Covid left me ‘exhausted’, Queen tells relatives The Queen

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The Queen has revealed she was “very tired and exhausted” after her recent bout of Covid-19 as she discussed her experience with a former patient whose brother and father had died from the virus.

The monarch tested positive for the coronavirus in February but went ahead with her duties despite suffering what Buckingham Palace described as “mild cold symptoms”.

During a virtual visit to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel on Wednesday to mark the official opening of the Queen Elizabeth unit, she heard stories from medical staff, patients and workers who had used the facility during the pandemic.

Speaking to Asef Hussain, a former Covid patient, and his wife, Shamina, the Queen said of the virus: “It makes you very tired and exhausted, doesn’t it? This terrible pandemic. It’s not a pretty result.”

Asef and Shamina Hussein. Photo: Buckingham Palace/PA

Hussain was the third member of his family to be hospitalized with coronavirus after being infected in December 2020. His brother died first, followed closely by his father, who died while Hussain was on a ventilator.

Recalling his experience, Hussain said his wife called an ambulance when he woke up one morning with difficulty breathing. “I remember waking my wife and saying I felt like there was no oxygen in the room,” he said. “I remember sticking my head out the window, just trying to breathe, trying to get that extra oxygen.”

Hussain was on a ventilator at the Royal London for seven weeks and is still recovering. Since his discharge, he uses a wheelchair and a portable oxygen machine.