In October 2020, three UK doctors shared with us their devastating personal experiences of COVID-19’s bizarre and disabling symptoms even months after they were first infected.
Natasha follows up with each nearly a year on, and as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson controversially lifts all pandemic restrictions in England.
What they have to say about life with ‘long COVID’ and what’s happened since is extraordinary … and shocking.
Long COVID doesn’t discriminate. Healthy people. Young people. Those who apparently had a mild case of COVID-19.
Are we facing another pandemic … this one silent, confusing, and harder to diagnose? And, vaccines might minimise hospitalisations but will they stop long COVID?
Listen to part 1 here
Read a feature by Natasha Mitchell about the three doctors here
Dr Ian Frayling
Consulting genetic pathologist and medical practitioner
President, Association of Clinical Pathologists
St. Mark’s Hospital, London and St. Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin, Ireland
Dr Nathalie MacDermott
Paediatric infectious diseases doctor
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Paediatrics (Infectious Diseases)
Kings College London
Dr Amy Small
Covid Symptom Study
Prevalence of ongoing symptoms following coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in the UK: 1 July 2021
Characterizing long COVID in an international cohort: 7 months of symptoms and their impact
Cerebral Venous Thrombosis Associated with COVID-19 Infection: An Observational, Multicenter Study (2021)
Diverse functional autoantibodies in patients with COVID-19
Antibody Response to SARS-CoV-2 is Associated with Long-term Clinical Outcome in Patients with COVID-19: a Longitudinal Study (July 2021)
Post-covid syndrome in individuals admitted to hospital with covid-19: retrospective cohort study (March 2021)
The impact of COVID vaccination on symptoms of Long Covid. An international survey of 900 people with lived experience (non peer reviewed, May 2021)
Learning from doctors with long COVID (February, 2021)
Coronavirus data UK
Coronavirus Infection Survey (UK, ongoing)
Covid-19 Breakthrough Infections in Vaccinated Health Care Workers (July 2021)
Body Politic COVID-19 Support Group