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Zoya was in her final year at university when she caught Covid at the end of 2020.  She had to take a break in her studies because of her symptoms. She experienced fatigue, aches and pains, loss of taste and…

  • Background

    Zoya is a university student and lives with her parents. Zoya describes her ethnicity as Pakistani.

  • Age at interview 23
  • Faatimah

    Faatimah caught Covid in March 2020 but didn’t have what were then seen as typical Covid symptoms. Initially she thought her fatigue, difficulty falling asleep, changes to her periods, and gastrointestinal issues could be because of the challenges of lockdown.

  • Background

    Faatimah is a university student. She describes her ethnicity as black.

  • Age at interview 20
  • Esther

    Esther’s symptoms continued for about a year and she lost her independence. With support from the GP and the council, with medication and adaptations to the home she is starting to regain her independence. Esther was interviewed in June 2022.

  • Background

    Esther now lives with her daughter, who was present at the interview to translate the questions into Tamil.

  • Frances

    Frances is normally fit, well, active and a very positive person. She caught Covid in April 2020. After two years of having Long Covid, Frances now feels she has completely recovered from it. She feels ‘great’ and is doing all…

  • Background

    Frances is retired but has kept up some work for the NHS. She lives with her husband and has four adult children. She describes her ethnicity as white.

  • John

    Before John became ill, he used to walk in the local park every day. He was found to have Covid when he went to hospital after having a stroke in 2021. Life for John and his wife has really changed…

  • Background

    John is retired. He lives with his partner, who also cares for him. He describes his ethnicity as white.

  • Age at interview 74
  • Susan

    Susan contracted Covid in September 2021. She had asthma as a child and in adulthood has occasionally used inhalers after a cold. Since having Covid she has not been able to go back to work. She is currently taking part…

  • Background

    Susan lives with her husband and has two children, one of whom also has Long Covid. Susan is a teacher. She describes her ethnicity as white.

  • Lynne

    Lynne had mild asthma prior to having Covid but this didn’t worry her because she was generally so fit and healthy. She caught Covid in March 2020 and was too unwell to work for a year. She caught Covid again…

  • Background

    Lynne works part-time as a teacher and lives with her husband and three sons. She describes her ethnicity as white.

  • Ellen

    Ellen had cold or flu-like symptoms before developing chest pain which lasted for months. Before having Covid she was very active, running daily, and on the go all the time. The biggest challenge she still experiences is extreme tiredness. Ellen…

  • Background

    Ellen lives with her husband and their dog. Her son recently moved out and she has a daughter with a disability who she cares for, and a granddaughter. Ellen is...

  • Age at interview 58