United Kingdom | A 27-year-old says he has not recovered from the effects of COVID-19 for six months

Charlie Russell He is 27 years old and is among a large group of people who suffer from what is known as the disease “post COVID-19”, a condition that has been affecting him 182 days after testing positive for coronavirus.

Unlike before, Charlie can’t handle the 3 miles he used to run, can’t go out with his friends, and doesn’t have the ability to work. The worst thing for him is that he doesn’t feel there is an improvement in his symptoms.

“If I had known that I would be so ill, I would have taken this much more seriously in March”, the young man points to The Guardian. “All we knew before is that if you were young, you would have mild symptoms. This is all. Or you could be sick for a couple of weeks, ”he explained.

Today Russell suffers from chest pain, explosive migraines, severe shortness of breath, confusion, exhaustion, and other symptoms that are part of those who suffer from aftermath of COVID-19 long-term.

“We have this terrible idea that young people will be fine and that the main reason why they should not go out is to avoid infecting their grandparents”says Charles Shepherd, a medical advisor to the ME association, who treats chronic fatigue syndrome, and who has had several complaints from patients who continue to show symptoms of the virus after several weeks.

“There is a risk for young people of, perhaps not ending up in a hospital, but leaving them with post-covid syndrome. It will not happen to the majority, but there is a real risk that it will happen to a significant minority ”, added the specialist.

According to the Professor of Epidemiological Genetics at King’s College London, Tim Spector, around 600 thousand people suffer from post-covid symptoms. 13% of them would suffer the sequelae for more than 30 days and one in 200 for more than three months.

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