Practically a 12 months later, she remains to be unable to work.
After growing a minor temperature, the healthcare assistant was left successfully bedridden for six weeks.
Her lengthy checklist of signs included “searing ache” towards her cranium, extreme fatigue, ache leaping from bone to bone, swollen glands, and an abnormally quick coronary heart charge, referred to as tachycardia.
To get the most recent electronic mail updates from Yorkshire Dwell, click here.
“With out my household there isn’t any method I may have fed myself,” she mentioned. “I used to be simply unable to do any of the fundamentals.”
However though Kath’s well being has improved, she nonetheless feels she will be able to solely do 20 per cent of what she may do earlier than – to not point out just a few relapses she has had on the highway to restoration.
On a typical day pre-Covid, the mother-of-two would stroll 25-30,000 steps. Now she manages about 1,500 a day.
“I am by no means freed from the fatigue,” she mentioned. “It hits me like a ton of bricks. I can not even unscrew a bottle prime.
“I can do just a few jobs round the home however I pay the value the subsequent day.
“My respiration’s fairly shallow and I’ve lots of strain in my chest.
“I’ve made lots of progress, nevertheless it’s so painfully gradual and irritating.”
As irregular as Kath’s state of affairs appears, the mysterious situation referred to as Lengthy Covid is in no way uncommon amongst those that have caught the virus.
About one in ten folks contaminated with coronavirus within the UK will expertise signs for at the least 12 weeks, in accordance with Workplace for Nationwide Statistics knowledge launched in December.
Meaning as many as 36,000 folks in Yorkshire and the Humber may have suffered with Lengthy Covid within the pandemic to date.
However its signs are wide-ranging and unpredictable, mentioned medical professor Sarah Rowland-Jones, who’s researching Lengthy Covid sufferers on the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield as a part of a nationwide examine.
“The signs are very different, it does appear to have the capability to have an effect on many elements of the physique,” the University of Sheffield educational mentioned.
“Completely different folks have fairly completely different experiences.
“It doesn’t appear to select individuals who have been sick beforehand. We’ve seen fairly lots of people who have been extraordinarily match earlier than who received Covid and at the moment are incapacitated.
“It’s so unpredictable, folks steadily get higher over time after which appear to return to the place they have been weeks earlier than. It’s like snakes and ladders.”
Recorded Lengthy Covid signs embrace fatigue, breathlessness, coronary heart palpitations, cough, voice issues, and points with style or scent.
However some sufferers are experiencing neurological issues too.
Kath and two different Lengthy Covid victims, Maddie Culling and Annie Glover, all undergo with “mind fog”.
“I can’t at all times communicate the correct method. It makes you’re feeling silly,” Kath mentioned.
Maddie, from Hebden Bridge, nonetheless suffers from numerous neurological signs since contracting the virus initially of April final 12 months.
“I communicate loads slower than I used to, I overlook phrases mid-sentence,” the 32-year-old mentioned.
“Typically I get the sensation that bugs are crawling beneath my pores and skin.”
Sam Brooke is YorkshireLive’s devoted Perception Reporter, protecting tales which matter to our readers throughout Yorkshire’s great communities.
Comply with Sam on Twitter here
You’ll be able to learn extra of his tales here
Ship an electronic mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or contact Sam on Facebook if you wish to share any information, tales or updates
Did you movie an ideal video? Ship your footage through WhatsApp to 07785 419859
Researcher Sarah has additionally seen this in her research.
“We run cognitive assessments, one is to ask folks to call as many phrases as they’ll beginning with ‘f’ in 60 seconds,” she mentioned.
“Somebody who had scored fairly effectively in different areas mentioned ‘soccer’ and couldn’t consider anything, he was getting fairly indignant with himself.”
Many Lengthy Covid victims say they’re pissed off by their state of affairs and face skepticism concerning the situation.
