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Sharifa developed Covid symptoms in 2021, and realised that she was feeling even worse after coming out of self-isolation. Sharifa lost her husband to Covid, and some of her daughters also have Long Covid. Sharifa was interviewed in July 2022.

  • Background

    Sharifa is a 48-year-old widow living with her seven daughters aged 27, 23, 21, 17, 16, 14 and 11, some of whom also have Long Covid. Ethnicity: British Pakistani.

  • Age at interview 48
  • Danie

    Danie’s family caught Covid in February 2022. The children’s symptoms were pretty mild, and “after a day they were fine and back to normal.” One month later, however, Danie says that they noticed a mark on their daughter’s leg, which…

  • Background

    Danie is self-employed, married and has two children: a son aged two and a daughter aged six. Ethnicity: Black Caribbean.

  • Age at interview 38
  • Maryam

    Maryam’s whole household fell ill with Covid around November or December 2021. She tells us that her son was the first to become ill with Covid symptoms, with the rest of the family getting sick a few days afterwards. Everybody…

  • Background

    Maryam is her 30’s and a self-employed fitness instructor. She and her husband have four children between the ages of 7 to 13 years old. Ethnicity: British Pakistani.

  • Jana

    Jana and her husband have two sons and a daughter; their elder son is doing GCSEs and their daughter her AS Levels. All three children caught Covid in September 2021, but her husband did not get sick. After recovery, all…

  • Background

    Jana lives with her husband and three children. Jana works full time in an office; her husband lost his job during the pandemic and now stays at home caring for...

  • Age at interview 50
  • Emma B

    Emma’s 11-year-old daughter, Freya, caught Covid in October 2021. She had a range of symptoms and still experiences severe fatigue, headache, and backache. For Emma the experience has been scary, but healthcare providers have been kind overall. Emma said that…

  • Background

    Emma lives with her partner and two daughters and works in the education sector. Ethnicity: White British.

  • Age at interview 39
  • Sasha

    Sasha’s daughter has been extremely unwell with a range of symptoms, including chest pain, left arm weakness, extreme sensory sensitivity, a rash, brain fog, loss of taste and smell, and inability to eat. Sasha has been providing her daughter with…

  • Background

    Sasha’s daughter is 10. She caught Covid in October 2021. Sasha has two other younger children and lives with her husband. She describes her ethnicity as White.

  • Age at interview 40
  • Beth

    Beth’s primary school age daughter was “quite poorly” with Covid in March 2021, experiencing fatigue, breathlessness, and persistent coughing. She developed a secondary infection in her lungs and spent six months going back and forwards to the GP with repeated…

  • Background

    Beth and her husband have two daughters and live on the Isle of Man. Their primary school-aged daughter caught Covid in March 2021 and is being treated for Long Covid...

  • Age at interview 36
  • Lindsey

    Lindsey, her wife and child caught Covid while on a cruise ship in Australia in March 2020. On returning home to the UK, Lindsey experienced fatigue and a burning sensation at the back of her nose for two or three…

  • Background

    Lindsey was a teacher and lives with her wife and four-year-old son, who was two years old when all three of them had Covid at the start of the pandemic...

  • Age at interview 41
  • Emma A

    Emma’s elder daughter developed leg pain (in her hips, knees, and ankles) a couple of weeks after having Covid in January 2022. Tests have not shown any cause for her pain, but Emma believes it may be due to reactive…

  • Background

    Emma is a part-time lecturer, married, with two daughters aged 8 and 10. Ethnicity: White British.

  • Age at interview 42
  • Deidre

    Deidre’s daughter caught Covid in November 2021. She lost her sense of taste and smell throughout her Covid infection and found eating difficult – her sense of taste and smell has still not returned four months on, and she has…

  • Background

    Deidre is married with 6 children aged 23, 21, 19, 10, 9 and 5. Deidre is a child minder who runs her own business with three staff, and her husband...