17 years old - Normandy, France
Alicia's Long Covid story began with a positive test on the 28th of January, 2021. Though she
was asymptomatic, she decided to get tested because of the fact that the new lunchroom policy implemented by her school (in which students were seated in the order of their arrival) created opportunity for intermingling of students between grades, and she worried about her COVID-safety. She spent the following evening confined in her room, showing no symptoms, but taking protective measures anyways for her family's sake. The following morning, however, Alicia found herself with a harrowing headache and sore throat, accompanied by crushing fatigue.
Her primary care provider called to prescribe her supplements and check in on her, and her parents and little sister all tested negative, proving that her swift isolation was effective.
Alicia returned to school two days after her isolation period was complete to take her final exams. Her last week of school, she felt incredibly fatigued, and slept for hours every day after school. Two weeks after her initial infection, Alicia began to notice new symptoms surfacing. She experienced small rashes, along with fatigue, brain fog, headaches, difficulty concentrating when writing, etc. By the third week, she noticed her condition further declining, and experienced hair loss, confusion, low blood pressure, weakness, among many other symptoms.
Alicia's studies have been increasingly difficult due to her condition, and she feels as though her teachers aren't completely supportive of the experience she's having. They often remark that she "doesn't look ill or tired" or "has been sick for too long for this to be real". Alicia has been able to keep up her stellar grades, but has not felt understood or supported by her educators or her peers. Being extremely precautious about COVID safety, Alicia wears her mask and follows social distancing protocols very seriously, which has resulted in gradual social isolation as her friends began to exclude her from their usual social gatherings.
She hopes that being able to speak with others facing the same difficulty as her will help her to find a community of support as she looks toward days of better health.