Brit Claims He Caught Coronavirus And 'Beat Flu With Hot Whisky And Honey'
A Brit living in China claims that he 'beat' the deadly coronavirus with 'hot whisky and honey'.
Connor Reed, who lives in the Chinese city of Wuhan, was diagnosed with the disease, that has already killed at least 362 people since its outbreak. He says the diagnosis came two months ago.
According to The Sun, after going to hospital with problems breathing and coughing, Connor was kept in for two weeks.
The 25-year-old, who has lived in China for three years, told the publication: "I was stunned when the doctors told me I was suffering from the virus. I thought I was going to die but I managed to beat it.
"I used the inhaler which helped control the cough and drank a hot whisky with honey until that ran out. It's an old fashioned remedy but it seemed to do the trick.
"I did refuse to take the antibiotics the doctors prescribed me because I didn't want to take any medicines."
Connor was finally discharged from the Zhongnan University Hospital and explained that he was only informed that he had contracted the disease when he rang back a couple of weeks later.
He continued: "Wuhan is becoming a real ghost town - there is hardly anybody in the streets and the shops are running low of fresh fruit and vegetables.
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"And there is no medicine or masks left in the pharmacies. If you go out without a mask the police will arrest you. The authorities are really worried about how to contain this and stop it spreading."
A new facility has been built in Wuhan to treat victims of the new strain and its construction was completed in just six days.
Thousands of labourers worked around the clock to complete the new building, which will be used in a bid to stop the spread of the deadly virus. It will open to patients today.
The site, which was first supposed to be a holiday park, has been thrown up with pre-fabricated pieces for speed and efficiency.
UPDATE on #coronavirus testing in the UK:
As of 2pm on Sunday 2 February 2020, a total of 266 tests have concluded:
264 were confirmed negative.
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In the UK, the World Health Organisation has confirmed that there have been two cases of coronavirus.
Professor Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England, said: "We can confirm that two patients in England, who are members of the same family, have tested positive for coronavirus.
"The patients are receiving specialist NHS care, and we are using tried and tested infection control procedures to prevent further spread of the virus.
"The NHS is extremely well-prepared and used to managing infections and we are already working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients had, to prevent further spread.
"We have been preparing for UK cases of novel coronavirus and we have robust infection control measures in place to respond immediately.
"We are continuing to work closely with the World Health Organisation and the international community as the outbreak in China develops to ensure we are ready for all eventualities."
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