With record-breaking numbers of people testing positive for COVID and the new Omicron variant sweeping the nation, a woman from Little Chalfont has shared her experience of living with long COVID, a lesser talked about consequence of coronavirus.
Little Chalfont resident Jemma Townsend said: “Initially, I had COVID in November 2020 and have suffered from long COVID ever since. Unfortunately, I tested positive for a second time on December 17, 2021.
“COVID pre-vaccine was much worse but long COVID is horrendous. I suffer mainly from fatigue, headaches and migraines, body aches and brain fog. It’s the most debilitating thing I’ve ever had to deal with and I’m 39. I feel I’m missing out on life as unable to do so much. I can barely socialise and I’m home 24/7.
“There is no financial help. I’ve applied for PIP and been turned down. Between Universal credit and my mum’s help, I’ve managed not to get into debt but what happens to people without mum’s like mine. There is a lot of people with long COVID and yet it’s rarely mentioned.”
For more information on long COVID visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/long-term-effects-of-coronavirus-long-covid/