A 25-year-old coronavirus patient warned young people not to underestimate the virus after admitting that he had “completely the wrong attitude”.
Paisley’s Calum Wishart suffered from severe bouts of coughing, respiratory problems and struggled to move around in his hospital bed.
He has now recovered from “the most horrific experience” that saw him spend a week at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and urged others to stay home to avoid infection.
Calum Wishart, 25, urged youth not to underestimate coronavirus after enduring a scorching week
He told BBC Breakfast, “I had a completely wrong attitude.
“I wouldn’t say that I kissed strangers or anything like that, I think I just underestimated the real impact of that.
“I had the prospect that because I was young, it wouldn’t affect me, that it would be like some kind of flu.”
Her sister, Rachel, said, “The kids think they’re invincible, they think it’ll just be a cold or a 24-hour bug.”
He has now recovered from his horrible week-long ordeal at the Royal Edinburgh Infirmary and has urged others to stay home
“People have to listen, they have to take this seriously.”
Calum’s situation deteriorated to the point that he needed oxygen and lost his freedom of movement.
Now recovered, he hopes his experience will encourage others to listen to official advice.
His warning comes after many youths challenged government orders to stay indoors and were photographed sunbathing and playing football in the park this holiday weekend.
Speaking after her recovery, Calum said staying at home is “infinitely better” than contracting the killer virus.
Calum said being trapped at home is “infinitely better” than contracting the virus, which caused him to vomit and get diarrhea.
The customer service advisor said, “I feel like a lot of people take too many unnecessary risks and get out when it’s not absolutely essential.
“I want to try to help as many people as possible and, most importantly, help the hospital staff, because it will be very difficult to have the resources to cope if lots of people do it.