'I survived coronavirus - here's what every parent should know about Covid-19'
By Mirror | March 21st 2020
Laura Jacobs, 31, contracted the virus after her parents
returned from Italy in mid-February - going through all the typical symptoms
like a high fever, aches, a painfully tight chest and fatigue.
While she wants people to take the virus seriously and
follow government guidance she also wants to alleviate any worries people may
Hospital worker, Laura, from Wales, posted on Facebook : “I feel like it’s
important to share my story, especially with all of the current panic and
unrest going on.
“My symptoms came from nowhere. I felt absolutely fine at
work and then bang, all of the symptoms arrived at once.
"I had a high fever, shivers, intense aching pains in
my back and neck, sore throat,
painfully tight chest and fatigue.”
Along with Matthew, five-year-old daughter Ava and
10-month-old Miles, Laura was tested on Monday, March 9 - a day after her
mother - by a nurse.
Laura's mother Melissa Powell, and husband Matthew also came
down with the coronavirus after
testing positive at home.
She told Wales Online : “I wanted people to see that you shouldn’t take it lightly but also that there's so much negative stuff being reported in the media, I think people just want reassurance.
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“My mum had been to Italy and went to an area that wasn’t
infected at the time, there were no reported cases, they came back on Sunday,
February 22, within three days my mum started showing symptoms and then I
caught it off her.”
Laura, from Neath, explained that her mother had worse
symptoms as she has a history of pneumonia.
She said: “At first I thought I had the flu, I knew it
wasn’t a cold. It was much worse, I hadn’t had my flu jab like every other
“As time went on we saw in the news there were reported
cases in the part of Italy they went to and it couldn’t be a coincidence.
"So, Mum requested a test and was tested positive, that
was Sunday March 8 and on March 9 - I was tested. At the time they were doing
community testing, as only a handful people in Wales were confirmed to have it.
"A community nurse came to the house in protective
clothing, a mask and visor. She tested me, my husband and children at the same
“It was awful. We did pre-warn my daughter she was okay with
she wasn’t thrilled with the throat swab, but they were ok.
“The kids came back as negative and we were surprised
because we are round them all the time, giving them hugs and kisses. But that
goes to show, people are worried about their kids, I’ve had loads of messages
from people, but it seems they are a lot more resilient to it.”
Laura said: “I did feel really unwell, I’m healthy, I've
never been really really unwell to compare it.
"The worst was the fever for days, high temp shivers,
horrible aching up my back and around my neck, you feel like you can’t move,
"After the fever lifted, I started to feel a bit better
in myself, it travelled down to my throat so I have a really sore throat and
then I had a drier cough which I still have now. The fever is definitely the
However, husband Matthew was hit worse, as the 35-year-old
has asthma and he developed viral pneumonia and was admitted to Morriston
“He is on the mend the past two days, he’s eating more,” she
said, adding how the couple coped with having the family home in quarantine
with two small children.
“The consultant advised us to isolate ourselves from the
kids as much as possible, which is difficult as they are so young. But we just
constantly wash hands before feeding and dressing them…everything for Miles is
sterilized anyway as he’s under one,” Laura said.
“It was hard, it was a little bit scary for my
five-year-old. She was told all of a sudden she couldn’t go to school, go out
of the house, go up the park and daddy is not well and there’s a nurse coming.”
Laura said she has had lots of messages about children and
hoped her post would show people the virus, for most people wouldn’t have
people unwell forever.
“I think people are just really frightened,” said Laura, who
hopes that she’ll be able to practically help those coming down with the virus,
when she is fully recovered.
“ I think it’s because it’s something new and unknown and
you have no answers about how long you'll be ill for, does it get worse, what
are the complications and that’s a common thread in the messages I have had.
People want answers, about whether they had a cough and how
long for, and there’s a lot of negativity with the numbers of deaths, cases
doubling, the ITU beds being full, you need to hear about people getting
better, and the more people hear about those stories the better.”
Laura is hoping that when she’s able to return to work
she’ll be of help, but at the moment she’s limited to open spaces because of
She said: “My consultant is quite confident that once you
have had it once you won’t have it again.
“I’m hoping I can help people now and we’re in quite a good
position to help people out by dropping stuff off. And I work at Morriston
"I don’t have face-to-face contact with patients more
of an admin role, but work as I know it, is going to be suspended as of now.
“It might be nice for me to do more face-to-face contact as
I can't catch it off anyone.
“But it’s all wait and see for now.”
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