A COUNCILLOR who was hospitalised during his own battle with Coronavirus has urged people of all ages to take as much care as possible to avoid contracting or passing on the disease.
Coun Kyle Daisley, who represents Bromsgrove South, works as cabin crew for an airline and had a temperature and severe stomach pain when he was on a repatriation flight from Los Angeles at the end of March.
His captain stood him down halfway through the flight and, because he had come from America and showed symptoms, he was immediately placed in isolation when he got back.
His condition worsened 48 hours later and he was admitted to Russells Hall Hospital.
Coun Daisley, who lives in Hagley and is just 22, has now fully recovered but wants to warn others not to be complacent, follow the lockdown rules, maintain social distancing and wash their hands thoroughly.
“I am young and healthy, but the virus does not discriminate.
“I have witnessed first hand how quickly it can take hold and completely knock you off your feet.
“Even if you do feel fine you need to take precautions, especially if you are around vulnerable people.
“This virus has killed thousands of people and if you have it and pass it on, your actions could lead to someone becoming very ill or dying.”
He praised the hospital staff who looked after him during his stay and is now planning to volunteer for the NHS.
“I have never seen a place as busy as that ward.
“Everyone was working flat out but it was like clockwork.
“I cannot thank everyone enough for the care I received.”