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'At 6pm we got the news our baby had tested positive for Covid-19'

After a couple of days of feeling unwell, Irish journalist Daniel Ruddock and his fiancee isolated themselves in their flat... then their problems really began to start

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What started as a small rash on four-month-old Robyn Ruddock’s forehead turned out to be full-blown Covid-19 virus

What started as a small rash on four-month-old Robyn Ruddock’s forehead turned out to be full-blown Covid-19 virus

What started as a small rash on four-month-old Robyn Ruddock’s forehead turned out to be full-blown Covid-19 virus

I started coughing on Sunday evening, and woke up on Monday morning with a few aches, a bit of a headache, and a tight chest.

Uncomfortable, but definitely not a knockout, my immediate concerns were my four-month old daughter, Robyn, and my asthmatic fiancee, Rebecca. I decided, after looking at the NHS website, to isolate for seven days due to this new persistent cough, despite not having a fever.

My symptoms never got much worse, and despite still not being able to smell or taste anything almost two weeks later, I am perfectly healthy.


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