The Wider Image: The faces in the fog of 'long COVID'
A combination picture shows long COVID sufferer Beatriz Perez, a 51-year-old computer engineer, posing for a photograph taken through blue plastic, and the staircase leading to Perez's flat photographed through blue plastic, in Fuenlabrada, Spain, March 4, 2021. The photographs were taken through blue plastic to visualise the effects of long COVID. Perez used to go trekking on weekends, but now is rarely able to complete her personal challenge of walking all the way down the stairs from her eighth-floor apartment, not to mention up. "One day I tried to at least go down the stairs and I don't even think I made it two floors down, I was in so much pain. I felt so disappointed. Am I ever going to be able to live a normal life again?" she said. Permanent fatigue, muscle and joint pain and forgetfulness have kept her off work for a year, and she says "the worst thing is living with the uncertainty" of not knowing when or if she will recover. Perez leads a daily mindfulness online class with other people who suffer from long COVID. "If it were not for meditation I might have already been put on antidepressants." REUTERS/Susana Vera SEARCH "SPAIN LONGCOVID" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES