"My sister is only 36 and is normally fit and healthy."
The family of an NHS nurse have revealed that she has “improved slightly” in her recovery after contracting Coronavirus.
Areema Nasreen, aged 36, was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 20, 2020.
Despite not having any underlying health issues, she was placed on a ventilator in intensive care at Walsall Manor Hospital.
Her sister Kazeema explained that the mother-of-three deteriorated rapidly after developing symptoms, starting with body aches, a high temperature and then a cough.
Areema was then tested which revealed she had Coronavirus.
Areema, who has worked in the NHS for 16 years, has made some improvement in her battle against the virus.
Kazeema said: “She improved slightly. Tiny steps.”
Colleagues of the popular nurse have urged her to “keep fighting”, saying that she “still has so much to give”.
Kazeema has now told people to take the illness seriously.
She said: “My sister, who is an amazing nurse on the front line and who always helps so many, has now caught this virus.
“She is critically ill in ICU, on a ventilator and fighting for her life.
“I want everyone to know how dangerous this is. My sister is only 36 and is normally fit and healthy.
“People are not taking this seriously enough. She is young – it is not just the elderly who are at risk.
“Areema first became unwell around ten days ago, first suffering with ‘body aches’, a high temperature which could not be brought down and a cough.
“Her temperature would not go down and her cough was so bad it affected her lungs.”
“Eventually she got taken to hospital and they tested her two days ago. It came back positive and now she is in the Intensive Care Unit at the Manor Hospital.
“We’re obviously not allowed to visit her but the hospital staff are keeping in touch and updating us as often as possible.
“Areema loves the NHS. Her colleagues are like a second family and they have been truly amazing with her – and us. They are keeping us all strong and doing everything they can for her.
“The Manor Hospital are brilliant and she has loved working there for over 15 years. She started off as housekeeping, then a Healthcare Assistant and now is qualified as a staff nurse.
“She is my queen and is truly loved by everyone – always putting others first. We are heartbroken.”
Birmingham Mail reported that Areema started off as a Healthcare Assistant. In 2016, she started studying to become a nurse. Areema qualified as an NHS nurse in January 2019, before taking a job as a Staff Nurse on Walsall Manor Hospital’s Acute Medical Unit.