As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, one British man shared an important message with the world about the virus.
We are in the midst of a medical crisis.
via: GettyThe deadly coronavirus, or COVID-19, as medical experts are referring to it, has taken our planet hostage, and is showing no signs of letting go anytime soon.
What exactly is COVID-19, and just how dangerous is it?
via: GettyAccording to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is a new strain of coronaviruses that had not been previously been identified in humans.
The virus primarily affects the respiratory system.
via: GettyAnd common symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.
But, in more severe cases...
via: GettyAnd in patients who are elderly and have existing health issues, the virus can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
It's a dire situation.
via: GettyAnd many have been asking the same thing - Where did this virus actually come from?
Well, the virus is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China.
via: GettyOn December 31st, 2019, China alerted the World Health Organization of several flu-like cases in Wuhan.
And where did it come from?
via: GettyMany different theories have been proposed, but it is now widely believed to have originated from the sale of meat from wild animals, especially bats, where the virus has been discovered in the past.
And, despite infected people being quarantined...
via: GettyThe virus was alarmingly quick to spread, with cases being reported as far away as Thailand just one week later.
It only took a month for the World Health Organization to declare a global emergency...
via: GettyWhich was done in an attempt to combat the virus and enable countries to put in strict measures to prevent any further spread.
But these attempts were to little avail.
via: GettyBecause, fast forward 3 months, and nearly every major country in the world has been infected by the virus, with some of the worst affected being Japan, South Korea, Russia, Italy, Iran, and Spain.
World leaders have been left with little choice but to bring their countries to a total stand-still...
via: GettyAnd many have banned large and crowded events, and any travel to and from infected countries.
Italy has even gone into total lockdown...
via: GettyLeaving their streets completely deserted.
And it didn't take long for the virus to reach the States.
via: GettyThe first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Washington in late January after a citizen returned from a trip to China.
Several cities have declared states of emergencies...
via: GettyAnd, on Friday, President Trump declared a national emergency to combat the coronavirus pandemic, freeing up $50 billion in federal funding and promising a screening website and drive-by tests.
His move came after the World Health Organization confirmed COVID-19 as a pandemic earlier this month.
via: GettyFYI... A pandemic is a disease that is spreading in multiple countries around the world at the same time.
He also announced a temporary travel ban...
via: GettyWhich prohibits any travel between the United States and any European country, including the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Yep, things are getting pretty serious.And many people have been descending into mass hysteria over the risks the virus brings with it.
And now one man has shared his story.
via: FacebookAndy, a coronavirus patient from Manchester, UK, documented his experience on social media - and he had something important to say.
"Here’s a picture diary of part of my week with Covid 19, the worst week of my life."
via: Facebook"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."
via: Facebook"This takes time to settle. Thank you for all the support from friends and family, it means a lot. 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."
via: Facebook"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." Coronavirus will impact the lives of everybody - but it seems the experience can be quite different if you're a celebrity...