A 40-year-old pastor in Northern Ireland who has been fighting for his life with coronavirus has told how it "wants to take all your life out your lungs so you can't even breathe".
Pastor Mark McClurg, who has no underlying health conditions, has been in intensive care in the Ulster Hospital after testing positive for the deadly virus last week.
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In a video taken from his hospital bed, Pastor McClurg told his followers: "I have coronavirus. I have spent the last week fighting for my life in intensive care unit (ICU).
"Coronavirus wants to kill you. It wants to take all your life out your lungs so you can't even breathe. I'm grateful I'm alive today.
"This coronavirus is deadly and it's dangerous. It attacked my lungs.
"We must protect our amazing NHS staff."
In an update yesterday, his church Ards Elim in Newtownards said: "His infection levels have come down and they have been able to turn the oxygen levels down.
"The staff in the ICU unit, in fact all the staff that Mark has met at the Ulster have been amazing.
"Mark is now going to be moved out of ICU."
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Yesterday we reported how a healthy man of 28 told how he thought he was going to die in hospital from coronavirus.
Ryan Van Waterschoot is now recovering from the "horrifying" virus after ten days in hospital and is urging people to not be selfish and to stay inside.
He said: "I thought it was the end of the road for me. It was the scariest moment of my life."
And 36-year-old Areema Nasreen, who has no underlying health conditions, is fighting for her life at Walsall Manor Hospital in the West Midlands where she works.
Meanwhile Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, a Labour MP and senior A&E doctor, was shocked to see young victims in their 30s and 40s in intensive care.
The Tooting MP and deputy leadership hopeful has been doing shifts at St George's Hospital, in South London.
Writing on Twitter, she revealed: "Previously fit and healthy young people in their 30s and 40s, attached to machines, fighting for their lives.
"This is no joke. Yes, most may get mild symptoms, yes many are older but young, healthy patients are NOT immune.
"The worst of Covid-19 can be horrific."
Prof Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer for England, has previously said young people are wrong to think they will "breeze" through the pandemic.
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