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The clinic assists patients in the long-term transfer of the COVID Triangle in London

LONDON (AP) – Gary Miller was driving a London taxi. Rohit Patel worked in a supermarket. Bari Bvalyan was in the field of customer service.

When the coronavirus tore through their London boroughs in early 2020, they all fell ill. More than a year later, they are still struggling.

“It’s like a bandage,” said Miller, a 57-year-old former fitness enthusiast who overcomes leg pain, joint pain, headaches and shortness of breath. “There are times when I see light at the end of the tunnel. I feel like I’m taking a step forward, a sudden blow – I’m sick again, I’m taking two steps back. “

Even at a time when London was looking after life after the blockade, thousands of people are still struggling with the long-term physical, mental and emotional consequences of the virus. Help is coming through “long COVID” clinics, where healthcare providers and patients չափազանց Britain’s over-extended healthcare system are exposed to the persistent effects of the virus.

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Adam Enley, a respiratory counselor at King George Hole Hospital in Eastford, East London, said last summer that some of the discharged coronavirus patients were not recovering. They had a wide range of symptoms, including fatigue, muscle aches, shortness of breath, headaches, anxiety, and depression.

The hospital serves an area dubbed the “COVID Triangle” – three of London’s outermost districts with the highest rates of infection in Britain. It is a multinational area inhabited by many South Londoners, groups that have seen higher rates of serious COVID-19 mortality than white Britons.

High levels of poverty, overcrowded housing, front-line residents, including paramedics, taxi drivers, and retailers all contributed to the spread of the virus.

Einley began to use the experience of many subject partners to treat the “long COVID” or long-term COVID label. His clinic was one of the first in the whole of England to be funded by the state-funded National Health Service.

Ainley said it aims to offer a “one-stop shop” approach to solving the complex problem.

“We will try to solve all the components of your illness,” he said. “When you get to the clinic, you will see me, you will see a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, our clinical psychologist. From cardiology, rheumatology, if necessary, I have access to other specialized members based on your symptoms. ”

Some patients have even been given songwriting therapy.

The term long-term COVID, which is used to refer to a number of persistent post-viral symptoms, is not universal. Although most people recover from coronavirus infections within a few weeks, the British Bureau of Statistics says that almost 14% still report symptoms within 12 weeks.

700 patients were registered at the Ainley Clinic, 120 of them on the waiting list. Their symptoms are often both mental and physical. Psychologist Mark Kingsley says that many people have memory loss – “brain fog”, as well as loneliness – low mood.

Kingsley said. “Some of the people I spoke to are survivors.” “They really feel guilty that they survived when they saw people leaving in front of them.

“Many of our patients tell us they do not feel they can just talk to friends and family,” he said. “They do not want to upset people.”

In addition to home visits from physiotherapists, Miller receives phone calls from the therapist where he can talk about his frustrations.

“It’s nice to talk to other people, to burden my breasts,” he said. “And to find out through him that there are people in the same boat with me.”

The UK, which has seen nearly 128,000 deaths from the coronavirus, has reported nearly 4.5 million infections, so long-term COVID is likely to be a burden in the coming years. But clinics are struggling to access health care resources that are facing undiagnosed, untreated, cancer, and other diseases. Some people with COVID for a long time say they can not go to a specialist clinic.

The NHS has donated միլիոն 34 million ($ 48 million) to clinics, and CEO Simon Stevens has promised more funding.

Britain provided resources relatively quickly to COVID for a long time, but it was still months before many patients received specialist care. The King George Cave Clinic is still treating patients who fell ill in the spring of 2020. It is now beginning to see infected people during an even bigger outbreak in the British winter.

“The first wave I feel full about,” said physiotherapist Jane Ayn Clark. “It’s nice to see them develop so fast, you think, ‘I just wish I had known about you sooner.'”

Aylin says. “There is no gold standard or evidence-based treatment for long-term COVID,” he said, but he is encouraged to see many patients get better.

“I have been following their travels since the first reception of some of them,” he said. “People admitted in April last year have now been discharged from our clinic as they are now returning to work. “We have had people attending weddings … people joining their families … people who were mostly out of the house now going out on the streets.”

Progress can be unpleasantly slow. Bweila, 66, struggles with breathing, memory, and counts on the support of his wife, Barbara, around the clock.

“I never thought I would walk, but now at least I can walk on a stick,” he said. “But sometimes I get so frustrated. “I love my granddaughter, but I can’t even play with her.”

Miller, Bvalyan և Patel is well known to many people – co-workers, relatives, friends who have contracted COVID-19, some who have died.

“Sometimes it makes you wonder, ‘How did I survive? Many people could not.’ Patel said.

Last year, the 62-year-old supermarket cashier spent three months in the King George Cave Hospital with the virus, including six weeks in a coma.

Almost a year after being discharged, he is still short of breath and suffers from numbness in his legs. But he can make a cup of tea, he can walk slowly around the block. He hopes to return to work next month.

“It has come a long way, but I think I am getting there,” said Patel, zealously optimistic. “I see this as a second life.”

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Read AP’s “London. Other parts of the series “Beyond the Epidemic”: https://apnews.com/article/london-beyond-the-pandemic-837183578755

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