'I'm struggling to hold on to hope': What it's like living with long Covid

What is long Covid?

Symptoms of long Covid, according to the NHS:

  • Joint pain
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Tinnitus, earaches
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Heart palpitations
  • Dizziness
  • Pins and needles
  • Feeling sick, stomach aches, diarrhoea, loss of appetite
  • A high temperature, sore throat, headaches, cough, changes to sense of smell or taste
  • Rashes
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Problems with memory and concentration (“brain fog”)

Why do some people get long Covid and not others?

What it’s like to have long Covid

As I realised I wasn’t getting better, my mental health deteriorated

I could read one fiction book a week before I had Covid-19. When things are bad, I can barely pay attention to ten minutes of TV.

Some days, it feels like an effort just holding up the TV remote for a moment

What can you do to feel better if you’re suffering from long Covid?

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