THOUSANDS of Brits say they have been left suffering from crippling symptoms long after recovering from coronavirus.
Those with so-called long Covid have reported breathlessness, chronic fatigue and brain fog – months after initially falling ill.
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According to data from the Covid Symptom Study app, which was analysed by King’s College London researchers, up to 60,000 people in the UK are likely to be suffering with long-term symptoms after contracting coronavirus.
Co-leading scientist for the post-hospitalisation Covid-19 study Dr Rachel Evans said many people had been put out of work because they are unable to carry out their usual daily tasks, due to the lingering after-effects.
It comes as experts from the National Institute for Health Research warn long Covid is not one single condition, but could actually be four different syndromes.
Earlier this month, a group of doctors affected by long Covid called for an action plan in tackling the long-term health effects of the virus.
A letter signed by 39 doctors said there was an “emerging picture” that long-term symptoms of the virus were having a substantial impact on a significant minority of people.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has acknowledged that long Covid exists and said that work “is being done on it”.
With as many as 60,000 people thought to have long Covid, it’s unsurprising that support groups have started to emerge on social media.
One known as the Post Covid Syndrome Group now has 3,000 members from more than 60 countries.
Group founder Claire Hastie told the Mirror: “People are experiencing so many symptoms – we’ve counted 172.
“GPs aren’t believing them, they say they’re making it up.
“Employers have no idea what these people are going through either.”
Here, she has shared the full list of 172 symptoms of long Covid reported by members of the group…
- Violent seizures
- Violent shaking
- Vibrations inside the body
- Twitching of fingers/thumbs
- Nightime weird sensations eg, feeling frightened
- Brain fog
- Numbness in extremities: fingertips
- Scaly skin
- Itchy skin
- Livedo reticularis
- Red marks appearing under skin
- Dry skin
- Skin ageing
- Weird lumps appearing on skin
- Circles/lumps appearing on feet
- Heart racing
- Heart stabbing pain
- Heart palpitations
- Loss of smell
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of taste
- Hearing Strange sounds at night
- Flashing lights in the eyes
- Shadows in corner of eyes
- Buzzing of ears
- Popping of ears
- Excessive thirst
- Disruption to menstrual cycle
- Muscle pain
- Lower Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Neck pain
- Swollen glands
- Hair loss (men and women)
- Severe cramping
Lung /Respiratory Function
- Lung bruising
- Chest tightness
- Lung pressure
- Asthmatic exacerbation
- Coughing when lying down.
- Clear mucus producing cough
- Blood clots
- Anxiety (being over prescribed/labelled by medics)
- Demoralisation (due to not being believed)
- Feelings of sadness