Scots personal trainer who caught coronavirus aged 25 urges young people to follow rules – Daily Record
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A personal trainer who had covid-19 is urging people to follow the rules as more young people fall victim to the virus.
Prior to getting Covid-19, Iain Allen, 25, could cycle 100km, lift weights and train daily.
Two months on from his diagnosis, he’s only able to manage 20 minutes of exercise, and is experiencing signs of long Covid.
Iain, from Kilmarnock tested positive for covid-19 in November 2020.
Working as a personal trainer, he decided to get tested after a client tested positive, as he was concerned for the safety of his wife and baby.
Iain said: “I’m normally a healthy individual, living an active personal trainer lifestyle, but I’ve never felt an energy zap like it.
“I had a fever in the first couple of days and then it turned into wheeziness and breathlessness.
“It was quite tough for the first week, and then it seemed to get better, and then I tried to return to normal but I suffered from really bad fatigue and breathlessness for the following few weeks.
“I wouldn’t say I’ve actually fully recovered and this is two months on.
“I have some nerve damage which the doctors have described as long Covid.”
Health chiefs are urging people to follow covid compliance rules as, increasingly, younger victims are reporting long covid symptoms.
New strains of coronavirus are 70% more transmissible and are spreading faster, and one in three people have no symptoms – meaning they can pass it on unknowingly.
But covid-19 is affecting people of all ages, and can have serious health implications for those in their 20s and 30s, as well as those who are older and more vulnerable.
Experts say this is a critical point in the pandemic and we all need to do everything possible to slow the spread.
Staying at home, limiting non-essential contact, and following FACTS guidance is critical to halt the spread of the virus.
New variants of coronavirus now present a real risk to the health of all ages and every non-compliant action could potentially affect lives.
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Iain adds: “It’s had a big impact on my mental health and a struggle to adapt to not feeling the way I used to. It’s drained the life out me and it’s made lockdown harder.
“When I got covid-19 it was seven months on and I would say I was pretty compliant. I was maybe being a bit more lenient with the social distancing side of things, and would take my mask down if people couldn’t hear me, but I’m not going back to that. It’s too much of a risk to my wife and my kid, so I’m definitely being extra cautious now, having had the virus.
“I think a lot of people think the restrictions are just to protect the vulnerable, but I’m 25 and it’s impacted my life quite a bit, in terms of both my physical and mental health. If we stick to it now, we’ll definitely be living a freer life sooner rather than later.”
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