Reitumetse Makwea
Digital Intern
2 minute read
5 Aug 2021
6:40 am

‘Every breath was excruciating’: How Covid crept up on me

Reitumetse Makwea

Breathing was the hardest part and I wished I could stop breathing because the pain was unbearable, every breath, yawn or cough was accompanied by excruciating pain.

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It all began with a low fever and a headache on 1 July this year. I had a mild fever, not very high, just 36.1°C, but I was also feeling alright so I ignored the symptoms because it felt like normal flu. The Covid battle starts I bought some medication and continued to work until Monday when I couldn’t get up from the bed. My one-year-old son woke up very weak on the same day. He couldn’t eat or move and neither could I. It all happened a minimum of three days into the start of odd symptoms. It started...