Long Covid In Adults


This healthtalk.org section on Long Covid will be one of four on Covid in the UK.

Covid-19 is an infectious disease caused by a virus known as SARS-CoV-2. Although Covid-19 is the official name of the viral infection, we use the ‘Covid’ throughout for purposes of readability.

Whilst most people who get infected with Covid experience mild to moderate symptoms and illness, some become critically ill and require specialist medical care. In spring and summer 2020, reports began to appear in the media about people who were experiencing much longer lasting symptoms after catching Covid-19. We use the term ‘long Covid’, although other terms are sometimes used.

In this section, you can hear directly from people who have had a wide range of debilitating and sometimes confusing symptoms. These are people who know what it is like to have long Covid – here they talk about things they have found difficult and some of the things that have helped.


What you will hear about on the Long Covid in Adults (Interim Site) is based on 13 interviews conducted with people in spring-summer 2021. We interviewed 10 people across the UK about their experiences of long Covid. Three additional interviews came from the Healthtalk project [Covid Recovery].

We have produced this website in 2022, based on interviews with people who were first affected by Covid-19 and long Covid very early in the pandemic, in spring and summer 2020. We will be doing more interviews in 2022 to hear from different groups of people with long Covid experiences. We are keen to receive feedback from people who look at the website. Do you have a different experience to contribute? Are there important topics that have not been covered? How could the website be improved? Do you have any other comments to make?

You can contact us by email at: longcovstudy@stir.ac.uk.

Funded by

This project is supported by a grant from the Chief Scientist Office in Scotland. The project is a collaboration between the Institute for Social Marketing and Health at the University of Stirling, the University of Aberdeen and the Health Experiences Research Group at the University of Oxford.

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