Stories

Angela Veiga, 46, from California

first had symptoms on July 3rd. I went to bed with body aches and woke up at 4 am throwing up. That lasted only 4 hours, but the next two weeks would be much worse. Unrelenting diarrhea, loss of taste and smell, shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, racing heart, and the thought in the back of your mind every time I would try to go to sleep, “Will I wake up?”. I wrote letters to my children in case I didn’t.

Assaf Karim, 45, from North East England

I caught Covid-19 in early March for around 10 days. I was told at the time to stay at home and self-isolate so wasn't testedI live alone so it was hard for me to cope.

Sarah Hawksworth, 46, from Kent, UK

caught Covid in early April whilst isolating in a lockdown bubble with my husband and teenage daughter. We are both key workers and own our own professional practice. We set up our staff to work from home and cracked on with it. Masks were only muted as a possibility at that time and I found myself waiting for a prescription in a pharmacy near my office alongside a very young and scared shop worker who was trying to write off the cough and fever as a new hayfever symptom.

Louise Fisher, 53, from North Tyneside, UK

In 2019, I climbed to the top of Scar Fell Pyke, the highest peak in England with my husband and my teenage daughters. In 2020 we planned to climb Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the UK. Sadly, this plan never came to fruition as after contracting Covid 19 in March I am struggling with debilitating symptoms.

Karen Currey, 50, from Doncaster 

I am a maths teacher leading a large department in a comprehensive school in Doncaster. I have no underlying conditions and I have not had a sick day from work in 4 years. I enjoy exercising 3 times a week at HIIT classes and often running 15-20k a week. In 2018 I did the Great North Run.

Paul Henderson, 55, from Edinburgh

I was admitted to the western general hospital in Edinburgh on 24th March at around 15.00. I was in an induced coma by 23.00. Within 24 hours I was on a life support machine in ICU. I was in a coma for 35 days and in ICU for 37 days. 

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.

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.

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

"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