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Over corona? So she thought, but 12 weeks on she can’t lift her fingers

Increasingly common post-viral fatigue leaves sufferers with a leftover lethargy that seems to go on forever

Victoria Lambert

Some days, digital marketeer Hayley Forster just feels heavy and tired. But at other times, Forster, now 12 weeks post Covid-19, feels so exhausted she cannot, she says, lift her fingers.

Last week, Forster, who lives with her husband and their two girls, tried a two-minute walk outside her home and ended up feeling so shattered she stayed in bed for the following weekend.

Forster’s experience seems remarkably common. Anecdotally, many people who have had coronavirus are saying they are finding it leaves behind a residual tiredness that is difficult to overcome. So persistent a symptom is post-viral fatigue that it has been included as a marker for the new Covidence UK study (https://www.qmul.ac.uk/covidence/) which is looking into risk factors and long-term complications for Covid-19, as well as evaluating its impact on the British population...

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