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Long Covid: 'I Don't Have A Life, I Currently Have An Existence'

Sunday 18 October 2020


From BBC News:


Annette Shelford
Annette Shelford says people like her
feel they are being ignored.
(Photo: Annette Shelford)

Long Covid: 'I don’t have a life, I currently have an existence'

By Nicola Haseler
BBC Look East
29 September 2020
© 2020 BBC.

A woman being treated for chronic fatigue after having presumed Covid-19 has called for urgent research into the impact of the virus.

Annette Shelford, 48, from Cambridge, had two weeks of "non-stop pain" after a fever in March and said she had suffered severe problems ever since.

"We urgently need recognition, research and rehab for people like me who are still struggling," she said.

The government said it recognised the impact of Covid-19 on long-term health.

Ms Shelford, a former fitness instructor, said after developing symptoms she followed government advice, self-isolated for two weeks, and did not call the doctor or NHS 111.

A day later, her symptoms returned.

"It was like being hit by a steam-roller. All the pain came back, with new symptoms, and it's been a journey like that for the past six months," she said.

She was not able to confirm it was coronavirus as it was before mass testing was available, but said doctors who had been treating her were referring to her illness as post-Covid.


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