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First British Man To Catch Coronavirus In Wuhan Describes What It Was Like

First British Man To Catch Coronavirus In Wuhan Describes What It Was Like

Connor Reed was the first known Brit to catch coronavirus - and here he tells LADbible exactly how it progressed from something like a common cold to a 'scary' illness as he waited for testing kits to be developed so he could pin down what he was suffering from.

Listen to his story here:

Reed said he first felt sick in November, with symptoms resembling a common cold. It quickly escalated though, and his condition deteriorated into symptoms similar to the flu.


Because he was one of the first cases, Reed said little was done in terms of treatment because doctors just couldn't identify it.

He said: "I didn't know what it was. Doctors didn't know what it was. The problem with the coronavirus is you get better before you get worse.

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"In the stage where it was more like the flu, I felt like I'd been hit be a truck. It was debilitating."

Reed also describes how the way of life was affected in Wuhan and what it was like on the streets as the virus spread throughout the province.


He also had advice for people in the UK. "Don't panic, help each other and don't become selfish in the face of a crisis."

You can watch the full exclusive interview with Connor above.

It's okay to not panic. LADbible and UNILAD's aim with our Coronavirus campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we're facing. For more information from the World Health Organisation on Coronavirus, click here.

Topics: World News, coronavirus, Health

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Simon Binns

Simon is the editor of LADbible. He's also the former CityLife editor at the Manchester Evening News and has worked as a journalist for the BBC, The Guardian and loads of places you've never heard of. Boro fan. Parmo expert.