Anti-vaxxers target Welsh teenager in hospital with Covid-19
A Welsh teenager who is in hospital with Covid-19 has been targeted by anti-vaxxers on social media.
Maisy Evans, 17, from Newport, has been branded “liar” and an “actress paid by the government” by conspiracy theorists and online trolls after urging young people to have the vaccine.
She has had symptoms including dizziness, shortness of breath, headaches, a loss of smell and taste, after contracting the virus.
She told Sky News: “I’ve had to deal with a lot of anti-vaxxers and conspiracy theorists which is deeply frustrating.
“I’ve been called a liar, an actress paid by the government to push certain agendas, Satan, a Nazi, evil, and so many more things. It’s totally uncalled for.”
Evans, who tested positive for the virus on 14 August, three days after having her first Pfizer jab, has also suffered a Covid-related blood clot on her right lung.
She admitted to hospital on 25 August. The Covid-related blood clot was discovered on her right lung after she underwent numerous blood tests, X-rays and CT scans.
She has previously told ITV Wales: “For my 10 days in isolation, I was really poorly. I was constantly tired and in pain.
“My GP said it was something to wait out, so that’s what I did. I waited it out until one night, I couldn’t sleep due to the pain in the back of my head and neck. Early in the morning on Wednesday the 25th, my mum called NHS direct for advice.
“A first responder arrived within half an hour, performed some routine checks and was unhappy with her findings.
“My temperature was high, heart rate high, blood pressure high and I was clearly in a lot of pain, unable to lift my head. Whilst I had no visible rash, the first responders feared the worst – meningitis. They began the treatment for meningitis because after all, we’d be better safe, than sorry.”
She added: “I am lucky. My clot is not too large; it will clear. I’ve probably had every possible symptom. I’ve had the cough, the high temperature, the shakes, the sickness, the dizziness, the shortness of breath, the excruciating headaches, the body aches.
“You name a symptom – it’s hit me. I even lost my sense of smell and taste. The breathlessness was one of the last symptoms to develop.
“As the cough began to clear, the damage to my lungs became more obvious. I can’t stand up without getting out of breath and the smallest tasks feel like the most difficult things in the world.”