A gym-loving mum has described coronavirus as "the devil inside me" in a chilling warning over the pandemic.
Jamie Baggett was hooked up to an oxygen tank in hospital after her symptoms rapidly escalated.
She thought she had a chest infection after developing cold-like symptoms, but later developed pneumonia.
Ms Baggett told The Sun: “I didn’t travel abroad or even come into contact with anyone I knew to have the virus.
“I’m generally fit, I go to the gym quite a lot, I eat healthily and I enjoy my spin classes. But the symptoms escalated quickly.
“At the start of the month I started getting symptoms and I went to the doctor with what I thought was a chest infection.
“I had cold-like symptoms, a fever and I began to feel nauseous. The doctor prescribed me antibiotics and a few days later I had felt better.
“But I still wheezed with a continuous cough. I developed pneumonia and I was diagnosed with Covid-19.”
She is now at home and self-isolating, but fears she may have passed it on to her son, 8.
Describing the pain, she added: “It was horrific pain. I was sick three times when I was coughing. I had a constant pain and aches all over.
“My chest was the worst. It was like a stabbing pain every time I took a breath. It felt like it was piercing my inside and lasted a while.”
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told Brits to avoid visiting their mums on Mother's Day after the UK death toll reached 233 with over 5,000 cases.
In a dramatic letter to the nation, he wrote: "The numbers are very stark, and they are accelerating.
"The Italians have a superb health care system. And yet their doctors and nurses have been completely overwhelmed by the demand.
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"The Italian death toll is already in the thousands and climbing. Unless we act together, unless we make the heroic and collective national effort to slow the spread – then it is all too likely that our own NHS will be similarly overwhelmed.
"This time, the best thing is to ring her, video call her, Skype her, but to avoid any unnecessary physical contact or proximity.
"And why? Because if your mother is elderly or vulnerable, then I am afraid all the statistics show that she is much more likely to die from coronavirus, or Covid-19. We cannot disguise or sugar-coat the threat."
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