A mother of six who was placed in an artificial coma after contracting Covid-19 said listening to anti-vaxxers on social media and refusing to be vaccinated was her “greatest regret.”
Emily Burrows, 47, from the Forest of Dean, was admitted to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital after testing positive for the virus on July 23 and falling seriously ill.
Ms Burrows, who has multiple sclerosis, was soon placed on a ventilator after doctors discovered she had extremely low oxygen levels.
She was then in an artificial coma for two weeks and is now recovering in hospital.
Ms Burrows admitted she was initially “in complete denial” when she started noticing her symptoms at home, but her experience has now changed her view of the virus.
Emily Burrows, 47, from the Forest of Dean, was admitted to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital after testing positive for Covid on July 23
She had now urged others to get vaccinated in an effort to avoid an ordeal similar to hers, which she described as “heartbreaking.”
Ms. Burrows, whose husbands and eldest son have both received their vaccinations, explained that she had not initially objected to the jab but after reading social media posts from anti-vaxxers decided to oppose the vaccine.
She said BBC news: ‘They just go to your head and they play games with you.
“You don’t know who these people are, but because it’s so widespread there, you eventually start listening to them.”
Ms Burrows said she started showing Covid symptoms at home, but the illness progressed quickly and her son eventually called an ambulance.
While she was in the hospital, Ms Burrows, who at one point became so weak that she could not lift her hands, asked the staff to give her the vaccine but was told it was too late and she would immediately respond. the ventilator had to be put on.
Now recovering in hospital, Ms Burrows said she now encourages others to get the shot whenever she gets the chance.
Ms Burrows added: “I’m not worried about the anti-vaxxers now. They can say what they want, but Covid is real and what I’ve been through is real.”
Ms Burrows, who has multiple sclerosis, has been in an artificial coma for two weeks and is now recovering in hospital
Ms Burrows was admitted to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital with extremely low oxygen levels
Yesterday, daily Covid deaths in Britain more than quadrupled in a week, official figures show.
Health leaders recorded a further 209 Covid deaths on Tuesday, compared to just 50 last Tuesday.
The number last week was unusually low, coming a day after the public holiday on Monday, with death rates typically lower on and around public holidays. In comparison, on the previous two Tuesdays there were 174 and 170 deaths.
Another 37,489 people tested positive for Covid, up 16 percent in a week. The Department of Health also revealed that as of September 1, 1,000 people had been hospitalized in the UK with the virus.
It was the second time in a week that there had been four-digit admissions in a single 24-hour period, after 1,019 people had also been hospitalized with the virus on August 25.
The DOH update — which often includes backlog hospital data because of the way it’s recorded — showed an additional 988 admissions on Sept. 2 and 905 on Sept. 3, both week-over-week increases.
It comes as Downing Street admitted yesterday that a ‘firebreak’ lockdown in October would only be used as a last resort if the NHS is pushed to its limits in the coming weeks.
Boris Johnson was heavily criticized last fall for failing to lay down a fire extinguisher in October, when the number of cases rose.
But his spokesman said the vaccines had given the UK “significant defences” that the country lacked at this time last year.
The prime minister’s spokesman said: “It is not true that the government is planning a lockdown or firebreak around mid-October.
‘We have retained contingency plans as part of responsible planning for a range of scenarios, but these types of measures would only be reintroduced as a last resort to avoid unsustainable pressures on our NHS.’
He added: ‘I think we have been clear all along that we will take action, and indeed we have done so when it has been necessary to protect our NHS.
“But the past times when that action was needed, we’ve been without the significant defenses that our vaccination program offers us — we’re in a very different phase now.”