Michael Rosen health latest: Author reveals gruelling COVID-19 effects – what to look for

The former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen spent 47 days in intensive care with coronavirus. The author was admitted to the ICU on 29 March after coming down with flu-like symptoms. After recovering at home for the past three weeks, Michael spoke about his hellish battle on GMB this morning.

The former Children’s Laureate said he was “forever grateful” for their efforts.

“Thanks a million to the hundreds – if not thousands – who’ve wished me well,” he wrote on Twitter

He paid tribute to the “nurses, doctors, cleaners, caterers, ambulance drivers, physios (and more)” who made “huge efforts” to keep him alive.

Coronavirus symptoms – what to look for

According to the NHS, the main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Other health bodies have produced a more extensive list of possible symptoms, however.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhoea

What should you do if your symptoms get worse?

UK health advice says to self-isolate if you recognise the warning signs.

Self-isolation is when you stay at home because you have or might have coronavirus (COVID-19).

It’s important to get medical help if your symptoms get worse, however.

According to the NHS, this typically means:

  • You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • You feel breathless and it’s getting worse
  • Your symptoms get worse and you’re not sure what to do

Call 999 for an ambulance if you or someone you care for:

  • Are struggling to breathe
  • Are coughing up blood
  • Have blue lips or a blue face
  • Feel cold and sweaty, with pale or blotchy skin
  • Have a rash that does not fade when you roll a glass over it
  • Collapse or faint
  • Become confused or very drowsy
  • Have stopped peeing or are peeing much less than usual

“Tell the operator you might have coronavirus symptoms,” advises the NHS.


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