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Like Lena Dunham, If You're In Your 20s And 30s, You Probably Won't Die Of Covid – But You Could Become Ill For A Long Time

Tuesday 25 August 2020


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Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham

Like Lena Dunham, If You're In Your 20s And 30s, You Probably Won't Die Of Covid – But You Could Become Ill For A Long Time

Fatigue and brain fog: the nightmare of ‘long Covid’.

By Anna Silverman
August 10, 2020
© 1962-2020 Bauer Media Group.

Lena Dunham shared her ‘Covid story’ on Instagram recently. In the post, she revealed the long-lasting effects coronavirus has had on her body after she became sick in March. ‘The fact is, coronavirus kills, we know that. But it will also alter the bodies and lived experiences of so many who are infected, in ways they could never have predicted,’ she wrote.

She used her story to send an important message to those acting as if the pandemic is over and to raise awareness about the long-term effects. While we know a devastating number have lost their lives and others have experienced mild symptoms and recovered quickly, a new group is starting to emerge: the ‘Long Covid’ sufferers.

Andreane Rellou, 23, a model and actor in Essex, developed symptoms in March and went to hospital with breathlessness. Nearly five months later, she is still suffering from dizziness, very low blood pressure, fatigue, brain fog, shaking, awful migraines and severe heart palpitations – with which she was hospitalised again in July.

‘They told me my lungs were still inflamed, even though I got sick in March and it was July,’ she says. ‘I’d never even had a migraine before I got Covid. Now I can’t go to the shop or walk upstairs. I used to do a lot of dancing and exercise. Now, when I lie down, my heartbeat is still inexplicably very high, but before I was ill it was fairly low.’ In May, Andreane tried to go for a run and lasted 30 seconds before having to lie down for five hours. ‘It’s terrifying,’ she says. ‘The first few times it crossed my mind that I might be dying. It’s so difficult going from being very active to even stretches exhausting me.’


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