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Living With Long COVID: What Happens When Coronavirus Just Won't Go Away

Thursday 5 November 2020


From Cosmopolitan:


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Living with Long COVID: What happens when coronavirus just won't go away

As the pandemic rolls on, more and more people - especially the young - are finding that their coronavirus symptoms won't budge.

By Catriona Harvey-Jenner
October 20, 2020
©2020 Hearst UK.

As the teacher on the screen contorted her body into an effortless downward dog, Claire crumpled, despondent, into a motionless heap on the floor. Fifteen minutes into her online yoga class, and she was defeated. Her body - one that had been strong, resilient, able just months before – could no longer do the things she wanted it to do. It felt like it was failing her.

Confirmed cases of coronavirus have recently surpassed 40 million globally, with deaths exceeding one million. Undoubtedly miserable statistics, but one thing they do illustrate is that the vast majority of those who fall ill with COVID-19 go on to make a recovery. As the pandemic rolls on, however, it’s becoming clear that this isn’t always as straight forward as it sounds. Enter: Long COVID, the name medics are giving to the curious cases in which coronavirus patients – usually those who suffered with a mild or moderate case of the bug – just don’t seem to get better.

If estimates made by the COVID Tracker app are accurate, it’s believed that around 12% of UK coronavirus patients suffer symptoms for longer than 30 days. One in 200 report the effects of the virus lasting for more than 90 days. Six months after the pandemic took grip in the UK, I spoke to four young women who are still battling with their symptoms, to find out more about the debilitating condition that’s even puzzling the experts.


One thing that is clear, however, is that a distinct comparison can be drawn to the ongoing effects of Long COVID and ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or CFS). ME/CFS is recognised by the department of health as a “debilitating and distressing neurological condition of unknown origin,” rendering sufferers unable to function ordinarily as a result of extreme tiredness.


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