Covid has completely changed my life

This week, we're talking with a number of people who have had Covid. They've been telling us how Covid is still affecting them more than three months later.
Effect of Long Covid

Leanne is 48 and lives in Medway. She got Covid right at the beginning of December but thankfully didn't need to go to hospital. Three months later, she is still struggling.

She told us how it felt to have Covid, alone at home.

"I had a fever that lasted three days. My whole body hurt and I was so exhausted I was bed bound for 10 days. The dry cough made me feel like I was suffocating. Even going to the toilet left me gasping for breath. I just laid there with silent tears falling down my cheeks. It sounds dramatic, but that's what Covid did to me."

I was so scared

"On day two, I rang the ambulance as I was so scared. They checked my lung function and it was 98% - practically perfect yet I was struggling to breathe! I can’t imagine the poor people that had it worse as I’d never felt so bad in my life."

Three months on and I am still struggling

"I still can’t breathe properly and my bones hurt.  I have hair loss, dizzy spells, and I feel nauseous all the time. I've got digestive issues and any physical activity like getting dressed leaves me exhausted.

My legs feel like lead and I can’t breathe. The brain fog is awful and work leaves me crippled.

Covid has completely changed my life. I’m broken. 
— Leanne

I've tried to get a GP appointment

"It's so hard to get through and then they say they will call you back. I waited in all day and then missed it when I went to the toilet. They don't ring back. When I did eventually speak to them, they didn't have a clue. They labelled it as Long Covid and left me to it."

I feel like a prisoner in my own body

"Twelve weeks on and I'm no better. I'm struggling to work and I'm worried I'll lose my job. My mental health has spiraled and I feel like a prisoner in my own body. It's a very lonely illness."

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