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Woman with COVID-19 says her symptoms were no worse than a ‘sore throat and a headache’ – so we should ‘calm down’


An Australian woman with coronavirus has urged the public to stay calm as the crisis deepens, saying her symptoms are no worse than a sore throat and headache. 

Bridget Wilkins was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week after flying from London to her Brisbane, via Singapore, for a wedding. The 29-year-old said she has 'no idea' how she caught the virus…

Ms Wilkins said she may be discharged from hospital this week and commended Queensland Health officials for her treatment while in quarantine. 'The message I'd like to put out to the world is that maybe someone has it already, and it's very common symptoms, like a headache, or a sore throat or just being tired,' she said. '(I thought) I had those symptoms because I'd just travelled 30-plus hours. I've still got those symptoms, but nothing more than that… I thought I had jetlag.'

Ms Wilkins said having the coronavirus is not as severe as some media headlines are making it out to be. 'There's a lot of hype and hysteria on the news around coronavirus,' she said. 'There should be. It's very serious, particularly for the elderly and people with existing conditions. 'But I think we have to calm down, because for most people, like myself, it is just a long cold that we can shake off. 'There's many more serious conditions that I think deserve the headlines and attention.' 



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