Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

Tim Greenough

Tim Greenough, 21, got COVID-19 and he urges Canberrans not to be complacent this holiday season

“I was probably a little complacent… all the things I thought I was doing right… turned out not to be enough. And that’s what I’m thinking – I thought I was in the open, and in the next minute I’m turning around and I’ve got Coronavirus. ”

Tim Greenough is your typical 21-year-old Canberran who enjoys working out along the lake, eating out at his local takeaway joint, biking with his family and of course traveling. And while 2020 was a tough year for many of Canberra’s youngsters, Tim’s year was particularly tough as he used it to recover from COVID-19.

Tim was one of ACT’s confirmed COVID-19 cases, after contracting the disease while studying in the UK.

“I was in the UK until the end of March and it was pretty crazy over there … most of the people I was friends with were like ‘we go to the pub’… which was probably the opposite of what you should do, ”said Tim.

Fortunately for Tim, his parents realized the severity of the global pandemic and made him fly home.

“I was in the UK working on a project [when] my parents called me and said you should pack your bags; your cousin comes to pick you up. He picks you up and you fly [home], ”Said Tim.

Tim is not sure when he contracted COVID-19, but remembers feeling tired and ill right after his long-haul flight home.

“I started to feel sick the day after I came back… I started to feel pretty tired, but at the time I was like ‘okay, it’s probably jet lag, or it could be a lot of other things’. But I still got a test, ”he said.

“By getting that test, I was able to save my family from [getting COVID-19] … [and] probably a bunch of people from getting it because it is such a highly contagious disease. ”

Although the initial symptoms of COVID-19 did not appear to affect Tim much, the long-term symptoms persisted for several months. He struggled with his ‘normal’ routine and usually needed to rest for several hours after mental or physical training.

“I realized that I can’t really focus on anything for an extended period of time, not just training, but trying to do too much intensity really wears me out,” he said.

“The fatigue and headache were basically what lasted for a couple of months, and I ended up not being able to train properly – just not being able to do the things I was normally used to. It really took an active recovery process to get through it and I think that was pretty surprising. ”

Although Tim now feels more himself and can perform several of his hobbies like running and horseback riding, there was a time when he was not sure he would ever fully recover from the virus.

“There were a few times where I was a little worried. I was like, ‘I do not know if it will disappear’. Because there was no way to know [the long-term effects of COVID-19], ”Said Tim.

Tim now understands that protecting their loved ones from COVID-19 is a community effort in which everyone plays an important role. He strongly encouraged the Canberrans to think about others and their responsibilities, especially as the restrictions were eased.

“COVID can affect everyone, and at the time before I got it, I did not think it would affect me even if I got it. You know [some young people say] it’s all old and 50-year-olds, and even though I get it, I want to feel good, but that’s not the case, ”said Tim.

“I think just because we’ve done really well, does not mean we have to stop here, because things can always turn around. And I think no one needs a reminder of what things can turn into with a slip up. So keep hanging in there, keep following the rules, keep following the guidelines, and I think we’ll get through it eventually. ”

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and when to test, visit covid19.act.gov.au/testing

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