Coronavirus: how a new spectre is haunting Europeans

Coronavirus: how a new spectre is haunting Europeans

Death felt so close to Max Sprick, whose coronavirus test result came as a bit of a surprise in mid-October. After all, millions of his fellow Germans had been told that it would be safe to dine out with friends as long as they observed the rules on social distancing – which he did.

When he was confirmed as a Covid-19 patient six days after an evening out with three friends, he said: “I felt exhausted in a way that I didn’t know.

“I had to breathe in very hard, to have the feeling that the air came into my lungs. This was also the worst moment: fearing that there wouldn’t be enough breathing before I went to sleep.”

Before falling sick, the 33-year-old from Munich had good reason not to be too worried about the virus, as doctors had been saying from the beginning that older people were more vulnerable.