[Image taken from the Liberal Democrat campaign for sufferers of Long Covid].
We know that the after-effects of Covid can be long lasting and very distressing.
Even those who haven’t experienced the distress and trauma of hospitalisation can suffer chest complaints, headaches, fatigue and insomnia months after getting the virus. Lib Dem MP Layla Moran recently described Long Covid as ‘the hidden health crisis within this growing coronavirus pandemic,’ with an estimated 300,000 affected in the UK.
If you or a family member have had Covid and are struggling to recover, the following resources might be helpful. The experience can be traumatic and it is ok to seek help.
The NHS has a useful page outlining the stages of recovery from Covid and where you can get help.
You may find it helpful to talk to others who have been through it. You can find useful links to connect to others via the Covid-19 Survivors’ Group UK website.
Locally, Talking Therapies IAPT NELFT (North East London Foundation Trust) are offering therapy to people adjusting to the effects of Long Covid.
They can provide telephone or video therapy and also have a Covid support module via a computer programme called Silvercloud that can be accessed remotely.
Their contact details are: 0300 300 1554 or online, where you can find out more and self-refer.
If you know of any other useful resources please let us know so we can update this page.
Join our campaign
Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for more support for those who are suffering from Long Covid, as well as better support for frontline workers and those suffering the economic impact of our current restrictions. If you think there should be more support for those experiencing the after-effects of Covid-19 join our campaign.