Bachelor’s Sophie Tieman was ‘scared and alone’ in hospital when it was suspected she had COVID-19

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EXCLUSIVE: The Bachelor’s Sophie Tieman was left ‘scared and alone’ inside hospital ‘red zone’ when doctors suspected she had COVID-19 – before being diagnosed with serious illness

The Bachelor’s Sophie Tieman has revealed she has been diagnosed with viral meningitis after being admitted to hospital on Tuesday for testing.

The 27-year-old told Daily Mail Australia she was left ‘scared’ and ‘alone’ after it was initially suspected she had contracted COVID-19. 

‘I was treated like a COVID-19 patient for 24 hours until my swabs came back negative,’ she said.

Horror: The Bachelor’s Sophie Tieman (pictured) has revealed she has been diagnosed with viral meningitis after being admitted to hospital on Tuesday for testing. The 27-year-old told Daily Mail Australia she was left ‘scared’ and ‘alone’ after it was initially suspected she had contracted COVID-19

Sophie was placed into a ‘red zone’ within the hospital where she was unable to have contact with her partner Joe. 

Medical staff tending to her wore extra personal protective equipment to protect themselves from catching the virus.

‘I understand why they need to treat you like this during this period, and totally respect it, but it’s quite scary being in the red zone and unable to have any support people with you,’ she said.

Sophie also shared her shock at becoming ill as she has been extremely vigilant during the pandemic at maintaining social distancing.

'It's quite scary being in the red zone and unable to have any support people with you': Sophie was initially placed into a  into a 'red zone' within the hospital where she was unable to have contact with her partner Joe and medical staff wore extra personal protective equipment

‘It’s quite scary being in the red zone and unable to have any support people with you’: Sophie was initially placed into a  into a ‘red zone’ within the hospital where she was unable to have contact with her partner Joe and medical staff wore extra personal protective equipment

‘(We’ve been) only leaving the house for exercise and to pick up groceries,’ she said.

Sophie confirmed she is now ‘on the mend’ and being looked after by her boyfriend at home.

She finished with a plea for people to be sensible as social distancing restrictions are eased on Friday.

'(We've been) only leaving the house for exercise and to pick up groceries': Sophie shared her shock at becoming ill as she has been extremely vigilant during the pandemic at maintaining social distancing. Pictured with her partner

‘(We’ve been) only leaving the house for exercise and to pick up groceries’: Sophie shared her shock at becoming ill as she has been extremely vigilant during the pandemic at maintaining social distancing. Pictured with her partner 

‘You just can’t be careful enough during a time like this. If you’re feeling even just a little bit sick, stay indoors,’ she urged.

Meningitis is a serious illness which causes inflammation of the brain and spinal cord membranes.

On Tuesday, Sophie shared a shocking image of herself lying in a hospital bed wearing a gown and face mask, with a nasogastric tube inserted into her nose.

Unwell: On Tuesday, Sophie shared a shocking image of herself lying in a hospital bed wearing a gown and face mask, with a nasogastric tube inserted into her nose

Unwell: On Tuesday, Sophie shared a shocking image of herself lying in a hospital bed wearing a gown and face mask, with a nasogastric tube inserted into her nose

Sophie explained in a post to her Instagram Stories she had been unwell for a week but was initially diagnosed with ‘influenza’.

Following several days of treatment, her condition failed to improve and Sophie felt like her ‘head was going to explode’.

She had also been suffering from other symptoms including lethargy and neck aches.

Further tests required: The reality star was admitted to hospital on Tuesday to undergo tests including pathology, a chest x-ray and an MRI scan. Sophie also revealed she would be undergoing a spinal tap, which she was 'dreading'

Further tests required: The reality star was admitted to hospital on Tuesday to undergo tests including pathology, a chest x-ray and an MRI scan. Sophie also revealed she would be undergoing a spinal tap, which she was ‘dreading’

The reality star was admitted to hospital on Tuesday to undergo tests including pathology, a chest x-ray and an MRI scan.

Sophie also revealed she would be undergoing a spinal tap, which she was ‘dreading’.

The procedure involves a needle being inserted into the spine to collect fluid for testing.  

Sophie rose to fame on the 2018 season of The Bachelor where she dated Nick ‘The Honey Badger’ Cummins.

She made it to the final rose ceremony along with co-star Brittany Hockley, but Nick shocked the nation when he chose neither woman and went home alone.

Reality star: Sophie rose to fame on the 2018 season of The Bachelor where she dated Nick 'The Honey Badger' Cummins (right)

Reality star: Sophie rose to fame on the 2018 season of The Bachelor where she dated Nick ‘The Honey Badger’ Cummins (right) 

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