A “young and healthy” nurse has revealed the first bizarre symptom of coronavirus she felt before being tested.
While the officially recognised signs of Covid-19 are a high temperature, loss of smell or taste and a new persistent cough, many patients have experienced the virus in different ways.
Emily Morris, 32, works in the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia.
A week and a half ago she noticed some unusual aching in her lower legs. While she often has leg pain due to working on her feet all day, this time felt different.
“I was taken off the floor, tested and then self-isolated until I got my result, which was around 24 hours later, which said that I was Covid positive,” she told ABC.
“I was absolutely devastated. I think that, as a health care worker, there is a little bit of shame and stigma around being diagnosed as Covid positive.”
Ms Morris is now isolating in a government-provided apartment.
“I feel terrible. I haven’t felt like eating and have difficulty keeping down fluids,” she said.
“I have definitely been knocked around in a way that I didn’t necessarily think that I would, especially being such a young and healthy person.”
After promising results earlier in the pandemic, coronavirus cases have risen dramatically across Victoria, with more than 8,600 confirmed cases and 77 deaths.
More than 700 of the state’s healthcare workers have now tested positive for Covid-19.
A midwife in Royal Women’s Hospital has also spoken about his scary experience with coronavirus. Sam Martin, 26, collapsed suddenly and was rushed to his workplace’s Covid-19 ward.
“This weakness washes over your body and you just know, ‘I’m not getting enough oxygen right now,'” he told ABC.
“I got up and basically just collapsed to the floor. It’s so scary to know that your lungs aren’t working the way that they should. You can feel your heart trying to compensate, trying to pump blood even harder and faster, but that it’s just not working.”
He’s pleading with his fellow Australians to “do the right thing” and abide by social distancing and mask-wearing measure.
“Think about the person you love most in this world not being able to breathe properly,” he said.
“Struggling to catch their breath, lying on the floor because they [couldn’t] stand up – their body is like, ‘nope, we can’t do this’.”