Victoria’s Secret model Alexina Graham has detailed her scary struggle with coronavirus in a social media post.
The runway beauty took to Instagram to describe the array of symptoms she experienced over the course of five days, during which she thought she was suffering from food poisoning, before it became clear her condition was much more serious than she had imagined.
After experiencing a fever and severe breathing difficulties, Alexina was hospitalised.
“I was throwing up and on the toilet at the same time, multiple times through the first day,” she wrote. “The fever appeared and then when It broke I got severe chills.
“I was light-headed, I lost shortness of breath, I lost the ability to be able to speak properly in full sentences, my lungs just wouldn’t let me. My chest was tight. I wasn’t able to get in and out of a bath alone. I needed help to get in and out of bed and even eating became painful.”
Alexina went on to thank her younger sister for supporting her through the tough time.
“I was scared, I was in pain and I didn’t know what was to come but you took care of me. You held me, you wiped away my tears and you have been there through each step,” the 30-year-old shared. “When you couldn’t be with me in hospital you were there on the phone. Family, best friend, and my nurse at home. Love you.”
Elsewhere in her post, Alexina begged her 722,000 followers to adhere to government advice about social distancing and self-isolation.
“Some people are still not taking this seriously,” she insisted. “I see on the news there are still gatherings going on and even house parties. Please stay home in isolation alone or with who you live with only (sic). Please take this seriously and please stay home.”
Alexina is the latest famous face to battle Covid-19 – British royal Prince Charles and actors Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Idris Elba, and Olga Kurylenko all tested positive for the disease, which has killed more than 2,350 people in the U.K.
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