A young man who is recovering from coronavirus says the illness feels "like your lungs are filling up with smoke or liquid".
Daryl Doblados, 29, of Littleport, Cambridgeshire, was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 19.
He's now issuing a stark warning for young people who think they won't be affected by the deadly disease.
Daryl first fell ill when he woke up with a high temperature, sore throat and aches all over his body, later got shivers and a shortness of breath.
He decided to phone 111 and an ambulance arrived at his home just 15 minutes later to rush him to Addenbrooke's Hospital.
He says that he was a healthy 29-year-old but was still floored by what the doctors called only a "mild" case of coronavirus.
He now is having to self-isolate which means he is having to stay away from his partner and his two young children.
He told CambridgeshireLive: "During my stay, I was very worried about the acute shortness of breath.
"I was always consistently trying to focus on my breathing because once I lost control of the breathing, I felt like I was drowning."
Daryl now wants to tell others what his experience was like, and says that just because you think you're healthy doesn't mean you won't catch or suffer from the virus.
Daryl said: "It feels like your lungs are filling up with smoke or liquid and its a real struggle to breathe. I've never felt anything like this.
"I really feel for those who contracted a severe or critical case. It's really the breathing problem that gets to you and I've only got a mild case.
"I'm in seven days of isolation in my bedroom, my two kids and my partner are going to be isolated from me pretty much, my partner will have to isolate for 14 days.
"As for my kids I really can't see them for seven days.
"The takeaway is don't take this for granted, it's really not a joke."
Daryl added how amazing Addenbrooke's staff were in helping him and reassuring him that he would be ok.
He said: "Our NHS staff are definitely one of the best and their dedication to keep the public healthy & safe is amazing."
He added that the consultant gave him some recommendations to help his recovery.
These were to stay hydrated, to rest and to monitor his breathing, and if things escalated to call 111 again.
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