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What It's Like To Have 'Long Covid' – Six Cases With Very Different Symptoms

Wednesday 14 October 2020

 

From UK newspaper The Telegraph:

 

Covid people
Covid-19 can leave sufferers dealing with long-term
issues even if they've recovered from the virus.
(CREDIT: Telegraph)
 

What it's like to have 'long Covid' — six cases with very different symptoms

Here, we speak to six people who are yet to fully recover from their bout of Covid-19, quietly debilitating symptoms that baffle doctors

By Eleanor Steafel and Luke Mintz
6 October 2020
© Telegraph Media Group Limited 2020.

Many are so fatigued they have barely been able to walk upstairs for months, others still get short of breath from the simplest task, and for some every bite of food that passes their lips tastes of ash.

For the growing number of people diagnosed with what is known as long Covid, living with the after-effects of Covid-19 has been harder than the virus itself. Now, experts say it could turn out to be a bigger public health problem than the excess deaths that have occurred since the start of the pandemic.

Professor Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London and the scientist behind Britain’s symptom-tracking app, says long Covid sufferers could turn out to be the real public health fallout of this period. These so-called “long-haulers”, with quietly debilitating symptoms that baffle doctors and prove difficult or even impossible to treat, have shown that the virus can act like an auto-immune disease in some, affecting multiple parts of the body long after the initial illness subsides. Researchers, along with the health-science company ZOE, tracked data from more than four million people and found that one in 10 sufferers had symptoms of long Covid for a month, while one in 50 were found to be suffering at least three months later.

 

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