The Guardian’s senior international correspondent, Luke Harding, was struck down with symptoms in March that were being increasingly reported throughout the country. He had a shortness of breath and chest pains, and although he was unable to get a test he was certain it was Covid-19. Five months later, he tells Mythili Rao, he is still suffering.
It’s a growing issue. Hundreds of people are forming online communities to discuss myriad long-term symptoms, from headaches and digestion issues to nerve damage and searing lung pain. Paul Garner, a professor from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine describes his own long-haul Covid-19 experience and how a blog post for the British Medical Journal led dozens of people to approach him. One of them was Iulia Hammond, a junior doctor still not back at work five months after first developing Covid-19 symptoms.