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'I Had To Leave The Nursing Job I Love Because Of Long-Covid'

Tuesday 29 September 2020


From UK newspaper The Telegraph:


Michaila Tyson
Former nurse Michaila Tyson, who is
still suffering the effects of Covid-19.
(CREDIT: Charlotte Graham)

'I had to leave the nursing job I love because of long-Covid'

The recovery process from Covid can go on for months, says a 30-year-old mother of two

By Yolanthe Fawehinmi
25 September 2020
© Telegraph Media Group Limited 2020.

It was on the line of duty, back in April and during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, where nurse Michaila Tyson most likely contracted Covid-19 whilst attending to a patient at Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust.

Fast forward five months and the 30-year-old mother of two is still recovering from its effects and coming to terms with having “long Covid”, the term used to describe people who have had life changing or long term physical symptoms several weeks or months after overcoming the virus.

Although Tyson has overcome the hardest part of the battle, she never could have predicted that the long tail of the disease would force her to resign from a profession she loves.

“The most pronounced symptoms [of long-Covid] have been fatigue and breathlessness,” says Dr Melissa Heightman, a consultant respiratory physician at University College London Hospitals and Whittington Health.

“Some people have problems with dizziness, typically when they stand up and may experience vertigo. Their heart rate could also increase very quickly when they try to be more active, which can make the problem worse if they push themselves too hard."


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