Teenager, 17, pleads with youngsters 'having sleepovers and cycling in groups' to take coronavirus seriously as he shares details of his terrifying near-death experience after catching it

A teenager diagnosed with coronavirus is warning other young people not to risk meeting up and spreading the virus after he was struck down despite believing he was 'untouchable.'
Brandon Fay, who's 17 and from Ireland, said he thought his asthma was 'acting up' only to be admitted to the Mater hospital in Dublin.  
He told Dublin Live: 'I thought because I'm a teenager that I was untouchable that I would never get the virus, I thought it would never hit my doorstep.
'To the teenagers out there having sleepovers, cycling in groups, going to beaches and hanging out together, ask yourselves, is it worth it?
'Is it worth spreading the virus? You may be able to fight it but the people you spread it to like your grandparents or parents, will they? he added.         
Brandon praised the staff at the Mater hospital in Dublin where he received his treatment and said they all deserve awards and accolades
Brandon praised the staff at the Mater hospital in Dublin where he received his treatment and said they all deserve awards and accolades
Brandon's coronavirus nightmare began when he got his first symptoms on Wednesday 25th March and went for a regular routine check-up in the hospital on the 26th.
'I don't know how I contracted it and don't think half of the people who have it or had it will know where they have got it from. It's a virus, you can't see it,' he said.
'I had a cough and was very short of breath but I just thought it was my asthma acting up. I thought it was pollen in the air but my consultant heard me coughing and got me checked by a nurse. My blood pressure and O2 levels were high and within 30 minutes I was isolated on a ward,' he said.
Brandon said he totally lost his appetite and was very short of breath.
He spent three days in isolation and another three days on a ward with two other men with coronavirus.   
Brandon Fay, who's 17 and from Dublin, Ireland, (pictured in hospital) said he thought his asthma was 'acting up' only to be admitted to the Mater hospital with the virus where he was attending a check-up
Brandon has urged other young people not meet up with friends and spread the virus
Brandon has urged other young people not meet up with friends and spread the virus
'I was extremely nervous, I felt isolated from the world as nobody could come visit me or see me.'
Brandon praised the staff at the Mater hospital and said they all deserve awards and accolades.
'The only people who could come in were nurses and doctors, it was a terrifying experience. But the staff at the Mater Hospital treated me like one of their own children and comforted me when I needed them most. '
Brandon added that there was dark times that he thought he would die alone in hospital but described himself as one of the lucky ones.   
'After my few days in hospital I was released home as I had my own bedroom and bathroom to isolate in and was given a pulse oximeter which connected to my mobile through Bluetooth.
'This allowed me to check my heart rate and oxygen levels which would send the results directly to the hospital to keep an eye on me.'
Teenager, 17, pleads with youngsters 'having sleepovers and cycling in groups' to take coronavirus seriously as he shares details of his terrifying near-death experience after catching it Teenager, 17, pleads with youngsters 'having sleepovers and cycling in groups' to take coronavirus seriously as he shares details of his terrifying near-death experience after catching it Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 05:46 Rating: 5

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