Medical personnel help patients inside the Spedali Civili hospital in Brescia, Italy on March 13, 2020 [REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo/File Photo]

When Dr Clare Gerada, a 60-year-old general practitioner (GP) and former chair of the Royal College of GPs in the UK, recently caught coronavirus, she said it was “the worst I have ever felt” and “worse than childbirth”.

She tested positive for COVID-19 and wrote about her experience of the illness online.

Thankfully Dr Gerada is making a full recovery but hearing first-hand what it is like to have the illness got me thinking about how the virus attacks the body and why it makes us feel so bad.

Why do we get a fever and cough? Where does the sore throat come

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