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Ada got Covid in early 2020 and began showing signs of Long Covid, which she thinks were exacerbated after getting her vaccine in June 2021. Each time she has had a vaccine, her symptoms get worse. Ada feels as if…

  • Background

    Ada and her husband have three young children (A ten-year-old daughter and two boys). Her husband is a tutor and Ada looks after their children and is heavily involved in...

  • Age at interview 34
  • Hazeem

    Hazeem had Covid in August 2021 and spent three days in hospital. An ECG detected an abnormal heart rhythm, and he was diagnosed with Brugada syndrome (the condition affects the way electrical signals pass through the heart and it can…

  • Background

    Hazeem is married with a young son. He had Covid in 2021. He is currently unemployed and looking at what else he can do for work since failing a medical...

  • Diane

    Diane, her husband, and their youngest daughter had Covid during the Delta variant in early December 2021. At the time, their two older children did not have any symptoms and had a negative PCR test. Diane and her husband had…

  • Background

    Diane works in higher education and has three school-aged children. Diane, her husband, and their youngest daughter had the Delta variant of Covid. Ethnicity: Indian.

  • 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
  • Richard

    Richard and his family caught Covid in March 2020. He and his son have suffered from multiple and very debilitating symptoms in remitting and relapsing waves for almost two years, including chest pain, insomnia, brain fog, and fatigue. Even though…

  • Background

    Richard is a Locum GP, married with two children a son (13 years) and a daughter (11 years). Ethnicity: White British.

  • Age at interview 49
  • Callum

    Callum caught Covid at the start of the pandemic in March 2020 and has moved back to his family home. Although he is still very much affected more than two years on, he has gradually found ways to deal with…

  • Background

    Callum previously lived alone but has moved back to his parent’s home since developing Long Covid. He used to work as a mechanical engineer but has changed careers since his...

  • Age at interview 30
  • Rebekah

    Rebekah developed Covid symptoms when schools shut in March 2020, and developed more severe symptoms a week later. She feels that long Covid and other conditions associated with chronic fatigue should be treated more seriously. Rebekah was interviewed in May…

  • Background

    Rebekah is a 48-year-old teacher living with her teenage son and daughter. Her husband died during the pandemic. Ethnicity: White British.

  • Age at interview 48
  • Xanthe

    When Xanthe had Covid in early 2021, it felt like very bad flu. For the first three months after her Covid infection, Xanthe had fatigue, burning pain in her legs, persistent headache, dizziness, weight loss and brain fog. She had…

  • Background

    Xanthe lives with her parents and works part-time as a specialist psychotherapist for children and young people. She has recently completed her Master’s degree. Ethnic background: Greek Cypriot

  • Age at interview 26
  • Paul

    Paul caught Covid at the end of March 2020 and two years on is still suffering ongoing symptoms, with limited mobility, muscle fasciculation, extreme fatigue, brain fog and post-exertional malaise (PEM) (the worsening of symptoms following even minor physical or…

  • Background

    Paul is a senior manager at a university and lives with his wife and 10-year-old daughter. Ethnic background: White British.

  • Age at interview 46
  • Lily

    Lily developed Covid symptoms in January 2020 after a “mad 18 months” working in elderly care but didn’t think it was Long Covid until much later. Lily has been worried about her Long Covid disrupting her daughter’s life. Lily was…

  • Background

    Lily is a 34-year-old geriatric doctor living with her husband and 4-year-old daughter. Ethnicity: White English.

  • Age at interview 34