In tenerifa, Chris Grailey a 29 years old Covid -19 patient in intensive care unit is urging the general public to take the disease more seriously.
Chris Grailey admitted that he was “first to say (coronavirus) was all bulls***” and that he refused to wear a face mask in the Spanish party resort thinking he was “invincible”.
The sales manager, who had no underlying health conditions, is now on a hospital bed breathing with an oxygen mask, unsure if he will “come out the other side”.
Now he wants other young people to learn from his mistakes and take the virus seriously – before it is too late, the Manchester Evening News reports.
In the video message shared with the paper, a breathless Chris says: “I caught it in Tenerife thinking I was invincible, not wearing a mask.
“I paid the price. I have got no underlying health issues. I don’t want anyone making the same mistakes as me. Now I’m in intensive care, waiting to get more treatment, and not knowing if I’m coming out the other side. So I really want you to take this message on board because it could happen to anyone, please please take care”, he says.
On Friday, Chris spoke to the paper from his hospital bed in Watford, where he is based for a work project.
He said he fell ill on holiday in the Canary Islands last week.
“I was ill for most of the holiday – lost my taste, smell, had cold sweats”, he said.
“But it got a lot worse on my return home.”
He was diagnosed with coronavirus and acute pneumonia four days ago.
“I was rushed in Sunday morning for tests and scans and sent home on the Sunday night thinking I was ok.
“I was then rushed in again Tuesday morning straight onto a Covid ward.”
In an emotional Facebook post, he said: “The way I have felt in the last week has been as close to hell I have ever been – I honestly sat there and was ready to just give up.
“I can’t breathe, walk, move. I’m like a zombie. I am on four different antibiotics, steroids, oxygen 24/7, more holes in my arm than a junkie.
“The reason I’m showing you all this is because I was the first to say it was all bullshit and ‘Nah f*** it, we’re young we won’t get it, it’s only bad flu, government conspiracy Bla bla bla’ wrong!
“This is REAL it’s real-life killing me.
“So before you think about going to house parties thinking your invincible getting off your heads sharing 10 pound notes, look at that picture and imagine it could be you.
“It can get anyone, I’m 29 with no underlying health conditions. This is serious s***. Please, please wake up guys. There’s more to life than this.
“I really want the young ones going out and not taking any notice to look at my pictures and think it could be them.”
He went on: “I have no underlying health issues and 29 and it’s happened to me.
“Life is too short to risk your health I have learnt the hard way I don’t want people making the same mistakes I have”, he said.
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