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MetiNews.Com - Michael Allen hopes his experiences will help others
Breaking News ! Michael Allen, a no-nonsense boxing coach from Wallasey, admits that for the first six months of the pandemic he harboured doubts about the true danger of the coronavirus. The owner of the 12 Quays Boxing Gym in Wallasey didn't know anyone who had contracted the virus and was influenced by the disinformation he read online, the Echo reports. Although he stuck to the rules regarding mask wearing and social distancing, he didn't believe he was at risk. Things changed in June 2020 when he began to feel ill. A week later, he was in intensive care at Arrowe Park Hospital in an oxygen bubble mask - wide-eyed with fear as he desperately tried to catch his breath. Sign up to The Northern Agenda newsletter Our free Northern Agenda daily newsletter looks at the political stories that really matter across the North. It features the analysis of award-winning MEN political editor Jennifer Williams and the team of local democracy reporters across the North West, plus informed insight from political journalists on our sister titles in Yorkshire, Humber and the North East. To sign up, just click on this link, enter your email address and follow the instructions The 47-year-old recorded a video on his phone warnings others what was at stake. Michael Allen's oxygen levels dropped to 30 per cent (Image: Michael Allen) He said: "For a few months I had been saying to people I don't think it is as bad as it's made out to be. It couldn't stop people walking about in the street and I didn't know anyone who had it", he said. "I think a lot of people got the wrong end of the stick about coronavirus. "The whole idea of the video, it was making a point to people around me that, basically, just because they could not see it doesn't mean it isn't there." On June 3, he felt faint and nauseous and went to bed. His symptoms worsened over the coming days and he couldn't even get up to use the bathroom. "At this point I had a considerable cough, and I mean it was like breathe in cough out. When I was speaking it was basically one word at a time.
. I had a bad back, bad knees and ankles. I was struggling to get to the toilet without grabbing onto things." Someone who'd been checking on him rang 111.
Michael used to be sceptical about the risk of coronavirus - until he got ill
(Image: Michael Allen)
A call operator suggested an ambulance should be called. When the paramedics arrived, Michael said: 'I could be wasting your time here, just give me something for a chest infection." "They said they had been having a hard time convincing people because a lot of people were quite proud. "But they did their checks and they turned around and said: 'I'm not being funny, if you don't come with us you won't be here tomorrow." His oxygen levels dropped to 30 per cent. He was on an ordinary oxygen mask initially but was put in a bubble mask as things looked increasingly serious. He worried the video he put on Facebook would upset the medics.
"But one doctor said: 'was it you that put the video on Facebook? And he just said 'thank you, people need to know'." Dr Richard Wenstone, consultant intensivist at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, said: "Fortunately, I think people in Liverpool have, on the whole, taken Covid very seriously. "During our three waves will have been directly affected by Covid or know someone who was." He said Covid is "very, very real. Families have been devastated and the long-term physical and mental health consequences may be with us for many years to come."
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