‘I couldn’t walk 100 yards!’ Carol Vorderman, 60, reveals she battled the debilitating impact of Long Covid for three months
She regularly enthuses about going on long hikes, which help to keep her mentally and physically healthy.
During an appearance on Monday’s Good Morning Britain, the Countdown presenter, 60, told how she caught the deadly virus last year, before lockdown, but put on a brave face to teach her free online maths lessons to children across the country.
Oh no! Carol Vorderman, 60, has detailed her three month struggle with Long Covid, revealing that she ‘couldn’t walk 100 yards’ as she battled the lingering impact of coronavirus
Carol said: ‘Lockdown has been horrendous for many,’ before touching on her own experience.
She continued: ‘I got Covid before lockdown. Long covid. You know I’m a walker, so I can be like “oh I’ll go off and find a nice 15 miler today” – I couldn’t walk 100 yards. And months later I still couldn’t.’
Carol mimicked taking a long, strained gasp for air as she explained: ‘I would be like… “uhhhh”… Yeh months, probably three months.’
Thankfully, the popular presenter asserted that she has fully recovered, insisting: ‘I’m fine now, absolutely fine.’
What happened? During an appearance on Monday’s Good Morning Britain, the Countdown presenter told how she caught the deadly virus last year, before lockdown
Open and honest: The Pride of Britain host said: ‘Lockdown has been horrendous for many,’ before touching on her own experience
Hiker: ‘I got Covid before lockdown. Long covid. You know I’m a walker, so I can be like “oh I’ll go off and find a nice 15 miler today” – I couldn’t walk 100 yards’ she said (Pictured on a hike)
LONG COVID: WHAT IS IT AND COULD IT BE FOUR DIFFERENT SYNDROMES?
Covid-19 is described as a short-term illness caused by infection with the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Public health officials tend to say people will recover within two weeks or so.
However it’s become increasingly clear that this is not the case for everyone, and that the two-week period is only the ‘acute illness’ phase.
The North Bristol NHS Trust’s Discover project, which is studying the longer-term effects of coronavirus, found that out of a total of 110 patients given a three-month check up, most (74 per cent) had at least one persistent symptom after twelve weeks. The most common were:
- Excessive fatigue: 39%
- Breathlessness: 39%
- Insomnia: 24%
- Muscle pain: 23%
- Chest pain: 13%
- Cough: 12%
- Loss of smell: 12%
- Headache, fever, joint pain and diarrhoea: Each less than 10%
Other long term symptoms that have been reported by Covid-19 survivors, both suspected and confirmed, anecdotally, include hearing problems, ‘brain fog’, memory loss, lack of concentration, mental health problems and hair loss.
The impact of Long Covid on people who had mild illness have not been studied in depth yet.
Data from the King’s College London symptom tracking app shows that up to 500,000 people in the UK are currently suffering from the long-term effects of Covid-19.
In October, scientists claimed Long Covid could actually be split into four different syndromes.
Academics at the National Institute for Health Research — headed up by Professor Chris Whitty — were asked to review the limited evidence on long Covid to help both patients and doctors understand the ‘phenomenon’.
Their findings warned that even children can suffer and it can’t be assumed that people who are at lower risk of severe illness and death from Covid-19 are also at low risk of lasting side effects.
Doctors cautioned some mental health problems such as anxiety and depression in ‘long-haulers’, as they are known, could be down to lockdowns, as opposed to the virus itself.
The experts also claimed that the symptoms could be grouped into four different groups:
- Post intensive care syndrome (PICS)
- Post viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS)
- Permanent organ damage (POD)
- Long term Covid syndrome (LTCS)
Carol recently admitted that she ‘feels like she’s still 20,’ after wowing fans with her ageless complexion.
The maths whizz confessed she’s in denial about her age and has embraced feeling young at heart, adding she’s also ‘genuinely happy’ being single and has no plans to start hunting for ‘the One.’
Fully recovered: Thankfully, the popular presenter asserted that she has fully recovered, insisting: ‘I’m fine now, absolutely fine’
Hard worker: Carol gave free online maths lessons during lockdown despite battling Covid-19
Carol split from her Red Arrows pilot boyfriend Graham Duff five years ago and has been keeping in shape since with intermittent fasting and a personal trainer.
Of the prospect of a new romance, the presenter coyly explained: ‘I am genuinely happy being single with ‘special’ friends.’
And Carol will have plenty of time for dating whoever she pleases as she also revealed that she will no longer be working on TV projects.
The presenter detailed how she’d worked incredibly hard in 2020 and that her health suffered as a result, so she decided enough was enough.
‘In my head I feel like I’m 20!’ Carol recently admitted she’s in denial about turning 60 after wowing fans with her ageless complexion (pictured in 2017)