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Breathlessness, palpitations, aches and extreme fatigue... the plight of NI's Covid-19 'long haulers' battling sickness months after falling ill

While most coronavirus patients recover within two weeks, researchers examining the tracing app data have found that as many as one in 10 suffers for three weeks or more — and some experience symptoms for months on end. Here, Linda Stewart talks to three local people still experiencing severe symptoms many weeks after contracting the virus

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Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy

Family support: Pat Conroy and daughter Kate Connolly

Family support: Pat Conroy and daughter Kate Connolly

Still recovering: Kate Davidson and husband Kevin James

Still recovering: Kate Davidson and husband Kevin James

Kate Davidson

Kate Davidson

Tough times: Julianne Smyth with husband Steven and children Mia and Caleb

Tough times: Julianne Smyth with husband Steven and children Mia and Caleb

Pat Conroy

Mum-of-three Pat Conroy (80), from north Belfast, was in the Mater Hospital for two and a half weeks after being diagnosed with Covid-19. She is still experiencing symptoms long after being released from hospital on Good Friday.

Her daughter, Kate Connolly, says that while Pat is in the “at risk” age category, she was an active and healthy pensioner who enjoyed the independence still being able to drive gave her and had just moved house.

“We’d heard about the outbreak, but it seemed to be something that was happening somewhere else,” Kate says.