Super fit and healthy mom, 39, who has contracted coronavirus, gives a serious warning to Australians
A fit and healthy mother of two children in the UK who contracted the coronavirus and felt she had been ‘breathing’ for weeks has issued a stern warning to ‘blasé’ Australians.
Tara Jane Langston, of London, felt that her active, smoke-free lifestyle made her immune to the COVID-19 pandemic that is currently flooding the world, until she contracted the virus in early March at the age of 39.
Describing her experience with harrowing hospital videos that have been watched around the world, Tara Jane has a special message for Aussies who ignore the ‘stay in’ rules.
Australians need to know the same as the British. The same thing every country needs to know, “she told journalist Tom Steinfort 60 minutes.
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Based in London, Tara Jane Langston felt that her active, smoke-free lifestyle made her immune to the COVID-19 pandemic that is currently flooding the world, until she contracted the serious virus in early March
“I’d say, to people who think they’re blasé like my mentality was at the beginning, take it more seriously. Because if you get it and you get it bad, it will be one of the most traumatic experiences of your life … if you survive. ‘
The hardworking gym-goer described what the virus does to your body and said ‘you think you’re going to die’ during the two-week ordeal.
“I wouldn’t want it with my worst enemy, let alone with an older person or a child. It is as if you have glass in your lungs. Every breath is like you have glass … you don’t have breath, “she said.
Not knowing if she would see her children Meadow, three and Annabelle, 17 again – or if she would need oxygen for the rest of her life, Tara Jane has now woken up to the harsh reality of what our healthcare systems are fighting.
The hardworking gym goer described what the virus does to your body and said ‘you think you’re going to die’ during the two-week ordeal
She was able to return home on Mother’s Day in the UK on March 22 and recover with a mild cough
She was able to return home on Mother’s Day in the UK on March 22 and recover with a mild cough. She is still struggling to climb the stairs at her West London home.
“I’m just so happy to be home to see my girls and husband. And to know I beat the coronavirus, “she told MailOnline on March 24.
“I’m still on the road to recovery, but I feel so much better than when I made the video. It has been a traumatic time, but I have passed the worst. ‘
Her family was in isolation after Tara Jane tested positive for the virus, believing she contracted it after visiting the tourist areas in Krakow, Poland on February 26.
A video she shot shortly after her capture has been viewed and viewed hundreds of thousands of times by people in the U.S., India and Europe.
A video she shot shortly after her capture has been viewed and viewed hundreds of thousands of times by people in the U.S., India and Europe
It created a wake-up call for many who thought that only the elderly and those with underlying health problems were at risk for COVID-19.
She said in the footage, “I wouldn’t wish to have seen my worst enemy, but if there’s a good thing, I hope it opened people’s eyes to the dangers of this virus.”
In a separate video, she began to cry between deep, exhausting breaths and said, “I pray to God that I can get through this … I have so much more I want to do in life.”
“There were two other patients with me at the ICU who were both intubated. One was a fairly tall man who I said was in his late 50’s or early 60’s and the other was a lady about the same age. So these weren’t the elderly, ”she told MailOnline.
Tara Jane said she took over the government’s health warnings “with a pinch of salt” before falling ill
Jane was picked up from the hospital by her husband Richard on March 22 and had an emotional reunion with her daughters at their West London home
“That was my reasoning for making those videos … to warn that younger people are also susceptible. It’s quite surreal to be in ICU, the nurses are covered from head to toe, but they literally work non-stop and are brilliant.
“They actually don’t have face masks anymore. Recently a nurse entered my room with some kind of plastic wrap covering her face, it seemed like the kind of clear plastic wrap flowers came in.
“I’m just concerned that if this virus gets worse, it will flood them.”
Tara Jane said she took over the government’s health warnings “with a pinch of salt” before falling ill.
“I was very healthy and didn’t think I would be at risk. And then it hit me. Knowing that some people will pay attention to it and take better care of it, the video is worth it, “she said.
“I’m so happy to be home, and it means there’s a bed available for someone else.”
Tara Jane’s husband Richard said the video could become a lifesaver.
“I got a call from family members in America who had no idea about Tara Jane, and then they saw the video and said they planned to meet, but they would cancel now. I think it was a wake-up call that they could catch the virus.
“No one is immune.”
Coronavirus symptoms and how it spreads:
Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily and others can get very sick very quickly. People with coronavirus may experience:
- flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
- shortness of breath
How it spreads
There is some evidence that the virus is spreading from person to person. The virus is likely to spread through:
- close contact with an infectious person
- contact with drops from an infected person’s cough or sneeze
- touching objects or surfaces (such as doorknobs or tables) that have an infected person’s cough or sneeze droplets, and then touch your mouth or face
How you can prevent this
Everyone must practice good hygiene to protect themselves against infections. Good hygiene means:
- wash hands often with soap and water
- use a tissue and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
- avoid close contact with others, such as touching
The death toll rose to 17 on Monday morning after an elderly woman in Tasmania died
It comes when Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison invokes the two-person rule on Sunday and asks him to travel with just one other person whenever possible.
He also urged the over-70s to stay at home and ordered the closure of outdoor playgrounds, skate parks, and gyms in a move that brings the nation closer to closing.
The two person limit does not apply to workplaces, offices, schools and households.
It applies to all indoor environments, including private properties and homes.
People who live alone can invite only one friend, while households of two or more cannot receive visitors.