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Laurie caught Covid early in the pandemic, which then developed into long Covid. The worst symptom for her was brain fog, which interrupted her ability to work. When she had her first vaccine this helped with her Long Covid symptoms.

  • Background

    Laurie is 59 years old and is White American. She is married with two children and is a professor of music and a musician.

  • Age at interview 59
  • Christian

    Christian described his symptoms as “incredibly mild” when he caught Covid in March 2020. As time went by he became less and less “capable and able” and by the summer he had breathlessness and fatigue. An antibody test in June…

  • Background

    Christian is married with a 16-month year old daughter. He was working as a primary school teacher in March 2020 when he caught Covid.

  • Age at interview 28
  • Claire

    Claire and her sons caught Covid in March 2020. Her oldest son had alarmingly purple/blackening toes for many months but thankfully felt fine, while Claire was badly affected after five days, and both the twins were unwell. Claire and her…

  • Background

    Claire works part time in consultancy. Claire lives with her three sons – twins aged 12 years and a 17-year-old.

  • Age at interview 49
  • Michael

    Michael began to have Long Covid symptoms after May 2020. He has since had to return home from university and suspend his studies. It was not until he saw a cardiologist that specialised in PoTS did Michael get medication that…

  • Background

    Michael is 22 years old and lives with his parents. His mother also has Long Covid.

  • Age at interview 22
  • Michelle

    In March 2020, Michelle and her family caught Covid on a cruise ship off Australia where 30 people died after catching Covid. Michelle and her son were both very ill with Covid once they returned to the UK; however, her…

  • Background

    Michelle and her wife (Lindsey) were both teachers who have a young son who was two at the start of the pandemic (now 4). Michelle has three older boys from...

  • Age at interview 50
  • Gerda

    Gerda became ill in the early days of the national lockdown in March 2020. She wasn’t tested until three months later, and both that and an antigen test came back negative. She was initially very poorly with fatigue, breathing and…

  • Background

    Gerda is a yoga teacher with two children, aged 8 and 13. Ethnic background: White British.

  • Age at interview 43
  • Sara

    Sara developed Covid symptoms in March 2020 around the same time as her husband and daughter. While her husband bounced back, Sara and her daughter didn’t recover for a long time. Sara didn’t feel listened to by health professionals and…

  • Background

    Sara is a 39-year-old researcher living with her husband, 8-year-old daughter, and 6-year-old son.

  • Age at interview 39
  • Poppy

    Poppy developed Covid symptoms in late April 2020, but they got worse around September. Poppy has previously recovered from ME over 20 years ago and is optimistic about recovering from Long Covid too, but she doesn’t know when. Poppy was…

  • Background

    Poppy is a 57-year-old freight train driver living with her husband, and teenage son. Ethnicity: White English.

  • Age at interview 57
  • Lucy

    Lucy became unwell in March 2020, when she began experiencing a fever, shallow breathing and gastrointestinal (stomach) issues. Due to her symptoms, she had to seek medical help and return home to live with her mother. Lucy was interviewed in…

  • Background

    Lucy is 32 years old and a sign language interpreter. She had to return home to live with her mother after her symptoms made it difficult to live independently. Ethnicity:...

  • Age at interview 32
  • Zubair

    Zubair had Covid in March 2020. He had mild symptoms of fever, loss of smell, and a temperature. Since then his health has deteriorated. He has muscle pain at night, some hearing loss, and a change in his eyesight. The…

  • Background

    Zubair is married with one son. He works in local government and volunteers as a Covid Health Champion for his local Public Health team and at his community foodbank. Ethnic...

  • Age at interview 47