Being Interviewed – Living with Chronic Illness and Long Covid

A couple of weeks ago I was interviewed for a local online magazine. The journalist Chloe Clarke asked how it has felt to live through the pandemic as a “vulnerable person” with chronic illness and to contract Covid, then to later be diagnosed with Long Covid. I was also spoke about how I feel about the lifting of restrictions.

“Two days into the first lockdown in March 2020, retired nurse Claire Saul started coughing and was later diagnosed with Covid.

One day, her symptoms got so bad that an ambulance arrived to assist with her breathing while she was turning blue – but they were reluctant to take her to hospital because of her chronic conditions, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS).

A friend of Claire’s who shopped for her while she was ill told her that when she pulled up, she could hear her “horrendous cough” from the kerb outside her house.

Speaking about her Covid symptoms, Claire, 52, from Cheam (on the Surrey border), said: “I became quite ill quite quickly – high temperature, breathing difficulties, and it went on for a few weeks.”

Claire said that she has had problems with her chest ever since and has been diagnosed with Long Covid.”

Please read the full Surrey Live article by Chloe Clarke here:

3 thoughts on “Being Interviewed – Living with Chronic Illness and Long Covid

  1. This is fantastic, Claire! The interview & article in your local mag, not you getting Covid at the start of the pandemic and still dealing with the effects of long Covid even now. That part is awful – you’re a glutton for punishment with that on top of current health issues! But a huge congrats for doing such a wonderful job with the interview. I’d like to hope more people will think about how dangerous this virus is and how it isn’t, despite Boris suddenly sweeping it under the rug, over yet. xx


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