Long Covid victim, 27, left so exhausted she can’t lift cup of tea 7 months on
While the second wave of coronavirus appears to be resulting in fewer fatalities than the first, the devastating Long Covid phenomenon is blighting an increasing number of peoples’ lives.
Rosa Fisher says she has been left bedridden by extreme fatigue after battling the killer disease for seven months.
The 27-year-old actress has been forced to move back home with her parents and is no longer able to work or exercise.
Rosa said: “I’m just constantly exhausted. I haven’t been able to work in months and half of the time I struggle to get out of bed.
“I used to be so active and was constantly flitting around London at 100mph. Now, walking up the stairs leaves me out of breath.”
She even said, on occasions, her muscles have felt so weak she can't even pick up a cup of tea.
But Rosa found it difficult to convince doctors that her Long Covid symptoms were real. “For months I felt like I was going crazy,” she told the Mirror.
“Doctors couldn’t understand why I was getting symptoms for so long and I felt like no one believed me.
“I’m relieved that it’s finally being validated now.
“It had a huge effect on me mentally, and for Long Covid to be validated gives me hope that I’m going to get the treatment I need.”
Recent estimates suggest that around 10% of Covid-19 patients may still be experiencing symptoms more than three weeks after their first positive test. As many as 60,000 people across the UK could be suffering from Long Covid symptoms three months later.
The NHS’s chief executive, Sir Simon Stevens, has announced a new network of Long Covid wards providing “joined-up care for physical and mental health.”
While Rosa welcomes the proposed Long Covid wards and facilities, she feels let down by the lengthy wait she and thousands of others have had to endure.
“I think the funding from the Government has come too late,” she said. “My confidence in them is pretty low."
She said that, seven months on, she still suffers dizziness and a "weird burning skin condition" and says it's "too little too late" from the Government.
“Just having a shower and getting dressed makes me want to crawl back into bed,” she added.
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