20-year old Manchester Metropolitan University student Lara Scott, who was otherwise fit and healthy, has spoken about being struck by coronavirus twice. Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Lara told of how she feared she would die, after being hospitalised due to Covid-19. Over the course of two arduous spells in hospital, the victim of the deadly virus, spent six days under intensive care. As she fought off the virus and the effect of the medications designed to contain its spread, Lara’s family who lived in Alsager, Cheshire, were told she may not pull through harrowing ordeal.
At the time of her first stint in hospital, in October, Lara was only nineteen. Speaking to the Stoke Sentinel, she warned others against the dangers of spreading the virus. “It was so scary. You see all the young people out partying but they don’t realise how dangerous it can be. When you’re young you think you’re invincible. You might be asymptomatic or it could kill you, you just don’t know so why take the risk? You have to be so careful as it spreads so easily. It was the scariest time of my life. I genuinely thought I was going to die,” she said.
Despite receiving a negative test result, Lara took precautions after her roommate was told she had tested positive for the virus. “I thought I better self-isolate anyway and help look after my roommate but during the second week she was feeling a lot better and got her sense of taste and smell back but I got really ill. It started with a really bad migraine and then I became breathless. Every time I moved I could barely breathe. The slightest movement would knock me out. I didn’t think it was Covid because my symptoms were so different to my roommate. I didn’t really want to make a big deal out of it.”