Coronavirus was confirmed in two Chinese nationals in York on Friday after they fell ill at Staycity Aparthotel on Paragon Street. It’s since emerged one of two people was a student at the University of York. More than 300 people have died in the outbreak so far, the vast majority from Hubei province in Central China, and more than 14,000 people have been infected, with cases confirmed in Thailand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the US, and now the UK.
Wuhan novel coronavirus, its full name, is a new respiratory illness that has not previously been seen in human, and there’s currently no proven cure.
But for Connor Reed, a 25-year-old English teacher from Wales who contracted coronavirus in Wuhan, claims to have cured his illness with a hot toddy.
Connor was one of the first Britons to contract coronavirus in Wuhan around two months ago.
he had taken himself to hospital in the Chinese city after suffering symptoms associated with the illness – breathing difficulties and a severe cough.
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He told The Sun: “I used the inhaler which helped control the cough and drank a hot whisky with honey until that ran out.
“It’s an old fashioned remedy but it seemed to do the trick.
“I did refuse to take the antibiotics the doctors prescribed me because I didn’t want to take any medicines.”
Mr Reed was discharged from Zhongnan University Hospital, but it was only two weeks later he was told by doctors he was suffering from coronavirus.
Hot toddies are recommended by many people to relieve symptoms of cold and flu, but there are no studies to prove it’s a cure.
Special measures have been put in place to help deal with the rising number of cases of coronavirus around the world.
British nationals are being flown home from Wuhan in China, the centre of the coronavirus outbreak, and placed into quarantine to undergo testing for the virus.
To slow the spread of coronavirus and reduce the impact on NHS services, the UK Government has revealed vital steps to follow.
Coronavirus cure: Connor Reed claims a hot toddy helped him beat the illness
A public health campaign has been launched to provide clear advice to the public on how to slow the spread of coronavirus and reduce the impact on NHS services.
The Government-funded campaign will include public health advice on how people can protect themselves from infection.
Similar to the Catch it, Bin it, Kill it campaign used for flu and norovirus, it will promote important hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.
HM Government and NHS-branded information will appear in radio and print media, as well as social media.
The adverts will advise the public to:
- Always carry tissues with and use them to catch coughs and sneezes
- Bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash hands with soap and water, or use sanitiser gel
People who have travelled back from the Hubei province within the last 14 days are being asked to:
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
- Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the city
If you are in Northern Ireland, call your GP.
Anyone who has travelled from anywhere else in China (not including Macao or Hong Kong) to the UK in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath, should immediately self-isolate, even if symptoms are minor and call NHS111.
The UK is extremely well prepared for any potential outbreak of an infectious disease – we are one of the first countries in the world to develop a test for the new virus.
The Government is already working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients had to prevent further spread and are in close contact with the World Health Organization and the international community as the outbreak in China develops to ensure the UK is are ready for all eventualities.
Coronavirus presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing.
The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild.
For further information on coronavirus, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus