problems at all. You might have a bad cold for a week and then be fine. Or - even if you remain a "mild" case - you might end up like me. It's something of a lottery.

Peterbishopssarcasticsmile Mon 15-Jun-20 16:33:52

It won't be newsworthy if it's true because the economy needs people to go back to work

Isthisfinallyit Mon 15-Jun-20 16:35:38

It can be that bad yes. Did they not communicate that at all in the UK? Some people will end up with severe lung or kidney damage. In my country there was a healthy 20-something year old that got a double lung transplant. Many leave the ICU with possible lifelong organ problems.

Most people who get it will recover, but you don't know who will get it badly. It's not just the old and vulnerable. If anything, a lot of old people are left to die at home instead of being transferred to the hospital because the chance that they make it is so small that it's better to let them stay home with family to say their goodbyes. In the ICU they die alone.

Orangeblossom78 Mon 15-Jun-20 16:35:45

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Peterbishopssarcasticsmile Mon 15-Jun-20 16:37:13

What does that even mean @Orangeblossom78

ashmts Mon 15-Jun-20 16:39:49

@Orangeblossom78 Incredibly rude and uncalled for. And inaccurate anyway, plenty HCPs are very glam.

@YellowEllis Of course it can be this bad. Why else would more or less the entire world have come to a standstill? Nothing she's said is new information. It's the randomness that scares me. 90 year olds in care homes test positive through screening and are fine. 35 year olds die of clots. It doesn't make sense.

Orangeblossom78 Mon 15-Jun-20 16:40:13

I doubt from the unprofessional language too that she is a nurse to be honest

But go ahead believe it if you like

YellowEllis Mon 15-Jun-20 16:40:55

Had bad health anxiety when this all began, not even going to the shop or for a walk I was so scared. I'd just started to feel more settled, now I'm too scared to leave the house again. If young healthy people are left needing double kidney transplants then we can't go back to work? How can we ever move forward if it's this bad? There's no guarantee of a vaccine.

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