How long has Covid impacted dance music professionals
Another symptom of long Covid is what is colloquially known as “brain fog”; Term used to describe symptoms such as lack of concentration, feeling confused, forgetfulness, lost words and mental fatigue. Warren, who was about to submit the first draft of a book before contracting Covid on New Years Day 2021, found she was unable to synthesize the information. “I could read, I could integrate it, but I couldn’t put it back,” she says. “I couldn’t finish this draft because I couldn’t work; not just because of fatigue, but because my cognitive function was affected. I was beaten, flushed, flattened.
Today, there is no immediate financial help for people with the long Covid. Many are denied institutions they would normally rely on. “We are all hugely indebted to the NHS and the workforce of healthcare professionals throughout this period,” says DEBONAIR, “but for the first seven to nine months I was gassed by medical professionals health. I wasn’t getting any sort of validation or recognition, and I gave up completely.
After pandemic-related financial uncertainty caused DEBONAIR to relocate several times, which caused her to fall off the priority list due to changes in GP surgeries, she finally underwent a heart exam last summer: “My heart is now 25% faster than it was before I had Covid”. She could feel herself having heart palpitations, but the medical professionals promised her it was normal. The stress of these experiences, she believes, was a factor.
“Within humanity, it’s not too fast,” she says, “and I hope it will recover, but it’s just a new reality that I live with now. It certainly contributes to why I feel so many palpitations.
Shujaat managed to see a nutritionist and a physiotherapist, but all out of pocket. “I used to go every week but now maybe I go once a month,” he says. “A lot of the money I made was invested in recovery tools. I know that’s not an avenue financially available to everyone, so I was very lucky to be able to pay for these things.
More than two years into the pandemic, institutions are finally catching up with the long Covid. After focusing only on studying people admitted to hospital, the UK government has since recognized the need for research into people with long-term symptoms that do not require hospitalization.
In 2021, the University of Birmingham was awarded £2.3 million over two years to conduct a major digital clinical study, called the TLC study. Chief Medical Officer for England and head of the NIHR, Professor Chris Whitty, said: “Good research is absolutely essential to understanding, diagnosing and then treating any disease, to relieving symptoms and ultimately improving lives.”