Maddie used to follow Muay Thai kickboxing earlier than she contracted coronavirus. Now breathlessness, coronary heart palpitations and joint ache imply she typically has to stroll with a stick
However nonetheless she feels some individuals are not taking Lengthy Covid severely sufficient.
“Typically it comes throughout that [Long Covid sufferers] are weak and do not wish to get higher,” mentioned Maddie.
“I’m decided to get again to doing train however I can’t do it.”
Mirfield retiree Annie Glover, who has suffered with Lengthy Covid since October, felt folks don’t correctly perceive fatigue.
“It is overwhelming,” mentioned the 65-year-old. “Then you definitely go to mattress and you may’t get to sleep for 3 hours.”
In the meantime retired Saltaire instructor Alison Cairess mentioned folks “received sick of listening to about” her wrestle with the situation since she contracted coronavirus final March.
After 10 days bed-ridden – “I felt like I used to be going to die on three events,” she mentioned – the 58-year-old thought she was starting to get better.
However 5 weeks on the avid tennis participant discovered herself unable to train.
“I’d stroll to the tip of the highway, my coronary heart charge was going as much as 150,” she mentioned.
But she nonetheless confronted skepticism – together with one physician saying she possible had nervousness, Alison mentioned.
“I rang the physician’s they usually mentioned it was nothing to fret about,” she mentioned.
“They have been actually blasé about it, and my household was saying ‘You should be higher now’.
“I didn’t comprehend it was Covid. I had no sense of scent, however that wasn’t within the authorities tips on the time.”
“They understood and believed me,” she mentioned.
However she additionally mentioned the 37,000-strong Lengthy Covid Assist Group on Fb was essential in serving to her take care of her situation.
“To seek out out different individuals are struggling with the identical factor is a reduction,” mentioned Maddie.
NHS help can also be being rolled out throughout Yorkshire for these with Lengthy Covid.
In December NHS England introduced “Lengthy Covid clinics” can be arrange at 10 hospital trusts throughout the county.
In the meantime a York Educating Hospitals NHS Belief spokeswoman mentioned its clinic was nonetheless within the “strategy planning stage”.
In Leeds, a specialist rehab service run by Leeds Educating Hospitals NHS Belief and Leeds Neighborhood Healthcare NHS Belief has helped 450 Lengthy Covid sufferers because it was arrange in September.
With no particular therapies but discovered for the situation, the clinic’s group is utilizing numerous completely different strategies to assist sufferers get better.
“Because of the common age being 48, most sufferers are needing individualised help with return to work,” mentioned scientific lead Rachel Tarrant.
“We are utilizing a self-management method to care, giving them the instruments to self-manage their signs as they proceed to get better over time.
“Typically easy way of life interventions when utilized in tandem are proving very efficient.
“We’ve got developed some digital programs to deal with the primary signs of fatigue, mind fog and breathlessness, which our occupational therapists and physiotherapists lead.
“The dieticians within the group have additionally created some distinctive assets – digital programs to help wholesome consuming and poor urge for food and a podcast we will ship out to sufferers to assist scent and style re-training.”
However therapies are always altering as medics be taught extra about Lengthy Covid.
Enter your postcode to seek out your nearest vaccine centre
With so many victims requiring specialist help, the situation is more likely to put extra strain on the NHS.
The Authorities’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) warned in February that Lengthy Covid is “more likely to trigger important challenges… the well being and social care system within the coming years.”
However it is necessary to not overlook the human tales behind the numbers.
Whereas some Lengthy Covid sufferers really feel optimistic about overcoming their unpredictable sickness, others are much less so.
“All I have been informed is it would get higher over time,” mentioned Maddie. “That hasn’t occurred but.”
“For the time being I really feel fairly optimistic and steadily higher, I can train extra,” mentioned Alison.
“I had a beautiful, lively, fulfilling life. I don’t need greater than I already had,” Kath mentioned.
“I’ve received to say I’ll get again there.”