Coronavirus patient gives chilling account of what killer disease feels like

A patient that recovered from coronavirus has told of how she battled the illness and what it feels like when at the most dangerous stage.

Julie, from Singapore, showed flu-like symptoms with a fever of 38.5C on February 3 so she took two Panadols before taking a rest.

"I just felt a bit tired and remember sleeping the whole day," she told BBC 5 Live.

"And then after that, the fever went and the rest of the week I was well. I didn't even have a sniffle or a cough."

But five days later, she was told by the doctor that she had tested positive for coronavirus.

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She was taken to a hospital for quarantine and stayed in the ward by herself, which she described as "four walls with a door".

She added: "I got my food through a secure hatch, my medication, my change of clothing, my towel.

"You may have a phone, you can text someone, you may have a video call."

In one clip that Julie shared, she is seen sitting on her hospital bed while talking with her friends from church as she says: "I am here worshipping with you guys and can't wait to hear what the priest will be sharing."

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But she said the quarantine period was the loneliest time through the recovery journey.

Julie said: "I almost felt like I wanted to go knock on the wall and just talk to the other patient next door. Just to have a conversation with a human being.

"When I was going through the critical stage, one of the things I encountered was breathing.

"It felt like my lungs were going into overdrive, they were really making an effort."

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She said that it was very challenging for her to walk to the toilet as everything seemed to be in a slow motion.

Julie battled the disease for nine days and was finally tested negative for the virus.

"I don't know about the long-term impact, the only thing I know is that I cannot walk for long, simply because I will feel a little bit short of breath and I feel the need to sit down," she explained.

"That's something that has never happened to me before."

She also said people are worried about coronavirus because "they know nothing at this point in time and they know very little".

"I think when you have fear, whether it is individual or on a large scale, it breeds a lot of ignorance and also a lot of prejudice," she added.

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