A Covid-19 patient – aged just 23 – has revealed she feels older than her gran as she continues her virus battle.
Evie Connell went to the gym around four times a week, worked shifts at a busy supermarket and studied business, before she became infected.
Now she needs help walking 100 metres and says she feels more frail and older than her gran.
After eight months, she is still suffering and is one of an estimated 60,000 people in the UK who have had symptoms for more than three months.
She said: “I’m 23 – I didn’t think I would be like this. It’s not the same life I had before. But I have to accept this has happened.”
So called Long Covid has baffled medical experts. More research is desperately needed if individuals are to claw back their pre-pandemic lives.
Evie’s main symptoms were blurred vision, loss of sense of smell, blue lips, “the worst headache ever”, and intense breathlessness. These all occurred within the first week and most days she slept for 22 hours.
After shaking off some symptoms, she returned to work but seriously struggled.
Evie, from Inverclyde, said: “I managed to finish my studies. But there’s a four-month gap where all I did was work and sleep.
“The doctors eventually told me to pace my recovery. I was signed off and I phoned my mum in tears. I was relieved someone had acknowledged something was wrong with me.
“Although I’m back at uni, I’m still off work now and I don’t know when I’ll be able to go back.”
Evie continues to suffer from debilitating fatigue and a worryingly high heart rate.
Just recently, she had to seek help after struggling to walk from a car park to her university. The incident meant she was referred to cardiology for further assessment. She also still finds it hard to concentrate with intermittent “brain fog”.
She sometimes needs two days in bed to recover.
She says she…