NHS staff applaud coronavirus survivor as she leaves intensive care just days after family said final goodbye – The Sun

SURVIVOR Annette Gardner was clapped by NHS staff as she left intensive care — just days after her family said their final goodbyes.

Annette, 58, who lost her dad to coronavirus, spent 14 days on a ventilator at Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Worcs.

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Her mum and sister were also ill.

Back on a ward, she said: “I nearly died. I want to say how grateful I am to the NHS.”

It comes as Britain’s top doctor last night issued a bleak warning that the nation may have to live with tough social distancing measures for “the next calendar year”.

Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty also stressed that the chances of a vaccine in the next year were “incredibly small”.

He said: “In the long run, the exit from this is going to be one of two things, ideally.

“A vaccine, and there are a variety of ways they can be deployed . . . or highly effective drugs so that people stop dying of this disease even if they catch it.”

But he added: “The probability of having those any time in the next calendar year are incredibly small and I think we should be realistic about that.

“We’re going to have to rely on other social measures, which of course are very socially disruptive as everyone is finding at the moment.


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“But it’s going to take a long time.”

To avoid spreading coronavirus, the Government will recommend Brits cover their face with something as simple as a scarf when at work, in shops or on public transport.

Masking the mouth and nose limits asymptomatic people — who are infected but showing no symptoms — from passing on the disease by coughing or sneezing.

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