‘Like glass in your lungs’ Coronavirus patient issues terrifying warning about symptoms

Tara Jane Langston, who received intensive care after she was diagnosed with coronavirus, told Sky News she felt like she had glass in her throat and her lungs. Ms Langston claimed she was fearful she would not make it and fail to see her daughters grow up, as she urged Britons to take the COVID-19 disease seriously. She said: “My body was exhausted. I was just really scared I thought they’re just going to put me to sleep and I’m not going to wake up again and I’m not going to see my girls grow up.

“And I was sobbing and crying. And all the nurses and doctors in the ICU were just amazing, they were doing everything they could to calm me down.

“Because when you get upset, when you’re crying, you panic, your breathing exasperates and gets even worse.

“It’s pretty frightening, it’s very painful.

“I’ve described it as having glass in your throat, glass in your lungs.

“It hurts, you know. And the fact that you can’t breath is so, so scary.”

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The warning comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson was taken to hospital on Sunday evening for tests on the advice of his doctor after continuing to run a high temperature.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said Boris Johnson remains “very much in charge” of the Government despite spending the night in hospital with persistent coronavirus symptoms.

Downing Street described the move as a “precautionary step”, insisting that he continued to lead the Government, and remained in touch with ministers and senior officials.

Mr Jenrick stressed it was not an emergency admission and that he expected him to be back in Downing Street “shortly”.

“He’s been working extremely hard leading the Government and being constantly updated,” he told BBC Breakfast.

“That’s going to continue.

“Obviously today he’s in hospital having the tests but he will continue to be kept informed as to what’s happening and to be in charge of the Government.


“I’m sure this is very frustrating for him, for somebody like Boris who wants to be hands-on running the Government from the front, but nonetheless he’s still very much in charge of the Government.”

Nevertheless, in Mr Johnson’s absence, Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State is expected to chair the Government’s daily coronavirus meeting on Monday.

The news of the Prime Minister’s admission, he is believed to be in the nearby St Thomas’ Hospital, came just an hour after the Queen delivered a message of hope to the nation, saying “we will overcome it” although we “may have more still to endure”.

Meanwhile, England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty has recovered from his coronavirus symptoms and is back at work.

Mr Jenrick suggested the current lockdown measures could be gradually eased “in the weeks to come”, although an exit strategy would require much more testing.

He said there was currently “excess capacity” in intensive care units “across the country”, which had to be maintained to ensure the NHS was not overwhelmed.

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“If we can do that then we can look in the weeks to come to begin to very carefully… lift some of those measures,” he said.

“But an exit strategy that’s sustainable will also have to be accompanied by much greater testing and tracing than we are able to do today.”

In a rare televised address to the nation on Sunday, the Queen personally thanked frontline NHS staff, care workers and others for “selflessly” carrying out their essential roles which had brought “us closer to a return to more normal times”.

She thanked others for staying at homes, separated from friends and family, and echoed the words of Forces’ sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn’s Second World War anthem when she said “we will meet again”.

The Prime Minister revealed on March 27 that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was self-isolating with “mild symptoms” including a high temperature and persistent cough

He has shared several video updates from his Number 11 flat since the diagnosis and stepped outside to join the nationwide clap for key workers on Thursday evening.

Mr Johnson has not been seen publicly since but spoke to new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer on Saturday afternoon.

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