Coronavirus: “I was out of breath”

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Media captionJozef Wallis says the coronavirus caused such a severe cough that she left him “breathless”

Jozef Wallis is a healthy 40-year-old man, but ended up in an intensive care unit after contracting a coronavirus.

After a busy but otherwise “normal” Wednesday on March 11, he went for a drink in the evening.

Shortly thereafter, he began to feel dizzy and his joints ached.

By the time he returned to Canada Water, southeast of London, he “was shaking uncontrollably,” he said.

“I didn’t want to move”

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Wallis shared an intensive care unit with five other patients


I curled up on the couch, feeling pretty bad. It quickly degenerated into a fever. I felt either freezing or incredibly hot.

I had cold sweats and tingling sensations on my body.

Then there was a dry, painful cough that left me breathless.

I really didn’t want to move at all.

“Where did I catch him?

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Wallis said he felt fortunate to be diagnosed early.


I stayed at home and isolated myself.

I am fairly fit and in good health. I had no underlying health issues.

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But several days later, I felt weak and exhausted, so my family called an ambulance.

I was admitted to the intensive care unit of St Thomas Hospital where they tested.

About 30 hours later, I was told that I had tested positive for COVID-19.

Where could I have caught it? I’m still on the metro and I often meet a lot of people.

They wore dangerous goods suits to take me home

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Mr. Wallis was transported home by ambulance


I was transferred to a common room with five other coronavirus patients and my condition was stabilized by the doctors.

I’ve seen a range of ages and fitness.

Two patients were transferred to intensive care under assisted respiration.

I was lucky to be fired after five nights and people in swimsuits transported me home

We must be extremely proud of the whole of the NHS.

From the ambulance team to porters, nurses and doctors. The system is under enormous pressure, but it still smiles and makes you feel comfortable.

Am I immune?

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Wallis urged others to stay home and ease the burden of the NHS


Three weeks later, I feel much better but I still get tired quickly.

The information is confusing, I don’t know how long I have to isolate.

Can I be contagious or am I immune? It’s unclear.

This virus can attack anyone. I was lucky to catch it early.

The hospital was in control, but due to the manpower required for each of the lone patients, we all have to reduce the burden of the NHS by staying at home.

I am very grateful to the people there for us when we need it. “

As said to Jamie Moreland

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