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I went from regular TV commentator on COVID to long COVID sufferer in just a few months

By Nathalie MacDermott, Academic Clinical Lecturer in Paediatrics (Infectious Diseases), King's College London
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I first heard about the novel coronavirus on New Year’s Eve, 2019 – although the virus was yet to be identified. ProMed, an organisation that sends alerts on disease outbreaks worldwide, sent an urgent request for information about four patients in Wuhan, China, who were being treated for “pneumonia of unknown cause”. The media soon got wind of the story, and from then until the end of February, I spent most of my time being interviewed.

From my previous experience of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa…

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