A coronavirus patient urged the others to “calm down” after saying that she had no idea that she had even taken the virus, comparing the symptoms to a “long cold”.
Bridget Wilkins from London returned to her hometown of Australia for a friend’s wedding via Singapore last week and is currently isolated from Brisbane hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.
The 29-year-old acknowledged the “very serious” nature of the epidemic, while saying that much of the “hype and hysteria” surrounding it was undue.
“The message that I would like to spread to the world is that maybe someone already has it, and it is very common symptoms, such as headache, sore throat or just tiredness,” he said.
“[I thought] I had these symptoms because I had traveled for over 30 hours.
“I still have those symptoms, but nothing more.
“It is certainly not as serious as some titles are doing it.
“I didn’t think I had coronavirus. I thought I had jetlag.”
Bridget was forced to lose her friend’s wedding and told 7NEWS that she has no “idea” when, where and how she got the virus.
He hopes to be out of hospital this week and says he believes most people will recover from the disease.
“There’s a lot of hype and hysteria in the coronavirus news,” he added.
“There should be. It is very serious, especially for the elderly and people with existing conditions.
“But I think we have to calm down, because for most people, like me, it’s just a long cold that we can shake off.
“There are many other serious conditions that I think headlines and attention deserve.”
Since the number of confirmed cases in the UK reaches 321, the NHS advice remains for people to wash their hands regularly with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer gel if necessary.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has warned the British against all travel, except essential ones, to Italy, after the death toll has risen to 366 and national restrictions have been imposed.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock yesterday moved to reassure that food supplies in the UK will continue “even in our reasonable worst case scenario”
Speaking in the municipalities, he said: “We have been talking to supermarkets for some time about this scenario.”