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Roisin Monroe, 46, from Ohio

On March 16th, our office was sent to work from home because we had an employee test positive for Covid. One week after I had a sore throat and body aches. I didn’t think I had Covid because I didn’t have a fever or cough.
   Since then I’ve had fatigue, body aches, dizziness, sore throat, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, burning chest, palpitations, high heart rate, cough, hair loss, numbness, headache, hoarseness, confusion, stutter, tinnitus, tremors, spasms, anxiety and depression.
   My doctor was sympathetic at the start and we thought I had MS or cancer but blood test and head MRI ruled that out. I only realized what I had when I joined the Long Covid Support Group on Facebook. So many were suffering from exactly what I had.
   When I told my doctor of all my symptoms he said I don’t know what’s wrong with you and even if it is Covid there’s no treatment. I recently told him I can’t work anymore and I need him to sign my paperwork to keep my job and he flat out said no. I was in shock. I called the office back and the receptionist that answered told me the doctor already told me he’s not signing it. I could tell the whole office knew my business and I was so humiliated.
   At the moment I am in bed most of the day with fatigue, weakness, numbness, dizziness and I’m trying to find another doctor fast so I don’t lose my job.
   I’ve had a colonoscopy, endoscopy, ENT scope, X-rays, blood work, ER visit and many doctors visits and have refinanced my home to pay all the doctors bills. I want to get back to work so bad but I can’t focus, concentrate or spell or remember words. I have worked from home from March with fatigue, pain, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, diarrhea but my neurological symptoms are bad now and I literally can’t do my job anymore.
   This virus has made me feel so ill, lonely, depressed, put me in debt, I’ve lost friends as they had said I should be glad I’m not dead and can’t believe I’m still sick and I’m on my way to losing my job very soon.
   I’m really trying to stay hopeful and positive but I don’t know how long I can take this.
   I need help!

Ellisha Weldon, 22, from London

I am a mental health nurse and have largely worked throughout the pandemic, including direct care to Covid-positive patients. I was unwell back in February 2020. I assumed I had a cold/flu type illness as Covid wasn't prominent in the UK at that time. I was off for a week and then returned to my job.
   As I was working in the NHS I got offered a Covid antibody test in June which came back positive. Then, in July of 2020, I became very unwell quite suddenly. From going to work one week to being unable to leave my bed in crippling pain the next.
   I have been off work since with severe back pain, fatigue, breathlessness and brain fog.
   Nobody is taking me seriously. I have been off work for months and been begging for support. I find it so hard that I gave my all during the first wave of the pandemic, risking my own health and that of my family, to now have all doors closed on me when I need it the most.
   I had recently moved out of my family home to gain some independence but now I am reliant on the help of family and friends to meet a large amount of my needs.
   How can the NHS be expected to give care and keep the UK well if the front-line staff are not receiving support?
   I feel betrayed.

Dr Ian Frayling says he is suffering with frequent, all-consuming tiredness, along with nausea, irritable bowel syndrome and lack of energy

WalesOnline | 1st October, 2020

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"For many, the symptoms of Covid-19 were mild enough to not require hospital treatment. But for some people, they're still suffering the effects months after contracting the virus."

BBC London News | 30th September, 2020

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"A doctor who was struck down with Covid-19 in March claims more research is desperately needed into the long-term effects of the virus.

Linn Järte, a junior anaesthetist at Morriston Hospital in Swansea, became unwell with a dry cough, shortness of breath and flu-like symptoms in the days before lockdown began."

WalesOnline | 17th September 2020

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"Doctors who contracted COVID, and thought the symptoms would be over in weeks, tell of their continuing pain, exhaustion and – sometimes – struggle to be believed"

The BMA | 6th October, 2020

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"I am living with Long COVID. I am experiencing multi-dimensional and episodic disability, across all dimensions of disability. My primary symptom is fatigue & post-exertion malaise. Along with other symptoms. I want to describe the nature & extent of disability I experience."


Twitter ThreadReader | 09th October, 2020

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“I still have some scarring on my lungs, and I can’t exercise like I used to. Before COVID, I could run for miles. Earlier [in September], I finally got to the point where I could run one mile without stopping,” he said

HuffPost US | 09th October, 2020

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"Roweena Russel, 45, is suffering from chest pains, memory loss and constant fatigue six months after contracting coronavirus"

ChronicleLive | 10th October, 2020

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"In early March, Maria Diaz became one of the first New Yorkers known to have contracted COVID-19. Diaz, who teaches at Brooklyn’s Poly Prep Country Day School, left work on March 3 with a 105-degree fever. Well into the summer, she reported suffering fevers every few days, as well as chronic fatigue."

The City, NYC | 15th September, 2020

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