A mother of one who had been suffering from mysterious rashes for months and thought she was going to die, found that she was one of the people in the UK who contracted Covid-19.
Sarah Churchill, 36, suffered incredibly painful hand and foot rashes in February when only 15 people tested positive for coronavirus.
Sarah and her doctors would die of blood cancer or HIV and she was afraid to leave her nine-year-old son Noah alone.
More than three months later, Sarah was informed that she had signed Covid-19 when the rashes appeared.
Sarah Churchill, 36, of Bournemouth, Dorset, suffered incredibly painful rashes on her hands and feet in February, which were later diagnosed as coronavirus
The rashes on her feet flared up when only 15 people in the UK tested positive for coronavirus
At first, doctors thought she might have blood cancer or even HIV and were at a loss when medical tests showed no symptoms
Now Sarah wants to warn other Britons who have had rashes that they may have unwittingly discovered the virus.
She said, "It was pretty scary to learn that I could have HIV or blood cancer.
"I really thought I was going to die. It was an emotional roller coaster ride. The silver lining is that I don't have a life-threatening illness like blood cancer or hepatitis.
"But I still don't know what damage my body has done. People could be Covid-19 positive, have no other symptoms, and have no idea.
"They could spread the virus without knowing they had it."
Sarah from Bournemouth, Dorset, felt ill for the first time before Britain was banned in late February, and only about a dozen Covid-19 cases had been confirmed.
Sarah thought she was going to die and was afraid to leave her nine-year-old son Noah alone
She says she has had night sweats, a racing heart, and difficulty breathing. Her family doctor attributed it to the flu and she "didn't think about anything else".
A week later, however, terrible red spots flickered on her hands, feet, and nose. Her doctor was left "gazumped" and said he thought she was immunosuppressed.
He thought Sarah could even have blood cancer or even HIV.
"I just thought I was going to die," Sarah said in shock.
"It was so unusual that I thought that's it, my luck is over, I'm going to die of blood cancer.
"My father died of cancer and it has brought back all emotions."
The mother had numerous blood tests, but the doctor was amazed when the results returned to normal.
This was on March 10th and over time Sarah's rashes became more painful. She was often unable to stand on her foot balls or open beverage bottles.
"I looked like I had the plague," she said.
& # 39; It's an incredibly painful condition, it's not pleasant at all. It didn't even help to rest my hands or feet, it got worse over time. & # 39;
Sarah wants to warn other people who have had similar rashes that they may have had a coronavirus
She had more blood tests and consultations, and finally in early June a dermatologist told Sarah she had had Covid-19.
He said the lesions matched the symptoms of some people who had the killer virus, and their blood count was the same.
"At least my symptoms finally made sense," said Sarah.
"Until then I only had questions."
Now Sarah wants to warn others with similar rashes that they may have Covid-19.
"It never occurred to me that I might have a corona virus," she said.
“It is fascinating and terrible how many different symptoms there are. I never thought I had Covid-19 at all.
"They didn't make it an official symptom, so there might be people with the coronavirus who have no idea."
Sarah has now been treated with antibiotics, but the doctors say they are not sure when the rashes will go away.