'I'm high-risk and got coronavirus: it can be OK'

BBC 1Xtra's DJ Ace puts out a message of reassurance for people with underlying health problems.

4/1/2020 3:56:00 PM

'You can get the virus and you can still be fine' BBC 1xtra's DJ Ace, on the waiting list for a new kidney, wants to share the message that high-risk people can recover

BBC 1Xtra's DJ Ace puts out a message of reassurance for people with underlying health problems.

"It's because my condition puts me in a high risk and vulnerable category, so I've been advised not to go back to work for now."But I have had to continue having my dialysis sessions three times a week and about 10 days ago I had fever and I had some real body aches."

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He explains that he was sent to a dialysis session in isolation and was tested for the coronavirus.Ten days later, he says, that test came back positive."I'm just putting this video out there for people who are like me who have underlying health issues to say you can get the virus and you can still be fine," he adds.

"I had symptoms for like two days, I had fever and I had body aches, I didn't have the cough and I've come out of it very well."Following official advice, he's now gone back into self-isolation.Image captionFaizan says staying inside is"for the greater good"

Like Ace, 34-year-old Faizan Awan from Blackburn is waiting for a new kidney.But he does his dialysis treatments himself, at home, and this means he hasn't left his house - at all - in nearly a month."It's been a month, but it's felt like a year," he tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.

"It can get tiresome, it can start to play with your head a bit. Days drift into each other after a while but it's for the greater good."He says he's"not scared" of coronavirus - and agrees with Ace that the most important thing is to follow official advice.

"I live with my family and my mother is getting older and my brother has asthma so although they're healthier than I am I wouldn't want to put them or myself at risk by not listening to guidelines."Image captionFaizan does his dialysis treatment overnight in his bedroom

A spokesperson for kidney support charity The National Kidney Federation has told Newsbeat:"We know the current Covid-19 pandemic is a worrying time for patients."Government guidelines are to be followed by everyone, but kidney patients have extra concerns about keeping themselves safe.

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"The National Kidney Federation operates the only UK helpline dedicated to kidney patients and their families, for help and advice in this worrying time, call free of charge on 0800 169 09 36." Read more: BBC News (UK) »

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