The story of Cooner Reed, one of the first British citizens to contract Covid-19 gives a reasonable insight into how the Covid-19 virus develops.
Cooner Reed is an english teacher who lived in Wuhan, China, where Covid-19 was first discovered. At the early stage of his illness, during the last days of November 2019, he noticed his first symptom which was the common cold, but thought it was just that and did not take it seriously. He also experienced coughs, sniffles and pain behind his eyes.
Cooner was not aware he had been infected, but his symptoms only got worse from then, and this became a severe problem for him. So he visited a healthcare centre and was tested positive. He didn’t panic and then immediately commenced treatment.
With time, Cooner was able to recover from the virus by eating healthy and exercising. This helped in building his immune system. And today Cooner is free from COVID-19.
Here is a stage-by-stage breakdown of the development of his Covid-19 symptoms:
- The first stage is the incubation stage, which takes around 1-14 days. During this stage, most people do not show any symptoms and feel perfectly fine, but might still be able to transmit the virus to other people.
- The second stage is where symptoms finally begin to show and it is very similar to the common cold. Like the word, it’s common, so most people don’t read much meaning into it, and carry on business as usual. But that should not be the mindset or way of approach. It’s the riskiest stage because the virus can spread easily, through droplets from sneezing and coughing. According to Cooner he experienced cough, eye pain, ear pain and sniffles, during this stage. “The problem with COVID 19 is, you get better before you get worse at every stage” Cooner explained. So the signs of one stage start to disappear before the next one occurs.
- “The third stage feels like a really bad flu,” he continued. The ear pain increases, the cough becomes recurrent, which makes your voice fade, there would also be physical and mental weakness.
- The fourth stage which is the most painful, comes with Pneumonia. Cooner said he started to experience difficulty in breathing almost like he was breathing from one lung. He also had chest aches and a high fever.
It is however very important to know that not everyone would show the same symptoms around the same period.