For Some Survivors, No End in Sight

“Long-hauler” Jenny Judge wears a heart monitor outside her home in southeast England on July 8, 2020 Image: Glyn Lyn Kirk/AFP/Getty
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“Long-hauler” Jenny Judge wears a heart monitor outside her home in southeast England on July 8, 2020 Image: Glyn Lyn Kirk/AFP/Getty

“Long COVID”—in which symptoms drag on for more than 3 months—afflicts up to 60,000 people in the UK, The Guardian reports.

Around 300,000 people report symptoms—some mild, some so intense the simplest task leaves people bedridden—that drag on more than a month to the COVID symptom study run by Tim Spector, a genetic epidemiology professor at King’s College London.

The UK’s Royal College of GPs has called for a national network of clinics to provide long-term care to survivors.

That care should include mental health care—a point a New York Times piece on the long-haulers drives home.

On top of the anxiety and depression affecting many people during the pandemic: Long-term survivors also must find medical services; manage disruptions to their work, social, and exercise routines; and deal with the frustration of not being believed.

Many are finding comfort in support groups like Body Politic and Survivor Corps.

“We can’t all be collectively hallucinating the same symptoms,” says Angela Vázquez, a COVID-19 patient.

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