Millions of people in the UK are currently said to be suffering from Long Covid in some form. This can affect people in vastly different ways, with some people reporting feeling tired and dizzy
For many people, Covid comes with a few days of nasty symptoms that leave people feeling under the weather, and then goes away again.
However, some people have been experiencing some strange lingering symptoms for weeks after having the virus, known as Long Covid.
There have been more than 175,000 deaths due to coronavirus in the UK, leading to several lockdowns and restrictions to our everyday lives, like mask-wearing and social distancing.
With an end to restrictions and a vaccine program in place, it may seem that for most people the pandemic is no longer anything to worry about.
For others, symptoms have stayed around and they are still suffering the effects.
Does Covid affect you after you test negative?
Covid can continue to affect you in certain ways even after a person has had the virus. Some people have reported strange lingering symptoms like headaches and feeling as though their head is being pressured.
Chiara Rinaldi, 38, told Wales Online she felt weak on one side of her body and that this would come and go. The occasional dizzy spell was also thrown in with the infamous ‘brain fog’ also a factor.
Brain fog is when a person has problems with their memory or concentration and this is recognized as a symptom of Long Covid.
Claire said: “It was hard to put into words how I was feeling – I had a weakness on one side of my body that would come and go, dizzy spells and brain fog that left me unable to remember that I started making a cup of tea.”
“I thought maybe it was a deficiency or perhaps anaemia, but the GP found a water infection. The next day I woke up with chest pains and ended up in hospital for tests but it was all clear and put down to costochondritis, when you get sharp pain from inflammation of the sternum – common after an infection.”
Eventually, Chiara tested positive for Covid, but has continued to suffer with tiredness.
What is Long Covid?
Lingering symptoms of Covid-19, long after the patient has tested negative for the virus, are described as Long Covid.
Details of it are continuing to emerge so there is no definition currently agreed upon worldwide. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) describes it as happening three months after a Covid-19 diagnosis. There are then at least two months of symptoms that can’t be explained by another diagnosis.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that up to 1.5 million people in the UK could be suffering from it.
Symptoms of Long Covid include:
- Brain fog, difficulty concentrating or memory issues
- Chest bread
- Bread seal
- Muscle bread
- shortness of breath
- Loss of smell or taste
- persistent coughing
- A rapid heartbeat
- Difficulty sleeping
- Mental health issues, including anxiety and depression