Coronavirus has caused a global turmoil and with the UK death toll over 1000, it’s important that people follow the strict measures put in place by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the NHS.

Many who have died as a result of Covid-19 were classed as over 60 or had underlying health conditions but what is it like to be one of these people at high risk?

According to the NHS website people at high risk of contracting Coronavirus are those who have undergone organ transplants or cancer treatments, have blood or bone marrow cancer, have a server lung condition, a weakened immune system or are pregnant.

Timothy Goodwin, aged 36, has cystic fibrosis (CF). CF is an hereditary disorder which causes the build-up of mucus in the lungs and digestive system which as a result causes problems in these organs along with other complications such as diabetes and sinus infections. Mr Goodwin is classed as someone at risk of severe illness if he catches Coronavirus.

“Is it Coronavirus or just another chest infection?”
Timothy Goodwin, cystic fibrosis sufferer

Timothy Goodwin, a cystic fibrosis sufferer

With a disease like Coronavirus it is extremely much more of a risk for a CF patient to go outside for a daily run or bike ride and carry out a job of working with vulnerable people, this is something Mr Goodwin is having to come to terms with. It is in these situations where people rely on the help of others, especially when living alone.

Having to work from home, socialise via social media or FaceTime, and get food shopping delivered, Mr Goodwin is still concerned about the situation around Coronavirus and how the government and public are treating it.

The World Health Organisation identifies a dry cough and shortness of breath as symptoms of Coronavirus but for a CF sufferer these are symptoms they have to deal with every day of their lives. Mr Goodwin said, it’s difficult to tell the difference between “is it coronavirus or just another chest infection? But I won’t be able to tell as the government isn’t allowing testing to be done.”

Due to the recent guidelines set by the government and NHS, Mr Goodwin is now having to isolate himself for a minimum of 12 weeks and is being advised not to leave his home. The NHS also told him to stay three steps away from others indoor as well.

More than 70,000 people worldwide are living with CF

Approximately 1,000 new cases of CF are diagnosed each year

More than half of the CF population is age 18 or older

– Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

For more information about Coronavirus visit the NHS website or for more specific queries with CF visit a charity like Cystic Fibrosis Trust.