Man who thought Covid was 'bad flu' sends urgent message from ICU bed

A young man who believed the coronavirus was a “government conspiracy” issued an urgent warning after receiving Covid-19.

Chris Grailey, 29, is currently in intensive care after falling ill while on vacation in Tenerife.

He says he’s not sure he’ll “get to the other side” – and wants others to take the condition very seriously.

Shared in a video message with the Manchester Evening Newshe said, “I caught it in Tenerife because I thought I was invincible and I don’t wear a mask.”

“I paid the price.

“I don’t have any underlying health problems.

“I don’t want anyone to make the same mistakes as me.

“Now I’m in the intensive care unit, waiting for further treatment and don’t know if I’ll get out the other side.

“So I really want you to take this message on board because it can happen to anyone. Please, please pay attention.”

The Ancoats sales manager in Manchester said he was “the first to say (coronavirus) everything was cops ***”.

Now Chris, who has no health problems, is lying on a hospital bed and breathing with an oxygen mask.

And he wants other people to learn from his mistakes and take the virus seriously – before it’s too late.

On Friday, September 25th, Chris spoke to the Manchester Evening News from his hospital bed in Watford, where he was working on a work project.

He said he got sick last week in the Canary Islands.

“I was sick for most of the vacation – lost my taste, smelled, had a cold sweat,” he said.

“But it got worse when I got home.”

He was diagnosed with coronavirus and acute pneumonia four days ago.

He had rushed in for tests and scans and sent home on Sunday night thinking he was okay.

“I was then taken directly to a Covid ward again on Tuesday morning,” he said.

In an emotional Facebook post, he said, “The way I’ve felt over the past week has been closer as hell than ever.

“I sat there honestly and was ready to just give up.

“I can’t breathe, walk, move. I’m like a zombie.

“I have four different types of antibiotics, steroids, and oxygen around the clock – more holes in my arm than a junkie.

“The reason I’m showing you all this is because I was the first to say it was all cops *** and” Well, we’re young, we won’t get it, it’s just bad flu, government conspiracy … blah blah blah: wrong.

“This is REAL – it’s real life that is killing me.

“So before you start thinking about going to house parties and thinking that if you split 10 pound notes, you are invincible, look at this picture and imagine it could be you.

“Anyone can get it.

“I am 29 years old and I have no health problems.

“This is serious. Please, please wake people up. There is more to life than that.

“I really want the boys to go out and take no notice, to look at my pictures and think it might be them.

“I have no underlying health problems and 29 and it happened to me.

“Life is too short to put your health at risk. I learned the hard way. I don’t want people to make the same mistakes that I have.”

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Earlier this month, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the BBC that young people are spreading the disease in parts of Europe.

He said it happened in France and Spain, “where this second wave mostly started in younger people – it then spreads”.

He said, “And now we are seeing a sharp increase in the number of people in hospital and the number of people dying in these countries.

He added, “Younger people spread the disease even when they don’t have symptoms.

“Don’t kill your grandmother by catching coronavirus and then passing it on.

“And you can pass it on before you even have symptoms.”

Mr Grailey’s warning comes as the UK saw the highest number of coronavirus cases since the outbreak began.

The total recorded on Thursday, September 24th was 6,634.

The numbers also showed that forty people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid.

Overall, the total number of confirmed cases is now 416,363.

The total number of deaths is 41,902.


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