A healthy Aussie model, 30, and her coronavirus nightmare after contracting disease skiing in France
Wet with sweat, abs contracting and struggling to breathe: Healthy Aussie model, 30, reveals her coronavirus nightmare after contracting an illness while skiing in France
- A 30-year-old Australian model captured COVID-19 while skiing at the French resort
- Intan Clement said she was fit and healthy and thought she was just coughing
- She has been treated in isolation in a hospital in Paris for the past week
- Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
A fit and healthy Australian model opened up from her hospital bed about her battle with the corona virus after becoming infected while skiing in France.
Intan Clement, 30, first noticed her symptoms about two weeks ago after developing a dry cough and shortness of breath, with doctors initially telling her she just had the flu.
The French and Australian citizen said her symptoms, such as coughing, were so severe that she had trouble breathing, extreme fatigue, and heard a strange noise in her lungs when she inhaled and exhaled.
Intan Clement (photo), 30, has been treated in a French hospital for the past week after her cough turned out to be coronavirus
On March 15, Clement and a group of her friends traveled from Paris to the Vallorie ski resort – a day before the French authorities announced a national shutdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
She said her partner had been sick with a fever and headache a few days earlier.
“I thought it was a simple cold – he hasn’t had any other symptoms since. I’m getting sicker, “she said Yahoo News Australia.
Ms Clement explained that she felt tired on the slopes, but assumed this was because she hadn’t skied for years, but she decided to travel home early.
She said that when she got home, her cough got worse, and on March 18, her lungs started making a strange noise when she breathed.
She called the French emergency number and paramedics told her to stay at home and have a video conference with a doctor, who in turn told her that she probably had the flu and was taking acetaminophen.
On March 20, she booked a personal appointment with a GP.
“I was running out of energy and any movement like positioning my body – more or less sitting – going to the bathroom would exhaust me and make me cough and I wouldn’t be able to breathe properly,” she said.
Mrs. Clement (pictured), a dual French and Australian citizen, lived in Australia between 2016 and 2019
In the waiting room, Mrs. Clement said she couldn’t stop sweating, her abs contracted, and she was in pain and exhausted from the short walk there.
The doctor immediately transferred her to the emergency department and, she says, called to see her after she was surprised she had not been treated more seriously before.
After a day of testing, the hospital assigned her a bed and placed her on respiratory oxygen support, intravenous acetaminophen, and antibiotics.
For the past week, she has been isolated in her hospital room and was not even able to visit her partner from friends.
“Everyone said before that it was nothing, I got better, that it can’t be COVID-19. I assume because no one wanted to think about it and also put my mind at ease that young people don’t normally die or don’t go to the hospital much. ‘
She said she now feels less scared and believes she will get visitors from Friday.
She bluntly warned her fellow Australians, but said the virus was not taken seriously enough after seeing reports of her friends still going to the beach.
Ms Clement urged people to be aware and follow guidelines not only for themselves, but for everyone.
Ms. Clement had a clear warning for Australians to take the coronavirus more seriously after seeing photos of people crowding Bondi beach (photo)