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Lawyer who had Covid-19 appeals for respect for different opinions on vaccine

Marc Daniels (File photograph)

A lawyer laid low by Covid-19 has appealed to the public to respect each other’s opinions as the country battles a new wave of the disease.

Marc Daniels, who revealed his story on social media, told The Royal Gazette: “I have no regrets with my experience.”

He said he was “privileged and blessed” to get top-quality care at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and that he had not suffered the worst symptoms.

Mr Daniels highlighted that a friend had to be placed on a ventilator and put into an induced coma at the hospital last week.

His Facebook post said his symptoms, which began at the start of the month, did not follow the classic pattern for Covid-19.

Mr Daniels said he did not notice “cough, fever or shortness of breath”.

He added he had lower back ache, followed by headaches, body aches, skin irritation and fatigue.

Mr Daniels said: “I never lost any taste or sense of smell. Even though it wasn’t flu season, I thought the symptoms were more akin to the flu, which I have not had in decades.”

Mr Daniels said he developed pneumonia about a week later and decided to go to hospital on September 8, despite misgivings over the use of medical resources during a major increase in Covid-19 cases.

He said he heard of other patients who were seriously ill as he travelled by ambulance to the hospital.

Mr Daniels added he saw some patients on trolleys in the hallways of King Edward VII hospital.

But he said he was discharged within hours and was able to recover at home.

Mr Daniels said his wife had taken his phone after he woke up at home last Thursday to “news that I was dead or in the ICU fighting for my life”.

The lawyer, who is representing Sophia Cannonier and her husband, Michael Watson, who both deny breaches of quarantine regulations, declined to discuss his views on vaccination, which he said had been a divisive topic.

Mr Daniels said: “Because it’s about health issues, and people have genuine concerns for loved ones and themselves, some of that fear unfortunately is driving what manifests as negativity and contempt.

“We have to realise we are all going through a journey of learning and understanding. We need to show love and compassion.”

He said he was “an advocate for personal freedom” but also had respect for the resources made available by the Government.

Mr Daniels added: “We have to act in a way that’s helpful to others while respecting others. We have to be patient with this experience.”

He said he was thankful his family, including his three young daughters, were healthy.

But Mr Daniels added: “There are individuals dying, suffering, and families that are heartbroken.

“Empathy and compassion shows the truth of us as a people.”