A coronavirus patient who did not take Covid-19 seriously gave the British a terrifying warning.
Trevor Jones, 57, from the northwest said “it’s trying to drown you” and branded the deadly bug “evil”.
Mr Jones spoke out in favor of increasing the number of coronavirus cases across the country – including the West Midlands.
Birmingham currently has a rate of more than 150 cases per 100,000, with West Midlands areas like Sandwell and Solihull also having a rate of more than 100.
Wolverhampton, Walsall and parts of Staffordshire have rates of 100 cases per 100,000 in addition to Coventry.
Jones, 57, admits he didn’t take the pandemic seriously until he had difficulty breathing and strongly warned others.
To speak to Manchester evening newshe said, “It’s a nasty thing and it feels like it’s trying to drown you. You fight non-stop and you feel like if you don’t fight you will die.”
Mr Jones of Bolton added, “It’s awful. Anyone who says it’s just a little bit of the flu I hope they don’t get it. I just feel like if you can stay away from it until there’s a vaccine you have to do it. “
Mr Jones was in a hospital bed receiving oxygen from a tank to help him breathe at the Royal Bolton Hospital.
He lost a stone and a half in weight, had problems with his eyesight, and thought he would not survive the ordeal.
Trevor said, “I just didn’t feel right. I knew something was wrong.
“I went home and my wife told me to take a test. I was tested but things went downhill drastically and my boy had to take me to the hospital.
“I felt like I couldn’t breathe and they looked at me and at first they thought I was good enough to go home. I can’t explain how it affects you, I was so excited that I couldn’t could sleep I stayed up all night, sitting on the bed.
“I was fighting for my life at the time. I couldn’t breathe and they had oxygen. I thought I wasn’t going to get through.”
“I did drugs and had injections in the stomach every few hours. I gasped for days.
“It wasn’t until the end of the week that I felt better and knew I wasn’t going to die. But that was about seven or ten days after I first got it.
“It’s by far the worst time of my life. I’m still out of breath and just brushing my teeth.”
He added, “Maybe young people can get it and have a headache for a few days and move on. But for someone my age with an underlying problem like asthma, it’s a killer. It could kill you.”
“I absolutely didn’t know how serious it was. I thought I actually had it in March because I was sick when I got back from Spain.
“The doctor asked me if I had been to China, but only in Spain. I was very sick, but it wasn’t even in the same league as this one.
“I treated it like I wasn’t catching it and I thought even if I did it would be just a little cough.
“The annoying thing is when you post these posts on Facebook to explain them to people and those people say you are lying.
“I’m not lying. I couldn’t get up the first time I went to the bathroom in the hospital, so I was allowed to walk around to exercise my legs and I walked around the ward so I know exactly how many people are there.”