Patients who simply cannot get rid of Covid-19


David Harris

David interacts with his house through a window

David Harris’s world has shrunk to the scale of his hall.

In the past seven weeks, he has developed signs of Covid-19 which he describes as looking like a bad flu.

It was then that the 42-year-old freelance architect began isolating himself from the Bristol residence he shared with his spouse and child daughter.

After about every week, he started to feel really higher, but two weeks later, his signs returned, which shocked him a lot.

“It was a bit of a mini-saga of a recurring wave of symptoms that I did not expect at all,” he said.

“The second wave was much worse – the same flu symptoms, but also with shortness of breath, and that’s why I was confident it was a coronavirus.

“Then I had two weeks where I thought I was getting higher, I was very exhausted.

“And then at week seven, I relapsed again and had my third wave, luckily much milder but still significant. “

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Working on the idea that it was higher to be protected than sorry, David continued to isolate himself, turning into light clothes on the rare events that he had left the entrance room to go to the bathroom, and consuming and sleeping alone.

His wife was carrying their 10-month-old daughter, Millie, to the entrance room window for David to see by the glass.

The illness left David exhausted and unsure of what would happen next.

“One of the most stressful things is probably trying to figure out when to ask for help.

“You don’t have to harass the NHS because there are clearly people in far worse conditions than me.

“But certainly at my weakest moment I didn’t want to fall into the trap of not asking for help and then something bad happened because you didn’t ask for help.

“When I relapsed for the first time, once I bought worse for the first time, it’s pretty scary expertise because you don’t know if that means you are standing, down, down.

“So it’s pretty scary to make it worse when you thought you were getting better. “

Extreme agony

Felicity, 49, from London, is six weeks away from her restoration after falling ill with Covid-like signs.

But like David, his expertise was not easy.

“I think the hardest part was going through the first 10 days of being very sick and thinking that I was getting better, that things were fine, even worse.


Felicity has had signs for six weeks

“So it was actually during the fifth week of illness that my partner had to call A&E because I was experiencing abdominal pain so horrible that I was just calling in extreme agony.

“It’s so hard to know, is this the work of the virus? Is it the immune system response? Is this a continuous irritation?

“I had no stomach problems before I got sick, but the fifth week was horrible.”

Neither Felicity nor David were tested for Covid-19, but each had been told by doctors that they probably had the virus.

They have also been assured that they are no longer contagious.

But Felicity struggled to get rid of her signs and the weeks of illness wreaked havoc.

“I spend a lot of time in bed trying to recover.

“This comprehensive expertise of being sick and trying to heal has been mentally overwhelming. “

Most recover quickly

Part of the problem is that a lot of things about the coronavirus are unknown, as well as the reason why some people experience relatively mild signs that last for several days, while different completely healthy people fight for weeks.

Dr. Philip Gothard, medical consultant at the London Hospital for Tropical Diseases, says that the vast majority of patients undergo a complete and fairly quick recovery.

“Some will have a persistent cough and we are starting to see patients who have deep fatigue and exhaustion that may last three, four, five or six weeks.

“It is very painful that you are a healthy and healthy person in another case, it is something you are not used to.

“And it is therefore a shock that the recovery is slow and stutters.

“But in many patients with different conditions recovering from an acute illness, you are prone to see this type of waxing and waning impact as you progress slowly and have good days and days unhealthy. “

Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, says data from the Covid Symptom Study app shows that on average, it takes people 12 days to start recovering slowly.

“We also see a wide variety of people reporting signs that can last much longer than that, in some cases for 30 days or more.

“As we collect more data and continue to use machine learning and artificial intelligence, we will soon be able to identify what combination of symptoms and risk factors makes a person more or less likely to suffer from these longer term symptoms. “

David and Felicity each hope they finally recover and can begin to resume a normal life.

But Covid-19, a disease that has only been gone for a few months, continues to surprise us, and none is welcome.


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