A vogue blogger and social media influencer from Leeds has issued a warning to younger individuals to take coronavirus extra severely following her “terrifying” ordeal that left her gasping for breath in hospital.
Kat, from Leeds, is a development forecasting lecturer and well-known for sharing her vogue finds and outfit inspiration on her Instagram platform @wearsitkat, which has 21.6K followers.
The 32-year-old was match and wholesome when she examined constructive for coronavirus after creating flu-like signs earlier than Christmas.
The fashionista was erring on the facet of warning when she obtained a take a look at earlier than going to go to household for Christmas, despite the fact that she did not really feel significantly unwell.
Kat was “shocked” when the consequence got here again constructive as she felt comparatively effectively – however issues later took a flip for the more severe when she went for a stroll following her isolation interval.
Overcome with extreme chest pains, her breathlessness landed her in intensive care on oxygen.
Nonetheless recovering from the long-term results of her ordeal, she shared her expertise on social media the place lots of people responded that she has made them realise how badly Covid-19 can have an effect on younger individuals.
Kat mentioned: “I examined constructive three days earlier than Christmas, I began with a sniffle on nineteenth December however thought I used to be simply run down as I’d heard a runny nostril wasn’t an indication of coronavirus.
“I began to really feel achey on the Monday so I went for a take a look at purely to rule it out as I used to be going to household for Christmas Day and didn’t wish to flip up filled with chilly and doubtlessly put them in danger, didn’t assume for one second it might come again constructive.
“I used to be actually shocked when it did as a result of I’d actually been out twice the earlier week and I’m at all times tremendous cautious so I’ve nonetheless no concept the place or how I caught it, it’s staggering how contagious it’s.
“I used to be isolating and poorly over Christmas, simply felt like correct flu, couldn’t transfer, exhausted, lack of style and odor got here – Christmas was totally depressing alone!
“The day my isolation ended I made a decision to go for a brief stroll around the block to get some air, after I got here again I seen a pointy, stitch-like ache in my chest, I assumed I’d simply overdone it or it was the chilly air and obtained again into mattress.
“Two days later I used to be writhing in ache, the ache simply obtained worse, I couldn’t breathe, I used to be gasping for air, it was like there was no oxygen in any respect, it was terrifying. I rang 111 who phoned me an ambulance right away however on account of demand I needed to wait 1.5 hours, I’m not complaining they’re so over stretched however I used to be genuinely terrified.
“The employees in A&E had been nice, I obtained admitted to the Covid-19 ward that evening. It was a really scary expertise – we’ve all been watching the information since final March going behind the scenes of covid wards however being there first hand was terrifying and having to be there alone made it worse.
“I’m residence now recovering from pneumonia and I’ve extreme harm to my left lung brought on by the virus. For individuals who say it’s similar to the flu – it isn’t, even individuals who have the precise virus asymptomatically are discovering harm to their physique additional down the road brought on by the virus.
Kat added: “The infectious stage isn’t good but it surely’s what comes after day 10 that’s the actual eye opener. I examined detrimental while I used to be in hospital gasping for breathe, its the harm that it leaves behind.
“For everybody who says it’s obtained a 99.7% survival fee – it’s not as black and white as dying or surviving there’s this horrible center floor the place I’ve survived however I’m 32 years previous and might’t stand or do something with out being wheezy and breathless.
“I can’t speak in full sentences and going for a stroll is out of the query for the time being, I’ve no concept how lengthy it can take me to get well, if I ever do get again to the health stage I used to be previous to this. It’s an entire lottery how you may be affected.
Requested what recommendation she would give to younger individuals who assume they don’t seem to be in danger, Kat mentioned: “For those who’d have requested me six months in the past whether or not I assumed I’d get severely sick I’d’ve most likely mentioned no as a result of I’m match and wholesome.
“Nevertheless it’s fully taken me down – there’s no rhyme or purpose to it, like I mentioned it’s not as black and white as surviving or dying, simply since you haven’t died doesn’t imply you’re not severely affected.”