Coronavirus survivor still feels like she's “been hit by a truck” 100 days on

Coronavirus survivors are still battling with symptoms 100 days after contracting the virus with one patient saying she feels like she has “been hit by a truck.” People recovering from the virus continue to suffer from extreme tiredness, aching joints, breathing problems and even hair loss as lockdown measures ease across most of the UK. As the global death toll reaches 600,000, those who survived deadly coronavirus suffer debilitating symptoms 100 days on.

Survivors told the Birmingham Mail of their experiences, with the Midlands once one of the worst-hit regions outside London. Mandy Harding, who suffered from the virus for two months from April, said: “I’m 34 and otherwise healthy. Still now feel so weak and tired and can’t do exercise.

A paramedic holds a blood sample during an antibody test

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“Still feel like I’ve been hit by a truck.

Will this feeling ever go?” Mum Sophie Moody, 25, and her partner Zac Brown, 24, both suffered Covid-19 symptoms in May. By the time they were tested, their results were negative but they continued to suffer from a tight chest, fatigue and breathlessness.

Sophie said: “99 per cent certain myself & my partner had it earlier this year. “Once symptoms had cleared, I got a test and was negative.

Coronavirus survivor still feels like she's Mum-of-one Sophie Moody, 25, and partner Zac Brown, 24, are both still suffering from tight chests

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“That was back in May, however we both still suffer from sharp chest pain, pins and needles, tight chest, fatigue and breathlessness. “Makes you think you’re going crazy.”

Another persisting symptom was a lack of smell or taste which seemed to affect Covid-19 sufferers even after recovery. Matt Jones described his symptoms as mild at the start of April but his sense of smell was still yet to return three months after recovery.

Coronavirus survivor still feels like she's Matt Jones, 34, whose sense of smell still hasn’t returned after suffering a mild case of Covid-19

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Susan Brennan Adams, who had a similar experience, said: “I had loss of smell and taste, very achy and tired mid March. “Still haven’t got taste and smell back to normal.”

Some survivors said they even lost their hair weeks after testing positive for coronavirus, while others still couldn’t shake their persistent cough. Samantha Bygrave, who was infected in March, said: “I still get extreme tiredness and have lost a lot of hair.” Anne-Marie Townsend added: “I was hospitalised with Covid end of March, then had two bouts of pneumonia.

“Past couple of weeks losing lots of hair.”

Coronavirus survivor still feels like she's Susan Brennan Adams says she has still not regained her sense of smell after she contracted Covid-19

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Others who have beaten the virus told of head fog, joint pain and exhaustion as their immune systems continued to combat the virus. Adrian Bromley said: “I have problems breathing when I get too busy, just come to a stand still. Also can’t get rid of this cough.”

Suzanne Cleverley Smith said: “Me and my husband are really struggling with little support from doctors.

“It’s causing us great problems with breathing, joint pain, weakness and exhaustion.

Sue Bennison added: “Tested positive five weeks ago and still suffering fatigue and head fog.”

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