Long term impact

Long term impact

Some people who talk about their experience of Covid-19 say they have fully recovered. For others the effects of the virus can be felt for weeks afterwards. Fatigue and shortness of breath are mentioned by many people.

Helen told us
“I still don’t feel able to go for a run 3 weeks later but I’m back to work.”

Julie says

“I cannot walk for long, simply because I will feel a little bit short of breath and I feel the need to sit down.” Read full story

Jenny, 59, is still suffering from fatigue 3 weeks after her symptoms started. She has to stop to catch her breath while walking through her village. Read full story

Covid-19 ‘relapses’

Some people kept thinking they were better, only to get symptoms again a few days later.

Another “Jenny” says that she keeps thinking she has gotten over Covid-19 because she feels well for several days. However she then gets worse again.

“I still don’t feel better because a few days ago I started shivering, like I got a chill somehow,” Read full story

51-year-old “Alice” was still having symptoms come and go more than 50 days after she first got ill. She went back to work and then relapsed and went to A&E:

“It is like a storm. One day you can have zero symptoms … then it will just go crazy and as quickly as it hits you it can go.” Read full story

Lauren, 32, is in a similar situation; still having Covid-19 symptoms come back again more than 50 days after the first symptoms appeared.

“My biggest concern is that there is little visibility into the reality of what recovery truly looks like, as recovery from a medical perspective simply means that the patient ‘did not die’ and simply does not capture the lingering and painful symptoms that the Covid-19 recovery road truly entails for some or many,”

Recovery after being in Hospital with coronavirus

Dr David Hepburn, an intensive care consultant at the Royal Gwent hospital in Newport explains that patients coming out of intensive care often face a long recovery. He says on Twitter:
“If you end up on ITU [intensive therapy unit] it’s a life-changing experience. It carries a huge cost even if you do get better. As our patients wake up, they are so weak they can’t sit unaided, many can’t lift their arms off the bed due to profound weakness. They need to be taught to walk again, breathe again, and have problems with speech and swallowing.”

Faiz, 24, spent 5 days in intensive care (but not on a ventilator) and says

“When I get up and go to the bathroom or go to the garden, especially when I have a shower, I get really breathless afterwards. The doctors gave me exercises to utilise the whole of my lungs. They didn’t give me any timeframe [for getting better].” Read full story