Mum’s lesser-known Covid headache ‘spread to eyes’ before she ‘felt like zombie’

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A mum-of-two has told how she suffered some of the lesser-known symptoms of coronavirus after her family was struck down with the illness on Christmas Day.

Journalist Felicity Collinson says she suffered a swollen and stiff neck that left her feeling like a "zombie" from a horror movie as she battled the Covid-19 virus over the festive season.

The 39-year-old, her two sons, and her boyfriend were all forced to isolate for 10 days after discovering they had tested positive for the virus on Christmas Day.

Felicity explained that she didn’t anticipate the symptoms becoming so bad as she is young, fit and healthy.

However, she was drained of energy, suffering from a temperature, a cough and headaches as she battled the virus.

The NHS describes the most-common symptoms as being a fever/temperature, cough or loss of smell and taste.

But she said she also suffered a headache that "spread to my eyes".

Documenting her experience in Teesside Live, Felicity revealed what it was like to suffer from some of the less-known symptoms she encountered.

She documents that things took a turn on day seven, writing: “Wake up. Look around. Pain in eyes about the same as yesterday. My neck hurts today. Touch it and it’s so sore.

“Get up and look in the mirror. The glands under my jaw have swollen up like Frankenstein. Looks like I have half an apple under each side of my neck. My lips are so dry and peeling. Eyes blood shot.”

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She added that day eight of her isolation period was the “absolute worst day” – with her neck problems adding to her misery.

She wrote: “My neck is still swollen, I’m dizzy, have a shortness of breath, I keep going so hot I feel sick, but then start shivering. I’m like a zombie, so so tired.”

By day 10, Felicity said she was able to eat and had a little more energy but continued to feel tired.

However, she was contacted by test and trace and told the contagious period of the illness was over provided she and her family didn’t have a high temperature – but warned a temperature, headaches, and loss of taste can persist for “weeks”.

Felicity has shared her story as infection rates and deaths have reached new record highs in the UK due to the Covid pandemic.

Over 50,000 people have tested positive for the virus every day for the past six days – with medics fearing hospitals are reaching critical mass in parts of the UK.

On Sunday, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer called for a national lockdown within 24hours.

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