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Superfit businesswoman, 32, tells of excruciating pain of coronavirus sickness


A 32-year-old woman who contracted coronavirus at a ski resort in Switzerland has described the excruciating pain she experienced.

Superfit Rosie Parkes, who lives in White City, West London, had holidayed in Verbier at the start of the month, and said 12 people who stayed in her chalet became ill.

One of them, a Swiss man, tested positive for Covid-19.

Rosie became ill three days after returning to the UK on March 7, waking up with pain in her back and hips.

She told the  Telegraph : “It was unbearable, no position I could sit, lie or stand in helped and it made sleeping really difficult.

Rosie Parkes (left) with jewellery company Whistle + Bango co-founder Ania Kubow

“I had a temperature which went up and down over four days, spiking at 40C on the Thursday and I was bed-bound the whole time.

“I never got the chest pain but had a bit of a cough – just a normal cold-type, phlegmy cough. I went off my food a bit as I improved because I lost my sense of taste.”

Rosie said the sickness then developed into cold-like symptoms as she recovered.

Rosie Parkes is pictured with entrepreneur and Virgin founder, Sir Richard Branson

She added that her husband appeared to be fine, and the couple are now self-isolating.

She is among younger people to contract coronavirus who have shared their experiences, as experts warn that it is not only deadly to higher-risks group such as that elderly, and those with underlying conditions.

The most common symptoms of the coronavirus are:

  • a dry, persistent cough
  • a fever

If you experience these symptoms, you should immediately self-isolate yourself for seven days.

It is not necessary to call NHS 111 unless your symptoms get more severe.

Some patients have reported fatigue, headaches, shortness of breath and aches and pains. Sneezing is not a symptom of the coronavirus.

Fit and healthy London dad-of-two Jozef Wallis, 40, earlier this week told how he got so sick he had to be taken into intensive care as he battled Covid-19.

He witnessed tragedy on the coronavirus ward, as two patients died from the illness in front of him.

By yesterday a total of 578 people had tragically died from coronavirus in the UK.

On day four of the UK lockdown, a spike in deaths of 113 was announced.

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Coronavirus outbreak

The country’s total confirmed Covid-19 cases yesterday stood at 11,658, up from 9,529 on Wednesday.

Among those who who have lost their lives during the pandemic was a British doctor named as the first UK medic to die from suspected coronavirus.

Dr Habib Zaidi, 76, died on Wednesday after ‘textbook symptoms’ – having fallen ill just 24 hours earlier.

The news comes after millions around the UNK clapped from their doors and windows in recognition of our NHS heroes last night in a heartwarming national display of gratitude.


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