‘I thought I was immune to coronavirus because I’m only 25… how wrong I was’ – The Sun

A CORONAVIRUS patient aged just 25 has admitted having  "completely the wrong attitude" as he warns young people not to underestimate the virus. 

Calum Wishart, who was left struggling to move in his hospital bed because of violent coughing fits and breathing trouble, has spoken out to warn youngsters they are not invisible.

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Despite the Government pleading with the public to stay at home to beat coronavirus, groups of young people have been pictured this bank holiday weekend in parks playing football and sunbathing.

But after recovering from his weeklong ordeal in Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary, Calum is urging people to stay in.

He told  BBC Breakfast today: "I had the completely wrong attitude.

"I would not say I was hugging strangers or anything like that, I think I just underestimated the real impact of it.

"I had the perspective that because I was young it would not affect me, that it would be like a kind of flu."

His sister, Rachel added: "Young people think they’re invincible, they think that it’ll just be a cold or a 24-hour bug.

"People need to listen, they need to take this seriously."

I had the perspective that because I was young it would not affect me, that it would be like a kind of flu

Speaking earlier this months from his hospital bed, Calum says being stuck in the house is "infinitely better" than going through the bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea caused by coronavirus – which has now claimed nearly 1,000 lives in the UK.

And he has also urged the government to impose stricter measures to try and stop the spread of the virus.

After coming down with a small fever, Calum's condition rapidly deteriorated to the point where he was constantly uncomfortable and unable to eat.

Over a week on from his first symptoms, he was rushed to the hospital when his breathing worsened and he was confirmed as having coronavirus.


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The customer service adviser said: "In a strange way, it was a relief to get the diagnosis because the thought of going through what I was then potentially getting coronavirus later was terrifying.

"But also because I had in mind that I wanted to do a post with a proper account of what it's like to have the virus and how awful it is.

"I feel like I was seeing a lot of people take too many unnecessary risks and going out when it's not absolutely essential.

"I want to try and help as many people as I can and crucially help the hospital staff, as they are going to struggle badly to have the resources to cope if loads of people get this."
Calum, from Paisley, admits he was guilty of believing that younger, healthier people would not be too badly affected by coronavirus — but his week from hell has completely changed his view.

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