A coronavirus patient has urged others to 'calm down' after saying she had no idea she had even picked up the virus – comparing the symptoms to a 'long cold'.
Bridget Wilkins, from London, flew back to her homeland of Australia for a friend's wedding, via Singapore, last week and is currently being isolated in Brisbane hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.
The 29-year-old acknowledged the 'very serious' nature of the outbreak, while also saying much of the 'hype and hysteria' around it has been undue.
"The message I’d like to put out to the world is that maybe someone has it already, and it’s very common symptoms, like a headache, or a sore throat or just being tired," she said.
"[I thought] I had those symptoms because I’d just travelled 30-plus hours.
"I've still got those symptoms, but nothing more than that.
"It’s certainly not as severe as some headlines are making it.
"I didn’t think I had coronavirus. I thought I had jetlag."
Bridget was forced to miss her friend's wedding and told 7NEWS she has 'no idea' when, where and how she caught the virus.
She hopes to be out of hospital this week and says she believes most people will recover from the illness.
"There’s a lot of hype and hysteria on the news around coronavirus," she added.
"There should be. It’s very serious, particularly for the elderly and people with existing conditions.
"But I think we have to calm down, because for most people, like myself, it is just a long cold that we can shake off.
"There’s many more serious conditions that I think deserve the headlines and attention."
As the number of confirmed cases in the UK hits 321, advice from NHS remains for people to regularly wash their hands with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitiser gel if necessary.
The Foreign Office warned Brits against all but essential travel to Italy, after the death toll there soared to 366 and countrywide restrictions were imposed.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock yesterday moved to issue reassurances that food supplies into the UK will continue 'even in our reasonable worst-case scenario'
Speaking in the Commons, he said: "We have been talking to the supermarkets for some time about this scenario."
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