Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald appeared on last night's Late Late Show to talk about battling with the coronavirus over the last few weeks.
McDonald, speaking to Ryan Tubridy who had also been diagnosed with the virus, explained that she felt a huge amount of pain and was genuinely frightened during her ordeal.
McDonald is an asthma sufferer, which is defined as an underlying condition for this virus. She also made it clear she didn't suffer from all of the symptoms, which shows that everybody experiences their fight differently.
She claimed that every part of her hurt during her recovery.
It hurt to open my eyes. My eye sockets ached. It was like all of my nerve endings were hyper sensitised. Aches and pains, all of that. Exhausted. I couldn't sustain a conversation - well I could, but it required real effort.
So it literally floored me. I've never experienced anything like it. I've had before episodes I would call flu, but this didn't feel like a flu. This is a horrible, horrible virus.
The personal account is an important one to show the debilitating power of the virus and the fear it induces, especially in a time when reports are circulating of vast breaking of lockdown protocols across the country.
McDonald also discussed government formation and Sinn Féin's exclusion from the process on the show, as well the reactions of the country and the world to the Covid-19 pandemic in general.
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