Having covid-19 has been an unusual experience as its ranged from initial fear and panic, to admiration and hope as communities have come together to provide support to those in need.
The unknown has always terrified me, therefore, being unable to be tested, uncertainty in work, and concern about how loved ones would cope has exasperated this.
For a period of approximately a week I suffered from temperatures peaking at 41°C. My throat felt raw and ravaged from the constant coughing, and I had a tightness in my chest which made me feel like I was suffocating and could not get enough air in.
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Unfortunately my recovery was delayed after I caught a secondary bacterial infection and needed antibiotics and steroids to clear up.
It was a very rough two weeks, but it has taken me much longer than that to feel in anyway close to my normal self.
Finally, once I felt ready to return to work, which I should add was from our dining room table rather than my desk at work, I received news that I had been furloughed three days later and so yet again everything became uncertain.
However, coinciding with this I'd heard from a GP friend that her practise was being turning into a covid-19 testing hub and they’d been given no PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to carry out the work.
She had been busy making some face-shields with acetate and using elastic to secure the visor to her head. I was completely shocked and scared for her.
Knowing I had an old 3D printer tucked away beneath years of junk in my garage I reached online for 3D printable face shields and very quickly stumbled upon a massive online community dedicated to providing DIY equipment to people who needed PPE.
I modified some existing open-source designs to work with the materials I could get and over the course of a long weekend I made her enough for her practice to use.
I was so happy that I could help that I asked on social media if anyone else needed help and I could not believe the response I had.
There are so many frontline workers who do not have the correct equipment that they require to do their jobs, ranging from NHS staff, home carers, pharmacies, care homes and the list goes on.
I managed to make contact with a local charity called Fans Supporting Food Banks whose hashtag #PPEdoesntwearclubcolours really resonated with me and we have linked up and are together with a number of other companies around Merseyside to create a co-ordinated effort to supply anyone who needs PPE with a face shield.
It has been an amazing journey so far and I feel lucky that I’ve been able to actually do something to contribute to the Herculean efforts all our frontline workers have been putting in during this crisis.
This process has really made me think about our position. I feel that we are very lucky that we have such easy access to food and medicine, and that we have the NHS, and that as a country we are able to self isolate with financial support – this luck needs to be recognised and shared to the less lucky.
I beat covid-19 through good fortune, and I would like to use this experience to help continue the community spirit and cooperation I’ve witnessed so far during this pandemic.
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This is the latest in the ECHO’s series of Coronavirus Diaries, focusing on people’s individual experiences during this unprecedented time. If you have a story to share, email email@example.com