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Coronavirus : Youth caution of long Covid amid jab drive

Young people have shared stories of the devastating effects of long Coronavirus as they urge others to get jabbed.


A new NHS video publicizes the experiences of three previously healthy people as part of a drive to inspire vaccine for Coronavirus uptake.

Quincy Dwamena, 31, mentioned that he delayed his jab and “ended up being hospitalized and thought I was going to die”.

It arrives as the government says it has met its objective of offering all 16 and 17-year-olds in England a Covid jab.

More than 360,000 people in this age group in England have now been given a first dose of the vaccine.

They are being asked to book an appointment with their GP or visit a walk-in centre.

In the video to encourage young people to get inoculated, Mr Dwamena, from East London, defined himself as a “healthy young guy” who “went to the gym often” deferred getting the vaccine and became seriously ill.

He mentioned, “My advice is to get the vaccine: don’t put yourself and others at risk, I wish I’d got mine as soon as it was offered.”

Megan Higgins, 25, and Ella Harwood, 23, were earlier healthy and active but are now suffering from extreme fatigue because of long Covid.

Ms Higgins, a special needs tutor from London, mentioned those eight months on, she still “can’t even walk around the shops without getting exhausted”.

She shared with BBC Breakfast on bad days that she experiences all over joint pain and “that feeling of being absolutely exhausted from when you wake up to when you go to sleep”.

“One of the things I really notice is my emotional resilience… when you’re that tired everything hits you so much harder,” she mentioned.

“I had a knot at the end of my hair and trying to comb it out I remember getting so upset because I couldn’t keep my hands above my head long enough to pick at the knot. I remember getting so frustrated that I wasn’t strong enough to do it. I wasn’t aware enough or awake enough. Something as silly as brushing your hair out can be emotionally really quite traumatizing.” She mentioned that it was “definitely worth getting the coronavirus vaccine… because the long-term effects can be more devastating than the actual short-term virus for some people.”

Ms Harwood, an illustrator from London, mentioned she was bed-bound for seven months and doubts she will “never be the same again”. She said, “I was fit and healthy I had literally no conditions. I was doing exercise and for about seven months solid and I genuinely though I might die that year.” She added, “My advice to anyone really, young and old, would be to get the vaccine because it’s a naive way of thinking that you’re invincible just because you’re fit and healthy and you eat the right stuff.”

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