The symptoms of coronavirus are:
(a cough) a high temperature (shortness of breath)
But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.
The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
The first British coronavirus victim
has revealed how the virus affected him, saying he felt like he was “suffocating”.
Connor Reed said his illness started with “just a sniffle” while working in Wuhan, China.
He wrote in the Daily Mail: “This is no longer just a cold. I ache all over, my head is thumping, my eyes are burning, my throat is constricted.
“The cold has traveled down to my chest and I have a hacking cough.
Connor Reed had Coronavirus in January
“This is flu, and it’s going to take more than a mug of hot honey, with or without the magic whiskey ingredient, to make me feel better. “
He said he could not get out of bed without pain and his coughing was hurting.
He said: “I’m sweating, burning up, dizzy and shivering. The television is on but I can’t make sense of it. This is a nightmare . “
Later he said he was” suffocating “and had” never been this ill in my life “.
But Bridget Wilkins, from London said the virus is similar to “jet lag” after she did not realise she had the condition.
She told the Mirror: “The message I’d like to put out to the world is that maybe someone has it already, and it’s very common symptoms, like a headache, or a sore throat or just being tired.
“[I thought] I had those symptoms because I’d just traveled 456 -plus hours.
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“I’ve still got those symptoms, but nothing more than that.
“It’s certainly not as severe as some headlines are making it.
” I didn’t think I had (coronavirus.) I thought I had jetlag. “
The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.
Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.