Long Covid patients are still battling the virus as the third anniversary of infection approaches

Long Covid patients are still battling the virus as the third anniversary of infection approaches
Infected patients at the end of 2019, included (from left to right) sheren Gaulbert, Nic Mitchell and Kirsty Stanley have faced a roller coaster of symptoms ever since.

Some of the UK’s earliest long-term Covid patients are still battling the condition nearly three years after first being infected.

Metro.co.uk has spoken to a number of people who believe they were sick with coronavirus in late 2019 or early 2020, and while some have partially recovered, most are still living with a range of debilitating symptoms that make their daily lives difficult.

There is better news for him. Singing teacher who may be the UK’s worst sufferer of Covidafter presenting symptoms on December 17, 2019.

The 66-year-old grandmother, who wishes to remain anonymous, feels ‘much, much better’ than she did six months ago.

But others are “continually plagued by little infections” and exhaustion, while one patient has found her experience so horrible that she doesn’t want to relive the trauma by discussing it.

Most people fully recover from Covid-19, often very quickly, but a significant minority report symptoms that last for months, and Metro.co.uk previously highlighted the plight of childrenyoung adults and people struggling to return to work.

The nightmare is far from over for some patients, with the third anniversary of their illness on the horizon next month.

There is widespread uncertainty as to when, if ever, they could fully return to health.

Nic first had symptoms on Christmas Day 2019

Nic Mitchell, who first had symptoms on Christmas Day 2019, now says there have been some improvements in his condition after “aging 20 years” in his first 18 months living with the disease.

The media marketing consultant explained: ‘[I] I persuaded my GP to prescribe the pharmaceuticals I had researched and [they are] definitely helping

‘I feel 50% better than two months ago on my new medication, still 60% overall [compared with] pre-Covid.’

Nic, who was so ill it took her a year and a half to walk her dogs around the park, has battled a series of horrific health issues, loneliness and misdiagnosis since spending the night at Gatwick airport on December 22. .

She believes she came into contact with travelers from Wuhan there.

Nic says his kidney problems, rheumatoid arthritis, and hair loss have gotten worse recently.

It took 18 months for him to walk his dogs in the local park again.

But he’s breathing better, he has fewer migraines, and about half of his sense of taste and smell are back, on and off.

The 55-year-old now lists mobility problems, mental fogginess, fatigue and joint pain as her most pronounced day-to-day problems, but says she is “continually plagued by small infections” including a recent one in her eye.

Metro.co.uk is only aware of the singing teacher and another long Covid patient who they believe were infected before Nic.

“I was literally never sick until I had Covid,” explains the anonymous teacher.

“I’m pretty sure all the symptoms come from Covid from that point on.”

The Stockport local has suffered from throat problems, among various other problems, which have prevented her from teaching or being able to sing to her grandchildren.


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She continued: ‘When I asked if I would ever be able to sing again, I was told that since it had been over two years, it was unlikely. They told me that there was no cure, that there was no treatment and that she would have to put up with it.

After that, she read about prolonged Covid, changed her diet, and bought products that other patients suggested might help.

And, since last week, he says: ‘I feel pretty good.

“Just a little tired at times and not much energy, but much, much better than six months ago.”

Three weeks ago, one of the larger studios to date on the long-term effects of Covid revealed that 42% of people felt only partially recovered six to 18 months after being infected.

One of them is Helen Oakleigh, who previously told Metro.co.uk about flying to Wuhan on January 1, 2020, in a short time, Covid left her very disabled and she saw that her hair was falling out.

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Helen Oakleigh has found the disease very traumatic.

Nearly a year after he last spoke to us, he says he doesn’t want to talk about the traumatic moment again.

However, the formerly fit and healthy thirty-something recently appeared on Question Time and made an impassioned plea for more support from the government and experts.

Having arrived in a wheelchair, he claimed that some patients are committing suicide after being unable to cope.

Metro.co.uk is still unable to contact Mike Raven, who told us in July 2021 about his exhaustion, back pain and shortness of breath 18 months after a suspected Covid infection, in January 2020.

The condition of the formerly active gardener and golfer, who was 77 the last time we talked to himis unknown.

Fellow victim Kirsty Stanley, from Poole, Dorset, says she is still “up and down” after an alleged Covid infection just after Christmas 2019.

Kirsty, seen here with her dog Eric, remains ‘up and down’

In January, the self-employed occupational therapist explained how she felt her underlying health problems had contributed to the severity of her symptoms.

They included persistent cough, shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, fatigue, mental confusion, tinnitus and joint pain, all of which worsened over the 44-year period.

Other patients are now facing new problems after being re-infected with the virus.

Sheren Gaulbert, who fell ill shortly before Kirsty, before Christmas 2019, had a major setback at around 26 months.

The 47-year-old Londoner, who now lives in Torquay, said in recent weeks that her hemiplegic migraines had worsened, as had the numbness and ‘fizz’ sensation on the left side of her head.

Sheren, pain specialist, described his experience after two years in a Metro.co.uk articleand now explains that he had had longer periods of feeling better, with fewer relapses and symptom relief.

Sheren, 47, suffered a major setback after 26 months (Image: Sheren Gaulbert)

But, in March 2022, she was infected again, before being attacked by another virus the following month and then contracting covid again in July.

“It was so mild that I didn’t suspect it was Covid until the end,” he explained.

“A week later, prolonged Covid symptoms returned, including sudden brain fog and fatigue that I had only experienced at that level in early 2020.

‘It was a setback. Several of the original Covid symptoms have returned, although they appear to be more acute and short-lived.

Claire Hastie, founder of the Long Covid Support group, told Metro.co.uk: “As some people approach their third anniversary since their initial Covid infection, some have found ways to learn to live with their symptoms or have seen improvements, while others are as sick as ever or even their health has worsened.

“Re-infection complicates things, and our research shows the impact this can have on people with prolonged covid.”

The group says that less than 30% of long-term Covid patients were satisfied with the clinic they attended.

Calling for investment in ‘clean indoor air’, Claire added: ‘The best way to prevent covid for a long time remains to prevent covid, and it’s heartbreaking to see requests to join our support group from people who had recovered from infections. above only to develop the condition with subsequent infections.’

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