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COVID-19: 'The Worst Illness I've Ever Had', Medical Expert Says

Thursday 13 August 2020


From Radio New Zealand:


Professor Paul Garner
Professor Paul Garner of the
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
(Photo: Supplied)

Covid-19: 'the worst illness I've ever had', medical expert says

25 July 2020
© Copyright Radio New Zealand 2020.

As a professor of infectious diseases at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Paul Garner is well qualified to talk about disease.

He's also been fighting Covid-19.

"It's the worst illness I've ever had," he told an ABC reporter. "I've had dengue. I've had malaria. I've never been as ill as this and it's been really frightening because it's so unpredictable."

He was on day 59 since being diagnosed, when this interview was recorded.

"The disease comes at you when you least expect it," he said.

"You feel quite well and then suddenly in the afternoon it slaps you round the head like a cricket bat.

"The length of the illness completely floored me. You just pray every day that it will go away."

Professor Garner is still dealing with exhaustion.

"It gives you some of the symptoms that are very similar to chronic fatigue [syndrome], but I am hesitant about calling it that," he said.

"If we call it Covid fatigue we know where we are.

"I have sympathy for people with chronic fatigue syndrome now, and I believe this disease fast-tracks you into experiencing these symptoms."


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