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COVID was ‘scary’ and left her ‘exhausted’

Queen Elizabeth II says her battle with COVID-19 has been “scary”, leaving her “very tired and exhausted” and made it “very difficult” by not being able to see her family.

The 95-year-old British monarch, who will turn 96 next month, spoke about her experience with the coronavirus during a virtual visit to the Royal London Hospital last week to commemorate the official opening of the Queen Elizabeth Unit.

The Queen had developed “mild, cold-like symptoms” after being diagnosed with the virus in February but was able to continue “light duties”, Buckingham Palace said at the time.

In her online chat with former COVID-19 patient Asef Hussain and his wife, the Queen listened as Asef told her about his horrific ordeal after contracting the virus in December. He was put on a ventilator for seven weeks and remained on oxygen after being discharged in a wheelchair.

“I remember waking up my wife and saying that I felt like there was no oxygen in the room,” he said, holding himself up with a cane. “I remember sticking my head out the window, just trying to breathe, trying to get that extra oxygen.”

The Queen said the coronavirus had made her
The Queen said the coronavirus had made her “very tired and exhausted”.
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Queen Elizabeth replied: “I’m glad you’re feeling better and it makes you very tired and drained doesn’t it? This terrible pandemic. That’s not a nice result.

“It was obviously a very scary experience having COVID very bad, wasn’t it?” she said.

Hussain told the woman the difficulty of not being able to be with his family during his hospital stay, to which she remarked, “Of course not being able to see your relatives was very difficult, wasn’t it?”

The large facility was built in just five weeks, according to The Guardian, as severe COVID cases rose in London.

According to an employee, the hospital’s 650 staff were treating about 800 patients at one point.

“This has undoubtedly been the biggest challenge of our careers to date for all of us and I think it was the scale and the pace at which things were happening,” said a nurse with the Queen’s National Health Service during the virtual visit. “However, I think this new facility has enabled us to treat many more patients from across North East London.”

The visit ended with the unveiling of a plaque dedicating the unit to the monarch.

NHS workers listen to Queen Elizabeth on video call to commemorate the opening of the Queen Elizabeth unit at the hospital.
NHS workers listen to Queen Elizabeth on video call to commemorate the opening of the Queen Elizabeth unit at the hospital.
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“It was very nice to be able to be with you and also to hear what happened and how well it was achieved,” said the Queen.

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