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LONG COVID: We spoke to Jo Thomas & her husband about what it’s like to live with Long Covid


One couple from Cardiff share their experience of what it’s like to live with Long Covid.

Jo Thomas from Cardiff caught covid in December 2020 and has not felt the same since. As well as a serious loss of appetite, she says she feels in a constant state of lethargy and more recently she has developed blood blisters on her arms. After countless tests and scans that could not find any source of her illness, the diagnosis is long covid.

To help more people be correctly diagnosed and access support for long covid, Jo, along with other patients, is hoping to get a petition to the Senedd. The petition calls on the government to invest a portion of a £5million covid recovery fund into specialist clinics.
Over in England, a blood test that could potentially help to identify the condition is being developed, with more attention, research and funding now being directed at the condition.
Jo has the autoimmune disease lupus, which has raised some questions as to wether those with autoimmune conditions are more susceptible to long covid.
The current situation

A total of 154,334 deaths have now occurred in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, the Office for National Statistics has said.

The highest number of deaths to occur on a single day was 1,483 on January 19.

During the first wave of the virus, the daily toll peaked at 1,461 deaths on April 8 2020.

Care homes

Some 20 care home resident deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales were registered in the week to July 9, up from 11 deaths in the previous week.

In total, 42,587 care home residents in England and Wales have had Covid-19 recorded on their death certificate since the pandemic began.

The ONS figures cover deaths of care home residents in all settings, not just in care homes.

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